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SMH's Herlihy & Chagrasulis Participate in MaineHealth Leadership Program

Timothy A. Churchill, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Maine Health was pleased to announced that Dr. Rebecca Chagrasulis of the Stephens Memorial Hospital Emergency Services Department and Dr. Kate Herlihy of Western Maine Pediatrics have been participating in the Maine Health's Physician Leadership Development Fellowship (PLDF) program which commenced in April 2008. 

The program is well underway and entering into its fourth of six sessions, in December 2008.  This highly experiential physician leadership program is at capacity with 30 participants representing leadership across the MaineHealth system. 

The program was originally launched in 1999 as The Physician Leadership Training Fellowship (PLTF) for three consecutive years until 2002.

Dr. Chagrasulis shares, "I have been participating in the Maine Health Physician Leadership Development program since April of this year. I have found the large group of physician leaders also participating to be a great resource, and we have shared many ideas. This program is well-organized with excellent instructors and mentors, and will prove very instrumental in improving my skills in various areas such as communication, team-building, etc. I appreciate the opportunity provided by Stephens Memorial Hospital to join this program, and hope it will help as our hospital moves forward in many areas of Performance Improvement and patient safety."

The PLDF program's curriculum addresses issues including national health care tends; the role of physicians as leaders in a team-based culture; new demands for quality, accountability and transparency; leading and managing change; and the personal journey of leadership.  Course
topics include: Making The Case for Physician Leadership; Communication Skills; Teambuilding and Management; Business Skills for Physicians; Strategic Planning and Systems Based Care. The course structure is based on principles of adult leaning theory, and is solution-oriented and highly interactive, drawing on real-world experiences of faculty and participants.

Each physician leader is nominated for the PLDF program, by their sponsoring organization.  The physician leader then makes a commitment to attend this program over six 2-day sessions spanning 15 months.  The program concludes in June 2009.  Past participants in the SMH family have been Dr. David Kumaki, Dr. Ola Melhus, and Dr. Gregory Hardy.

Stephens Memorial Hospital is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at

Photo Caption:  Dr. Kate Herlihy of Western Maine Pediatrics, in black, works with her group at the Leadership meeting in November.

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