EMMC Announces Changes in Leadership


(Bangor, ME) — Eastern Maine Medical Center announced several leadership changes today. James Raczek, MD, EMMC’s chief medical officer, has been promoted to the position of senior vice president of operations and chief medical officer at EMMC.

Dr. Raczek has served EMMC’s patients for more than 20 years in numerous roles, including chief of Family Medicine Service and president of EMMC Medical Staff. He became EMMC’s vice president and chief medical officer in 2003. As Dr. Raczek takes on this new role, he will continue his responsibilities as chief medical officer at EMMC. He will assume added responsibilities for patient care service lines, and employed physician practice management.

Having a physician leading this integrated work signifies EMMC’s belief that strong physician and administrative teamwork is crucial to continue improving our performance at our organization, Dr. Raczek told Medical Staff members in a letter announcing the change.

In other changes, EMMC’s chief nursing officer, Lisa Swanson, RN, has resigned from her position effective this April. Lisa is leaving her post at EMMC to spend more time with her family. Under Lisa’s guidance, EMMC nurses have achieved new, even higher levels of patient satisfaction – a trend the organization will continue to pursue as it moves forward. EMMC has begun a nationwide search for a new chief nursing officer.

Mike Donahue, EMMC’s vice president of physician practices, will transition into a vice president role at EMHS, following his exceptional work in preparing EMMC for changes associated with healthcare reform, including a new emphasis on Accountable Care Organizations. Mike will continue his leadership at the system level, guiding Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems as the new models of healthcare delivery emerge from healthcare reform.

“Change is part of our landscape in healthcare, and it provides opportunities to grow and adapt,” observes EMMC president and CEO Deborah Carey Johnson, RN. “My thanks and congratulations to all three of these leaders as they take on new challenges and pursue their opportunities. EMMC has been a better place because of each of their contributions.”