Press Release: Maine Quality Counts Taps Erik Steele, DO, as Interim Executive Director

Published on November 3, 2016 by


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Dr. Steele brings decades of leadership in Maine health care to interim role

Manchester, Maine – (November 3, 2016) – Maine Quality Counts (QC), the independent, multi-stakeholder alliance working to transform health and health care, announced today the hiring of Erik Steele, DO, as interim executive director. Dr. Steele’s hiring comes after the announcement earlier this year that Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, the founding executive director of Maine Quality Counts, would be leaving her position with the organization at the end of 2016.

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Erik Steele, DO

“When I told the Board of Directors late last year of my plans to pass the leadership of Maine Quality Counts to a capable successor, I hoped it would provide the time and space to find a great leader for this organization,” said Dr. Letourneau. “Dr. Erik Steele certainly fits that bill, and will provide great leadership to our exceptional staff while that search continues.”

“As a l0ng-time physician and executive in Maine health care, I know well the important work that Maine Quality Counts does, and truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of that work moving forward,” said Dr. Steele. “I am eager to start working with the great team at QC, and am confident that we will work together to provide a seamless transition.”

Dr. Steele has practiced medicine and filled leadership roles in a variety of settings in Maine health care. After completing his family practice residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in 1991, he practiced emergency medicine at small and large hospitals around Maine. His most prominent roles have been as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) and as interim President and CEO of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, a member of EMHS. Most recently he served for three years as the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio.

At EMHS, Dr. Steele was responsible for promotion of quality of care, standardization where appropriate in clinical care, and clinical integration across its member organizations. At Blue Hill, Dr. Steele provided leadership in all areas of clinical service, including directing quality across EMHS; clinical performance improvement; patient safety initiatives; and best practices in medical treatment.  In addition to his roles at EMHS and Blue Hill, he served as Vice President of Patient Care Services at EMMC, also a member of EMHS.

“Dr. Steele’s availability presented a unique opportunity for us to add the voice of someone with a distinguished track record influencing Maine health care,” said Dr. Richard Freeman, chair of the QC Board of Directors. “As we continue the search for a long-term leader at QC, we will learn from Dr. Steele and continue providing leadership and tools to improve health and health care in Maine.”

Dr. Steele will begin to serve as interim executive director starting November 30, 2016. The QC Board of Directors continues to work with nationally-recognized search firm, Non-Profit Professionals Advisory Group, to complete the search for an extraordinary permanent executive director. Interested candidates are invited to contact Non-Profit Professionals at


 About Maine Quality Counts

Maine Quality Counts (QC) is an independent, multi-stakeholder regional healthcare collaborative dedicated to transforming health and health care in Maine. QC is improving health by transforming health care and building clinical and community connections.  Formed in 2003 and incorporated in 2006, QC provides leadership, advocacy and support for improving care. Our 75+ Members are major care delivery organizations, payers and employers, as well as individuals, providers and associations.

  1. Eve Preston says:

    Good news!
    Congratulations to Maine Quality Counts and to Erik Steele. So glad you returned to Maine, Dr. Steele,and accepted the Interim role. Good things ahead.

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