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MaineHealth CEO congratulates Dr. Nirav Shah on appointment to U.S. CDC post, says he ‘saved lives’

January 12, 2023

Contact: John Porter
207-329-8595 / john.porter@mainehealth.org

Portland, Maine – MaineHealth’s chief executive officer, Dr. Andy Mueller, issued the below statement today following the news that Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, will be leaving his position to become the principal deputy director of the U.S. CDC:

“Staying true to Maine’s motto of 'Dirigo,' Dr. Shah’s leadership through the worst pandemic in a century propelled Maine to top-tier performance for COVID response among the states. Working closely with DHHS commissioner, Dr. Jeanne Lambrew, Dr. Shah’s calm and sensible advice, as well as his leadership during our vaccination efforts, saved countless lives. We at MaineHealth are grateful for his contributions and sad Maine is losing him. However, we are also proud that he is stepping into a leadership role with the U.S. CDC, where he will no doubt once again distinguish himself as a public  health champion. Congratulations Dr. Shah.”

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About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system whose vision is, “Working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.” It consists of nine local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral health care network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and more than 1,500 employed and independent physicians working together through the MaineHealth Medical Group. With approximately 22,000 employees, MaineHealth provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., Mid Coast-Parkview Health in Brunswick, NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth Affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. It is also a significant stakeholder in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.

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