CEO Michelle Hood: Collaborating and Coordinating at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems
In December 2011, EMHS was named as one of the 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations. "When we started down this path, we made an educated decision to also reinvent our entire system, including the leadership structure and more fully integrating governance. These monumental shifts are both challenging and exhilarating, and I'm proud to say that we at EMHS are making it happen," she says. Ms. Hood adds that one of her greatest accomplishments has been working to better coordinate care.
Ms. Hood also works to encourage collaboration, both within EMHS organizations and in terms of EMHS collaboration with other organizations. The OneMaine Health Collaborative brought EMHS together with MaineHealth in Portland and MaineGeneral Health in Kennebec County. The collaborative works to create a statewide community health needs assessment and also has an initiative to improve diabetes prevention and management, among other initiatives.
Ms. Hood has a master's degree in healthcare administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Becker's Hospital Review named Ms. Hood as one of the 120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know in 2012.
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