|Chief Executive Officer Retiring
Calais, Maine (January 7, 2008) - Longtime health executive, Ray H. Davis, Jr. announced plans to retire as Calais Regional Hospital's Chief Executive Officer effective March 31, 2008. The announcement was made during a meeting with the hospital's department leaders on Thursday.
Davis retires after more than 30 years in healthcare. Future plans include dedicating more time to hunting, fishing and family. His career at Calais
Regional Hospital has spanned over 23 years. "It's been a great journey,"
said Davis. "I treasure the many relationships that I have cultivated throughout my career."
During his leadership he has seen the hospital, and healthcare in general, go through many changes. With the healthcare trend moving from inpatient to outpatient care, CRH went from a 76 bed facility in 1984 to the 25 bed
critical access hospital that it is today. Davis recruited many additions
to the medical staff over the years, and lead the way in the development of the hospital owned physician practices, Calais Regional Medical Services. He guided the hospital through the establishment of the Skilled Nursing Facility and its subsequent closure. As healthcare moved into the home, he lead the startup of the Home Health Department. He has guided the hospital through financial hardships, but maintained the push, within our ability, to keep Calais Regional technologically advanced with state of the art equipment, highly trained staff and an emphasis on continuous improvement and education.
Mr. Davis has seen the hospital campus expand and change over the years as well. Construction included a new medical office building and several renovation projects in the old facility. None of which compared to the time and energy devoted to Calais Regional's most recent building project - the construction of the replacement hospital that was completed in 2006. He helped navigate CRH through the many highs and lows such a project brings and saw the organization through its first year in the new building.
"I was disappointed to learn of Ray Davis' impending retirement. He has been a vital component of the success of CRH for many years and has been a respected and invaluable teacher to me as a trustee and board member of the organization," states Linda Gralenski, CRH Board Chair. "Ray is scrupulously honest and intensely loyal to the hospital and its staff. He also possesses a fund of knowledge of health care delivery and statutes which govern it. When I look at our new facility here in Calais, I will always think of Ray's excited descriptions of the latest construction progress and his anticipation of opening a new building designed to provide a safe and attractive place to deliver the best health care to our patients. This building, and our wonderful, caring staff are truly the legacies of
Ray's tenure and I will miss him greatly."