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Central Maine Medical Center names new president

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Central Maine Medical Center names new president

Central Maine Medical Center announces the appointment of Laird Covey to the position of president, effective immediately.

Covey, who holds degrees from Oberlin College, Boston University and the University of Minnesota, has served for more than three decades in health-care leadership positions across northern New England. He has been associated with Central Maine Medical Family since 1989, first as CMMC vice president of Medical Affairs, then as president and chief executive officer of Bridgton Hospital, and most recently as CMMC chief operating officer.

Covey assumes the position previously held by Peter Chalke, who will continue in his role as president and chief executive officer of Central Maine Medical Family, the parent company overarching a large and growing group of provider organizations serving western, central and coastal Maine. These organizations currently include Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital, Rumford Hospital, Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions, and affiliated long-term care facilities, clinics and practices.

Central Maine Medical Family's growing relationship with Parkview Hospital, the recruitment of an executive director to lead Central Maine Medical Family's 200-member multi-specialty physician group, and the anticipated development of new system-wide strategic initiatives, required Chalke to elinquish his CMMC position to head the larger corporation on a full-time basis.

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