BANGOR, Maine — Deborah Carey Johnson, a registered nurse who rose to the ranks of president and CEO at Eastern Maine Medical Center, plans to retire next July.

Johnson has led the hospital since 2004. She began working for EMMC more than four decades ago, first as a nurse in the critical care unit and later becoming a senior vice president and chief of operations.

The board of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, EMMC’s parent organization, was formally notified of her retirement plans in a July 15 memo from EMHS President and CEO Michelle Hood.

Johnson intends to “remain very active” during her final year with the hospital, including overseeing an ongoing $305 million expansion project, Hood wrote.

“Her focus will be on improved access to quality care, driving results for patient satisfaction and a continued construction of the Penobscot Pavilion,” the memo reads.

Johnson looks forward to spending more time with her family and skiing at Sugarloaf, Hood wrote.

Johnson declined to comment on her retirement plans.

Details about recruiting a new leader for the hospital will be shared as the transition plan develops, Hood wrote.

Jackie Farwell

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