Jeff Sanders to Depart as President of MaineHealth Southern Region

May 11, 2023

Contact: Caroline Cornish
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PORTLAND, Maine –  Jeff Sanders, president of the MaineHealth Southern Region who previously served as president of Maine Medical Center, will depart the organization later this summer.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve the patients and care team members of Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth,” Sanders said. “As a Mainer with close connections to MMC, I am proud to support this community and the timing is right for my transition to pursue new opportunities.”

Sanders is credited with leading a major expansion of Maine Medical Center’s Bramhall campus in Portland as well as helping to secure $179 million in private donations to support the project. He has also led MMC’s effort to integrate operations with Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford and to help guide MMC through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want to thank Jeff for his many contributions to MaineHealth’s mission and our vision of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America,” said Kelly Elkins, MaineHealth Chief Operating Officer. “Will we conduct a nationwide search to identify the right candidate to guide Maine Medical Center and Southern Maine Health Care, which together comprise the Southern Region of MaineHealth.”

Joel Botler, M.D., chief medical officer for the Southern Region of MaineHealth, will serve as regional CMO and as interim regional president until a permanent replacement is identified.


About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2022-2023, 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 700 beds and employing more than 9,600 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 part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare organization with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.” SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services and Walk-In Care centers in York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. SMHC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. To learn more, visit