Donna Russell-Cook, FACHE, Appointed EMMC President

Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, EMMC’s president and chief executive officer, is pleased to announce that Donna Russell-Cook, FACHE, has been appointed president of Eastern Maine Medical Center. Debbie, who has served as president and CEO of EMMC since 2004, will remain chief executive officer of EMMC and senior vice president of EMHS until her retirement in July, 2017.

Donna has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare administration and has been EMMC’s senior vice president and chief operating officer since July, 2015. She previously served as administrator of EMMC’s Heart Center and Critical Care Services between 2006 and 2009. In 2009 Donna left her first position at EMMC to become CEO of the Oklahoma Heart Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2012, she accepted the role of hospital president and system service line executive for CHI-Franciscan Health in Tacoma, Washington.

“As chief operating officer, Donna has worked on several complex projects that have positioned EMMC well to continue to fulfill its regional role,” says Debbie. “She has gained the respect of the EMMC board, EMHS and EMMC leadership, physician leadership, and the medical staff. Donna is focused on ensuring the provision of high quality, compassionate care. I am confident that she is the right person to lead Maine’s second-largest hospital at a pivotal time in its history.”

“As EMMC celebrates 125 years of serving the community, I am struck by the honor of being chosen to work with the incredible leadership teams at EMMC and EMHS to help shape the future of healthcare in our region,” comments Donna.

Donna will continue with her current duties until the position of senior operations officer is filled at EMMC. Once a candidate is selected for this position, Donna will begin to assume duties as the president of EMMC and will fully transition into EMMC’s top leadership role, becoming an EMHS senior vice president upon Debbie’s retirement next summer.


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