Eastern Maine Healthcare System board elects McCrum new chair

7 years ago

BREWER, Maine — Barry McCrum of Mars Hill, owner and president of McCrum and Company and previous senior vice president for government and public affairs at Time Warner Cable, was recently elected chair of the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems’ Board of Directors.

Lynn Lombard of Caribou, retired vice president and director of human resources for MMG Insurance company in Presque Isle, was elected as one of three new board directors.

The election was held during the board’s annual meeting June 14 at the EMHS home office in Brewer. Stephen Rich of Glenburn was elected vice-chair.

McCrum, who succeeds Evelyn Silver, PhD, of Dedham, served as vice chair of the EMHS board from 2015 to 2017. He stated it is both exciting and challenging to be moving into the chair role during such a dynamically changing time in healthcare.

“Regardless of what changes are made to the existing structure, we must not lose sight of our core values to our patients and communities,” McCrum said. “As a system, we must continue to strive for the best care we can deliver, while always working to keep healthcare affordable for all. We, as a board, take these values to heart and will do our utmost to live up to them.”

Rich retired as president and CEO of Bangor-based firm, WBRC Architects/Engineers, in 2013. During his 30 year tenure at WBRC, he also served as chief operating officer, firm principal, project manager, and project architect. He now shares his time and energy enjoying family, his farm, golf, and volunteer service for a variety of non-profit healthcare, education and business entities.

The two other new board directors are Julie Dawson Williams, realtor and general manager for ERA Dawson Bradford Co. Realtors in Bangor, and Daniel P. Thornton, Maine president and senior commercial lender for Peoples’ United Bank in Portland.

Besides Silver, directors Danielle Ripich, PhD, of Biddeford and Nichi Farnham of Bangor stepped down.

EMHS directors also elected new corporators at the annual meeting. More than two hundred community members from across the state serve as EMHS corporators, providing oversight of the board and participating in educational programs on healthcare. Together with the board, they elect both directors and fellow corporators for EMHS.

For a full roster of directors, visit www.emhs.org/about-us/Community-Leadership/EMHS-Directors.aspx. For a list of corporators, see www.emhs.org/about-us/Community-Leadership/EMHS-Corporators.aspx.