Lucretia Stargell brings years of experience in rural hospital leadership.
Central Maine Healthcare announced today Lucretia Stargell, MBA, FACHE, CPPS, has accepted the role of senior vice president, Central Maine Healthcare and president of Rumford Hospital and Bridgton Hospital. She will assume this role on March 29.
Stargell brings years of experience in executive-level hospital administration, most notably in leadership positions at rural hospitals and a critical access hospital in North Carolina with Duke LifePoint Healthcare. In these roles, she introduced new service lines and expanded healthcare access to rural parts of that state. She also has extensive experience in strategy, marketing, communications, community partnerships, recruitment and foundation work.
Stargell holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Carolina University and a B.A. in Art History and Communications from Hollins University in Virginia. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and is a certified professional in patient safety from the Institute of Healthcare improvement.
“The Bridgton and Rumford regions drew me in immediately,” Stargell said. They are remarkably similar to where I have spent most of my professional career and raised my family. I am looking forward to a leadership role with Central Maine Healthcare and being a familiar face in these communities, working in partnership with team members and local leaders.”
“What a joy it is to introduce Lucretia Stargell and her family to our Bridgton community,” said Marney Chalmers, Central Maine Healthcare Board of Directors.
“Lucretia understands how vitally important it is to keep healthcare ‘close to home,’ and will be a wonderful addition to our hospital. I look forward to the leadership, care and innovation she will bring to our beautiful town of Bridgton.”
“It was important to take the right amount of time to find a strong executive leader to fill this crucial role,” said Janet Koski, Central Maine Healthcare Board of Directors. Lucretia possesses the unique balance of warmth, approachability, strength and vision to lead Rumford Hospital into the future. I am excited to welcome her to the River Valley.”
For nearly four months, Steve Littleson, president and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare, served as interim president of these two critical access hospitals.
“I have greatly valued and enjoyed my time serving as interim president for Rumford and Bridgton Hospitals. My time there left me a stronger leader for the health system as I saw firsthand the very unique challenges of rural healthcare. Lucretia’s background is perfectly tailored for rural Maine and I am very pleased to pass the baton to this well-seasoned leader,” said Littleson.