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Central Maine Healthcare names new president


Jeff Brickman

The Central Maine Healthcare Board of Directors has named Jeff Brickman, FACHE, as its next president and chief executive officer. Brickman comes to Central Maine Healthcare from Centura Health in Englewood, Colorado, where he serves as president of the Mountains and North Denver Operating Group and President and CEO of St. Anthony Hospital.

“Following a thorough search and interview process, the board unanimously endorsed Jeff Brickman as the next President and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare,” said CMH Board of Directors Chair Deborah Dunlap Avasthi. “Jeff’s extensive experience in complex healthcare environments and his commitment to quality and patient satisfaction compliments the goals of our organization.

“We look forward to Jeff’s leadership to advance the organization to the next level in a very dynamic industry and enthusiastically welcome Jeff and his wife Elaine to the Central Maine Medical Family,”

Centura Health, a not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare organization comprised of 17 hospitals in Colorado and western Kansas, is the largest health system in its region. As group president of the largest division of Centura Health, Brickman oversees the strategic and operational planning for the region’s integrated health care delivery system. This network includes eight hospitals, two of which are contract-managed critical access hospitals, as well as an extensive ambulatory footprint and a comprehensive range of outpatient services, including post-acute care facilities.

Prior to joining Centura Health, Brickman was system senior vice president of Provena Health and the regional CEO of two hospitals and an ambulatory network in Joliet, Illinois. He also served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Meridian Health System in Wall, New Jersey.

Brickman earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a master’s in business administration with an emphasis in health care administration from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on numerous other civic and professional groups. He and his wife, Elaine, a registered nurse, have three grown children.

Brickman succeeds incumbent President and CEO Peter E. Chalke, who announced his retirement in January. Chalke has served in that role since 2002 and has been with Central Maine Healthcare for 33 years. Brickman will join CMH on September 19. Chalke will continue in his current role through that time and will remain involved in a number of key community initiatives in the coming year.

“I am confident that the board has made an excellent choice in the selection of Jeff Brickman as the next President and CEO,” Chalke said. “His depth of experience and vision are congruent with the strategic direction of this organization. I look forward to assisting with Jeff’s transition to Central Maine Healthcare and this community.”

Central Maine Healthcare is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving some 400,000 people living in central, western and mid-coast Maine. CMH’s hospital facilities include Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital. CMH also supports the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, located at CMMC in Lewiston, and the Central Maine Medical Group, a primary and specialty care practice organization with offices throughout the region. For more information, visit

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