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Leadership at Maine Medical Center 

Richard W. Petersen

President and Chief Executive Officer

Richard W. Petersen, President and Chief Executive OfficerRichard W. Petersen currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Maine Medical Center - the state's leading, nationally-recognized, tertiary and quaternary medical center with a 140-year history of healing and community stewardship.  As a not-for-profit organization with an annual budget in excess of $965 million, Maine Medical Center includes an active and robust medical education program and a world-class research center.  Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, Rich served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Maine Medical Center for nine years.

Before joining Maine Medical Center, Petersen served as Senior Vice President for Kaleida Health Systems located in Buffalo, New York, - a l,600 bed system with a $1 billion annual budget. 

Petersen began his health care career in 1978 as an Assistant Administrator of a 101-bed community hospital located in Medina, New York, and, in 1984, was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer.  Between 1984 and 1996, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of a 134-bed community hospital and later served as Chief Executive Officer of a network of seven hospitals and one long-term care facility.

Rich is a principled and results-oriented leader with a proven track record in setting strategic direction, achieving positive financial performance and developing highly effective teams.  Petersen's leadership style is engaging, pragmatic, forward thinking and values-centered.  With an appreciation of the value of an organization's culture, he possesses a collaborative management style with a respect for others.  Petersen is a pro-active problem solver with a calm and positive presence who is experienced in leading a complex, multi-site, matrixed organization. 

Rich earned an Associate's degree in Business Administration from Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York and a Bachelor's degree in Health Care Administration from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. Petersen also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and finance from Canisius College, Buffalo, New York.

Petersen currently serves as a Board member on The Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges, The John T. Gorman Foundation and Cheverus High School where he servesas the Board Chari. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Contact information:
Maine Medical Center
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, Maine  04102
(207) 662-2491

Leadership Team at Maine Medical Center



22 Bramhall Street | Portland, Maine 04102-3175 | (207) 662-0111