Maine system slashes physician turnover rate after exodus

Lewiston-based Central Maine Healthcare has seen a substantial drop in physician turnover since facing a mass exodus last summer, reports the Sun Journal.

The hospital lost about 81 of its 300 physicians, marking a 27.1 percent turnover rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The resignations followed a systemwide vote of no confidence in Central Maine Healthcare CEO Jeff Brickman last July. Physicians expressed concerns about Mr. Brickman's leadership style, along with ongoing fiscal issues and service cuts across the system's three hospitals.

Many physicians who took issue with management changes opted to retire early last year, which contributed to the high turnover rate, according to Michele Talka, vice president and chief human resources officer. The remaining physicians had their concerns addressed by management.

In the past year, Central Maine Healthcare has hired 118 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, along with 134 nurses — more than the previous two years combined.

Ms. Talka said the new physicians are OK with the administration and associated changes to employee contracts and EHR system.

At present, the health system reports a physician turnover rate of 4.2 percent.

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