Mid Coast–Parkview Health Board and MaineHealth to convene committee to determine successor
President, Mid Coast–Parkview Health
On March 2, 2022, Mid Coast–Parkview Health announced that President Lois Skillings, RN, MS, FACHE, will be retiring in early 2023. The announcement was made in a joint statement written by Lennie Burke, President of Mid Coast–Parkview Health Board of Directors, and Kelly Elkins, Chief Operating Officer of MaineHealth.
Skillings has worked for Mid Coast – Parkview Health in numerous nursing and leadership roles since 1979, serving as President for the past 11 years. After graduating from Northeastern University College of Nursing, she began her career at Brunswick Regional Hospital as a medical-surgical nurse and later as an emergency nurse. Later, she earned her Masters in Nursing Administration from the University of Southern Maine. Prior to being named President and CEO of Mid Coast Health Services in 2011, she served as Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services from 1995 to 2010 and then Executive Vice President from 2010 to 2011.
“Lois’ commitment to the health of this community – her community – is nothing short of admirable,” Burke and Elkins wrote in their joint statement. “She left an extraordinary mark on local health care, and her efforts have helped make our communities among the healthiest in Maine.
The skills have helped guide the organization through a significant number of transformative changes. After Bath Memorial and Brunswick Regional Hospitals merged to form Mid Coast Hospital in 1991, she was instrumental in planning a new hospital building which opened on Medical Center Drive in 2001, which was followed by a $21.3 million expansion in 2009. In 2015, Skillings also navigated the merger between Mid Coast Health Services and Parkview Adventist Medical Center to form Mid Coast – Parkview Health. In 2020, after a comprehensive exploratory process, she led the merger of Mid Coast-Parkview Health with MaineHealth, which paved the way for a global strategy to adopt MaineHealth’s shared electronic health record, Epic.
Skillings also oversaw the growth of Mid Coast Medical Group, including the construction of new buildings for primary care practices in Bath and Topsham, as well as the establishment of Mid Coast Medical Group – Brunswick Primary Care and the walk-in clinic. you from Mid Coast Hospital. She was actively involved in a successful fundraising campaign that expanded wellness and cancer care offerings on the Parkview campus and major improvements at Mid Coast Senior Health, including the construction of a new wing and many facility renovations.
The Mid Coast–Parkview Health Board of Directors and MaineHealth’s leadership team are working to find a leader to succeed Skillings as next president before she leaves in early 2023, with a final retirement date in determine. The search process will emphasize the continuity of the local culture and the team will soon convene a committee to determine his successor. The committee will share updates on their progress.
Burke and Elkins shared their deep appreciation for Skillings and her service, writing, “She cared for the organization and met its needs in a way that enabled Mid Coast–Parkview Health to continue to be successful in the long term. We thank Lois for her 43 years of dedicated service caring for this organization, the members of our care team, the patients and the communities we serve.