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New President at LincolnHealth

April 14, 2021

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Cindy Wade has risen through the ranks during her 30-plus years with the organization.

Cindy Wade
Cindy Wade, RN, BSN, MHA
Portland, MaineMaineHealth is pleased to announce that Cindy Wade, RN, BSN, MHA is the new president of LincolnHealth. Wade was selected after a nationwide search and will succeed Jim Donovan, who retired on March 28.

“Cindy brings a high level of competence and a natural ability to motivate and support the people she works with,” said Rich Petersen, President of MaineHealth. “Cindy’s extensive knowledge of nursing, health care delivery and operational imperatives is exceeded only by her compassion and sense of humor.”

Other than a six-year stint as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Wade’s entire career has been with LincolnHealth and its predecessor organization. She began as a charge nurse in 1988 and took on roles of progressive responsibility over the next 30-plus years. Most recently, Wade served as regional chief operating officer, providing leadership at LincolnHealth and the Coastal Healthcare Alliance, comprised of Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital.

“I am so grateful for the time spent in this regional role,” Wade said. “The work that’s begun across the region is important and will continue in the years to come.”

“Lincoln County has always been home, and I have been fortunate to have spent my career caring for the community where I grew up and raised a family,” said Wade. “It’s an honor and privilege to lead our amazing team, and I look forward to continuing our work to win the battle against COVID-19 while providing excellent care to our patients and residents.”

Wade holds a bachelor’s in science in nursing and a masters in health administration from St. Joseph’s College. She is well known in Lincoln County, serving on various boards including chairing the Central Lincoln County YMCA board.


About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of nine local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and more than 1,700 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization. With close to 23,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and 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 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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