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May 8, 2024

MaineHealth names its first system-wide chief development officer

MaineHealth, Maine’s largest health care system, has promoted the vice president of Maine Medical Center’s philanthropy department to be the first system-wide chief development officer.

Susan Doliner will now take on the role of chief development officer of MaineHealth until her planned retirement in January 2025.

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Susan Doliner

She will oversee the creation of a system-wide philanthropy department. MaineHealth has begun a search for a permanent chief development officer to succeed her.
“Sue is the right person to get us started on this important initiative,” said Dr. Andrew Mueller, CEO of MaineHealth.

“A system-wide philanthropy department will not change how gifts are to be used to support our local hospital organizations or specific projects. In fact, it will enhance our efforts to raise funds within and for our communities by promoting best practices and better coordination among our local philanthropy teams. It is an opportunity to raise up all our philanthropy programs and expand donor relationships across our service area.”

Doliner has built a career in philanthropy over three decades. At Maine Medical Center, Doliner directed philanthropic programs that generated more than $350 million. 
She and her team raised money for the Coastal Cancer Treatment Center in Bath, the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center, the Gibson Pavilion for Oncology Patients, the Bean 2 Joint and Surgery Center, Scarborough Surgery Center, expansion of the MMC Emergency Department, MMC Women and Infants Building, Coulombe Tower Expansion, Malone Family Tower, MMC Helipad and, later, the expanded Heliport atop the Coulombe Tower and the Maine Children's Cancer Program, among other initiatives.

"Philanthropy's tremendous return on investment is at its best when the art and science of the profession are in sync,” said Doliner. “I’m excited to be leading MaineHealth's team of philanthropy professionals who, together with engaged community leaders who exhibit excitement and passion for who we are and what we can become, will play an important role in helping us achieve our MaineHealth vision of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America."

More about Doliner

As a fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Doliner has been recognized for her contributions to the field. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Harold J. Seymour Award.

Prior to her time at Maine Medical Center, she served as director of development at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., and associate director of development at Bates College in Lewiston.

The Cape Elizabeth resident graduated from Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and subsequently completed a master's in business coursework at the Crummer School of Finance and Business.  

Doliner has served on the boards of Bates College, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Institute for Civic Leadership and Piper Shores Retirement Community, and is a corporator for Gorham Savings Bank. She is also a member of the AHP’s Madison Institute and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital board.

MaineHealth has more than 23,000 employees, including more than 2,000 physicians and advanced practice professionals across more than 250 practice locations.

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