Mid Coast–Parkview Health president to retire
Mid Coast–Parkview Health President Lois SkillsRN, MS, FACHE, will retire in early 2023.
Skills helped guide the organization through a number of changes. After the merger of the Bath Memorial and Brunswick Regional Hospitals to form Mid Coast Hospital in 1991, she was instrumental in the planning for a new hospital building that opened on Medical Center Drive in 2001, which was followed by a $21.3 million expansion in 2009.
Skillings has worked for Mid Coast-Parkview Health in numerous nursing and leadership capacities since 1979, and has been the president for the past 11 years. She began her career at Brunswick Regional Hospital as a medical-surgical nurse, then as an emergency nurse. She later earned her master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Southern Maine. Before she was president, she was vice president of Nursing and Patient Services from 1995-2010, then executive vice president from 2010-2011.
In 2015, Skills navigated the merger between Mid Coast Health Services and Parkview Adventist Medical Center to form Mid Coast–Parkview Health. In 2020, after a comprehensive exploratory process, she led Mid Coast–Parkview Health’s merger with MaineHealth, which paved the way for a comprehensive strategy to adopt MaineHealth’s shared electronic health record, Epic.
“Lois’s commitment to the health of this community – her community – has been nothing short of admirable,” wrote Lennie Burkechairperson of the Mid Coast–Parkview Health Board of Directors, and Kelly Elkins, chief operating officer of MaineHealthBurke, in a joint statement. “She has made an extraordinary mark on local health care, and her efforts have helped to make our communities among the healthiest in Maine.”
Hires, promotions, appointments
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Heather Robinson has been promoted to executive vice president, chief human resources officer at Camden National Bank. Robinson, who lives in Portland, has been a senior vice president, chief human resources officer since starting with the bank in 2018.
Shireen Shahawy is the new assistant director of sales and marketing at OceanView at Falmouth. Her last position was the executive director at the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ.
Frank H. Bishop Jr. is the 2022 president of the Maine State Bar Association. Bishop, a partner at Hudson Cook LLP in Portland, succeeds outgoing Kelly McDonald of Murray Plumb & Murray. Asha Echeverriaa shareholder at Bernstein Shur in Portland, has been named to its Board of Governors as a representative to the Black, Indigenous and People of Color Lawyers Section.
Mardi Farmer is a new member/financial services representative at the Bath location of Midcoast FCU. Farmer is especially fond of meeting the needs of the elderly.
Erin Knight is the newest member of Town & Country Federal Credit Union’s volunteer board of directors. Knight is the chief product officer at WEX Ventures.
Jade Johnson was promoted to anti-trafficking services director from anti-trafficking services supervisor at Preble Street in Portland, and Erin McBrady was promoted to community case management services director from a supervisor at the Temporary Quarantine and Emergency Shelter. Preble Street’s mission is to provide services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger and poverty.