SMH's Herlihy & Chagrasulis
Participate in MaineHealth Leadership
A. Churchill, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Western Maine Health was pleased to announced that Dr.
Rebecca Chagrasulis of the Stephens Memorial Hospital
Emergency Services Department and Dr. Kate Herlihy of
Western Maine Pediatrics have been participating in the
Maine Health's Physician Leadership Development
Fellowship (PLDF) program which commenced in April
program is well underway and entering into its fourth of
six sessions, in December 2008. This highly
experiential physician leadership program is at capacity
with 30 participants representing leadership across the
program was originally launched in 1999 as The Physician
Leadership Training Fellowship (PLTF) for three
consecutive years until 2002.
Chagrasulis shares, "I have been participating in the
Maine Health Physician Leadership Development program
since April of this year. I have found the large group
of physician leaders also participating to be a great
resource, and we have shared many ideas. This program is
well-organized with excellent instructors and mentors,
and will prove very instrumental in improving my skills
in various areas such as communication, team-building,
etc. I appreciate the opportunity provided by Stephens
Memorial Hospital to join this program, and hope it will
help as our hospital moves forward in many areas of
Performance Improvement and patient safety."
program's curriculum addresses issues including national
health care tends; the role of physicians as leaders in
a team-based culture; new demands for quality,
accountability and transparency; leading and managing
change; and the personal journey of leadership.
topics include: Making The Case for
Physician Leadership; Communication Skills; Teambuilding
and Management; Business Skills for Physicians;
Strategic Planning and Systems Based Care. The course
structure is based on principles of adult leaning
theory, and is solution-oriented and highly interactive,
drawing on real-world experiences of faculty and
physician leader is nominated for the PLDF program, by
their sponsoring organization. The physician
leader then makes a commitment to attend this program
over six 2-day sessions spanning 15 months. The
program concludes in June 2009. Past participants
in the SMH family have been Dr. David Kumaki, Dr. Ola
Melhus, and Dr. Gregory Hardy.
Stephens Memorial Hospital is
part of the Maine Health® family. Visit Western
Maine Health on the Internet at www.wmhcc.org.
Photo Caption: Dr.
Kate Herlihy of Western Maine Pediatrics, in black,
works with her group at the Leadership meeting in