Central Maine Healthcare CEO to retire: 5 things to know

Peter Chalke, CEO of Lewiston-based Central Maine Healthcare, will retire from his post later this year, according to a Sun Journal report.

Here are five things to know about Mr. Chalke.

1. Mr. Chalke, who turns 67 in March, told the Sun Journal he is retiring now primarily because of his age. "My dad taught me you never want to retire and say, 'I wish I had.' I'm not going to say that. I've done everything I wanted to do, so I have no regrets," he told the publication.  

2. He has worked for the hospital system for 33 years and has led it for 15.

3. He has served in various roles at Lewiston-based Central Maine Medical Center, including vice president for ancillary services, senior vice president, executive vice president and COO. In 1995, he became COO of Central Maine Healthcare, the parent of CMMC, Bridgton (Maine) Hospital and Rumford (Maine) Hospital, according to the report.

4. Over the years, Mr. Chalke has been part of numerous accomplishments, according to the report. They include:

  • Helping to develop CMMC's heart center and expand Central Maine Medical Group
  • Involvement in LifeFlight of Maine, the establishment of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, and the partnership between Central Maine Healthcare and Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital

5. Mr. Chalke plans to retire this summer, although he will remain at his post until his replacement arrives.



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