Government Relations

As the largest health care system in the state, MaineHealth plays a vital role as a healthcare provider and employer in Maine. Serving 11 Maine counties along with Carroll County, New Hampshire and with more than 19,000 employees across 11 organizations, MaineHealth is deeply committed to the health and prosperity of the communities we serve.


With one of the oldest and poorest state populations in the country, Maine faces significant challenges in maintaining a healthy population. Our focus on quality, safety, accessibility, cost of care and community health guides our efforts to deliver exceptional care to our patients and improve the health status of our communities.


Taking a leadership role in public policy


Operating at the intersection of health, business, education, not-for-profit and public spheres, we feel a responsibility to advocate for policies that best promote the health of the people of Maine. MaineHealth believes taking a leadership role in public policy is a critical element of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.


Relationship built on trust and expertise


Our government relations team works with elected officials to build a relationship based on trust and expertise.


We help legislators, patients and communities to have a clear understanding of MaineHealth, our mission and the full spectrum of services we provide. By leveraging our credibility, accountability and honesty, we are able to help shape public policy that will keep our communities healthy in the 21st century.

Legislative Testimony

Read testimony and learn about the bills we are currently tracking.
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Government Resources

MaineHealth relies on the expertise of our medical and management leaders around the system to provide vital input on bills, rules and legislation. We have three committees we work with regularly on this important work.

State Level Relations

Federal Level Relations


Federal Relations

Maine's Federal Delegation

Senator Susan Collins 

Washington D.C. Office
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: (202) 224-2693

 Senator Angus King

Washington, D.C. Office
133 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: (202) 224-1946

Representative Chellie Pingree

Washington D.C. Office
2162 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-1901
Fax: (202) 225-5590

Representative Bruce Poliquin

Washington D.C. Office
1208 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-1902
Fax: (202) 225-2943

MaineHealth Legislative Advocacy Committee

Colin McHugh, Senior Vice President, Network Development and Contracting, MaineHealth 

Donna DeBlois, President & Chief Executive Officer, MaineHealth Care at Home

Rich Petersen, President & Chief Executive Officer, Maine Medical Center 

Nate Howell, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Maine Health Care

Terri Cannan, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communication, MaineHealth

Tim Churchill, President, Western Maine Health and Interim Chief Executive Officer, Franklin Community Health Network

Dora Mills, Chief Community Health Improvement Officer, MaineHealth

Mark Fourre, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital

Stephen Merz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Maine Behavioral Healthcare 

Scott Shott, Vice President, Development, Marketing and Communications, LincolnHealth

Martha Ridge, Senior Director, Network Development and Management, MHACO

Adam McHugh, Contract & Provider Relations Manager, MHACO

Amanda Henson, Contract & Provider Relations Manager, MHACO

Jim Bailinson, Corporate Counsel, MaineHealth

Jennifer Moore, Chief Operating Officer, MHACO

MaineHealth Clinical Advisory Committee

Omar Hasan,  Senior Vice President and Chief Quality & Safety Officer, Maine Medical Center

Jeffery J. Aalberg, MD, Chief Medical Officer, MHACO, MaineHealth

Joan Boomsma, MD, Chief Medical Officer, MaineHealth

Kelley A. Bowden, Perinatal Outreach Nurse Education, Maine Medical Center

Michael Baumann, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Maine Medical Center

Mike Yunes, Director, IS, Maine Medical Center

Kenneth A. Lombard, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Maine Medical Partners

Joanna Salamone, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer, Southern Maine Health Care

Girard Robinson, MD, Chief Psychiatry, Maine Behavioral HealthCare

Stephen Kasabian, Vice President, Physicians Practices & CAO, Maine Medical Partners

Margaret McRae, Senior Director, Ambulatory Patient Care Services, Maine Medical Partners

Behavioral Health Advocacy Committee

Stephen Merz, Chief Executive Officer, Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Michael Abbatiello, Senior Vice President of Operations and Finance, Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Melania Turgelsky, Vice President of Quality and Performance Improvement, Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Mary Jane Krebs, Senior Vice President of Intensive Services, President of Spring Harbor Hospital

Linda Durst, Senior Vice President, Medical & Clinical Affairs and Chief of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center

Government Relations Leadership at MaineHealth

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Katie Fullam Harris

Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Accountable Care Strategy

Katie Fullam Harris serves as Senior Vice President of Government & Relations and Accountable Care Strategy for MaineHealth, Maine’s largest health care system. She works with policymakers and employers to shape and respond to public policy and market changes, and she leads efforts to develop new system initiatives that support MaineHealth’s accountable care goals. Prior to joining MaineHealth, Katie was the Director of Government Relations for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine.  She has also served as a program director for the Maine Development Foundation and as Assistant to the Commissioner for the Maine Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

A native of Maine, Katie has an MS in Health Care Policy and Management from the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine, and a BA from Columbia University.  She is an active triathlete and runner, and she and her husband live in Cumberland with their 2 dogs.

110 Free Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-661-7542 | Email


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Sarah Calder

Director, Government Affairs

Sarah Calder is the Director of Government Affairs for MaineHealth. In her role, Sarah advocates with the Maine Legislature to support policies that further MaineHealth’s mission of “working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.” Before joining MaineHealth, Sarah was the Director of Government Relations for the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA), where she led the association’s local government advocacy outreach. Prior to joining the IHA, Sarah worked on Capitol Hill. Sarah received bachelor’s degrees in both political science and religious studies from Arizona State University. 

110 Free Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-661-7575 | Email

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