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Dr. Linda S. Durst, to join psychiatry leadership at Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Maine Medical Center

June 06, 2018


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Contact: Valerie Compagna at 207-661-6633

Linda DurstredoneSOUTH PORTLAND, ME – Linda S. Durst, M.D., will join Maine Behavioral Healthcare as the Senior Vice President, Medical & Clinical Affairs and Chief of Psychiatry for Maine Medical Center on June 11th. Dr. Durst is formerly of Hartford Hospital, where she served as Medical Director/Associate Chief, Department of Psychiatry at The Institute of Living. Prior to that, she held the position of Chief Medical Officer at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute.

Through a dual reporting relationship, Dr. Durst will be responsible for the overall clinical operation of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, including the 100-bed Spring Harbor Hospital, and psychiatric services of Maine Medical Center, Coastal Healthcare Alliance (Penn Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital) and Southern Maine Health Care, all members of MaineHealth.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Durst to Maine Medical Center,” said Joel Botler, Maine Medical Center’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and Interim President of Maine Medical Partners. “Dr. Durst’s dedication to patient-centered care, commitment to clinical collaboration and support for medical education training will make her an excellent addition to our medical staff.”

“Dr. Durst brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to our organization,” added CEO Stephen M. Merz, FACHE of Maine Behavioral Healthcare. “Her focus on addressing significant challenges, including reducing suicide rates and improving access for older people with significant behavioral healthcare needs, aligns with our key priorities. We will benefit from Linda’s passion for this work and her commitment to meeting the needs of our medical and clinical staff who provide this valuable care to our communities.”

In her role, Dr. Durst will be responsible for managing a complex clinical operation serving the behavioral health needs of more than one million people in southern and western Maine. As a key leader she will oversee more than 150 psychiatric inpatient beds, as well providing leadership to medical staff throughout the MaineHealth system, and overseeing quality and credentialing. Together with Merz, Dr. Durst will co-lead the MaineHealth Behavioral Health Service Line for MaineHealth, the parent healthcare system.

“I am very excited to join an innovative health system that is nationally recognized and look forward to continuing to advocate for individuals who courageously battle against mental illness.” Dr. Durst said. “We need to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and ensure that the people of Maine receive the behavioral healthcare they need in any setting- be it primary care clinic, mental health clinic, residential care or hospital.”

About Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Maine Behavioral Healthcare is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving more than 20,000 children, adolescents and adults at over 30 locations throughout southern, western, and mid-coast Maine, providing a continuum of coordinated mental healthcare from outpatient community offices to inpatient acute care at Spring Harbor Hospital.
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About Spring Harbor Hospital
A division of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Spring Harbor Hospital is southern Maine's only private psychiatric treatment and recovery center. Its inpatient programs for youth and adults provide hope for those who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance use). We are fortunate to have a unique collaboration with Maine Medical Center, which allows us to offer the most complete array of psychiatric treatment, physician-training, and medical-research programs north of Boston.
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About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit

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