Erik Steele, DO Receives Distinguished Service Award from the Maine Medical Association


(Brewer, ME) – On September 11, David McDermott, MD, MPH, president of the Maine Medical Association (MMA) presented Erik Steele, DO with the President’s Award for Distinguished Service.

The President’s Award for Distinguished Service recognizes individuals who have provided leadership in an important area of healthcare. Dr. McDermott commented, “Dr. Steele is a physician’s physician. Despite the pressures to fill a variety of administrative roles in his current life, he retains an active practice on a part-time basis, both in the clinic setting and, as we not infrequently get to share with him, in the emergency departments of various small community hospitals in the state. He is as comfortable in the halls of the Statehouse in Augusta advocating for health policy needs as he is suturing the lacerations of a young child with a bicycle accident in the emergency department in Skowhegan.”

EMHS president and CEO M. Michelle Hood, FACHE called Dr. Steele a go-to guy, “He is always good for practical advice and a straightforward approach – usually delivered with a quick smile. Erik is an outstanding physician and administrator, and I am proud to call him my friend and coworker.”

Dr. Steele currently serves as chief medical officer of EMHS. During his career, he has worked as a physician in small and large hospitals within the EMHS system, as well as non-system hospitals. Graduating as a Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of New England in 1987, Dr. Steele completed his residency at EMMC’s Family Practice Residency program in 1991 and stayed on a full-time faculty member from 1991-1992. Since then, Dr. Steele has served as a part-time faculty member in the residency program while gaining multiple responsibilities in other areas. During the next three years, he spent in the emergency department at Reddington Fairview General Hospital and returned to EMMC in 1995. Dr. Steele became chief medical officer of EMHS in 2005. In addition, calling on his early three years as a journalist prior to medical school, Dr. Steele writes a semimonthly health column for the Bangor Daily News and hosts Healthy Living, a special health segment airing on WABI TV-5.

EMHS has twelve member organizations across central, eastern, and northern Maine. Together, EMHS members share best practices and ongoing quality initiatives to improve access to quality care at the local level. EMHS’ vision is to be the best rural healthcare system in America by 2012.

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