Coastal Healthcare Alliance
Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital officially begin operating as a unified system under the legal name of Coastal Healthcare Alliance on December 1, 2015. Each center remains the same, we’re simply offering our shared services and programs to the entire region. This collaboration allows us to enhance patient care, control the rising cost of healthcare and improve the health of people in the communities we serve.
Since the beginning of the Pen Bay/Waldo collaboration process in the fall of 2014, we have successfully integrated more than 50 clinical and non-clinical programs. These consolidated programs help us provide high-quality, specialty care to our friends and neighbors in a more efficient way.
Thank you for trusting us with this process. Becoming one system in an alliance for a healthy Midcoast allows us to work better together for each and every patient—and family—we provide care for.
Board of Directors
Lee Woodward, Jr.
D. Kent Clark, MD
James C. Delehanty, MD
Paul Klainer, MD
|Dale W. Kuhnert
William Lambie, MD
Jennifer McKenna, MD
Deborah Peabody, MD
Cornelius Yetman, MD
Benjamin Mailloux, MD
Robert Stein, MD
David Bachman, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Pen Bay Medical Center
Chief Operating Officer, Waldo County General Hospital
Mark A. Biscone, CPA, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital
Kent Clark, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Waldo County General Hospital
Paula Delahanty, RN, BSN, MHSA
Vice President, Nursing Services, Pen Bay Medical Center
Linda Drinkwater, CPA, FHFMA
Regional Chief Financial Officer, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital
Rob Fowler, RN, BSN
Regional Chief of Quality & Support Services, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital
Erik Frederick, MHA
Chief Operating Officer, Pen Bay Medical Center
Tom Girard, SPHR
Senior Director Human Resources, Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital and LincolnHealth
Heather Quesnel, BSN, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Waldo County General Hospital
Q. Is the creation of this parent company really just an organizational merger?
A. No. Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital remain separate organizations, each with their own operational and medical staff. A new local parent will ensure that decisions in the future are made in consideration of the needs of residents throughout our region, not just one part of our region or the other. Establishment of a local parent company signals a long term commitment, with full expectation for mutual investment and development into the future.
Q. Pen Bay and Waldo are already collaborating by sharing administrative and clinical resources. Why are these changes necessary when this collaboration already exists?
A. It is true that employees, medical staffs, and administrative leadership are already making changes that involve sharing resources and streamlining services. Everyone involved has worked hard to make these arrangements successful. However, for these and additional such changes be lasting and permanent, and for us to continue to expand and build on them, the hospitals themselves must have a shared administrative and Board leadership structure. Additionally, the Boards will request that the Medical Staffs work together to examine collaboration opportunities and the potential benefits of an integrated medical staff model.
Q. How will these potential changes impact patients?
A. These changes will give us a better chance of ensuring that residents of Knox and Waldo counties will continue to have access to specialty care as close to home as possible. Patients will continue to see the same doctors, particularly their primary care doctors such as pediatricians and family doctors. Some specialty doctors have begun and others will begin providing care at both hospitals. In some cases services that used to be available at only one hospital will be available at both. However, some types of care may be located at only one hospital. In these cases, patients would receive their care there. It’s important to remember that the overall goal is to minimize the need for patients from having to travel very long distances to receive services in Portland or other communities far from home.
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