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Richard L. Roy named CMMC board chairman
Richard L. Roy named CMMC board chairman

Richard L. Roy of Minot has been elected chairman of the Central Maine Medical Center Board of Directors. He succeeds Pauline Beale, O.D., of Lewiston , who served in the leadership role for nine years.

Roy is executive vice president and chief banking officer at Mechanics Savings Bank in Auburn , where he is responsible for commercial, retail and private banking, as well as marketing and coordination of the bank’s strategic planning program. He has worked in the banking industry in the Greater Lewiston-Auburn area for nearly 30 years.

"I have enjoyed working closely with Dick Roy for a number of years,” said Beale. “He will do a great job leading our board."

Roy has been involved with Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) since joining the Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) Board of Trustees in June 2000. CMH is the parent company for CMMC.

Roy’s service with CMH includes chairmanship of the CMMC Finance Committee, and various other leadership positions within the Central Maine Medical Family governing boards. He has served on the CMMC Board of Trustees and the CMHC Board of Directors, as well as the CMH Finance Committee.

“Pauline Beale has been an outstanding mentor. She has gone above and beyond in her service to CentralMaine Medical Center and Central Maine Healthcare. She is a tough act to follow,” Roy said.

“The growth of CMMC into a leading tertiary care medical center has required strong and visionary leadership at the Board level and I will greatly miss working with Pauline as chairman”, stated Laird Covey, CMMC President.  “At the same time Dick’s long history with the organization andcommitment to further strengthening our organization makes him the perfect successor in the role.”

"The CMMC Board of Trustee’s major focus is quality. Improving patient care plays a major role in all of the board’s decisions," Roy continued.      

Roy said “healthcare in the region, and nationally, has experienced major changes since I joined the CMMC Board of Trustees. One of these changes is reflected in our priority in recruiting high quality physicians by building the Central Maine Medical Group. Other highlights are the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, and, most recently, the Emergency Department-Medical Laboratory Expansion-Renovation Project.”    

While Roy said he foresees "difficult challenges ahead in this turbulent world of healthcare”, he also believes “we are on the right course and are prepared to weather the storm."

Outgoing CMMC Board Chairman Beale echoed Roy ’s observations, but added that his experience will help the hospital better navigate troubled waters. “Dick understands the need for reacting quickly and appropriately in today’s continually changing environment – this is a critically important talent,” Beale said.

Beale joined the CMMC Board of Trustees in 1989 and was elected board chairman in 2002. She continues to serve on the CMMC Board.

Roy holds a master’s in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester , N.H. , and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Maine in Portland . He has completed educational programs at Williams College in Williamstown , Mass. , and the University of New Hampshire in Durham , N.H. He is completing the final year of a marketing and strategic planning program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas .

He has a long record of community service, including volunteer work with the Andoscoggin County United Way , Androscoggin County Headstart, Poland High School Boosters Club, and the March of Dimes. He presently serves on the governing boards of the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA and Central Maine Community College.

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