MaineHealth, the state’s largest healthcare provider, has tapped a New Jersey physician with extensive experience as a medical leader to be its next chief medical officer.
Dr. Joan D. Boomsma, currently the chief medical officer with Atlantic Medical Group of Morristown, N.J., will join MaineHealth in September. She replaces Dr. Robert McArtor, who had come out of retirement to step into the chief medical officer role on an interim basis.
In her new role, Boomsma will work across MaineHealth’s system of hospitals and healthcare practices in southern, western and central Maine, as well as Carroll County, N.H., to help the organization’s physicians fully leverage the resources of the system.
“Our goal is always to provide the best-possible care to patients, as close to home as possible,” said Bill Caron, president of MaineHealth. “Doing that requires that we make the most of the talents of an incredible group of doctors who deliver excellent care every day. Dr. Boomsma will work with our physicians to see to it that our patients receive first-rate, comprehensive primary care as well as access to our world-class specialists.”
Caron said Boomsma’s responsibilities will extend to many other facets of the organization in areas such as population health, safety and quality, payment reform and price transparency as well as employee engagement, especially among MaineHealth’s physicians.
“Dr. Boomsma will be a key member of our team, helping us to achieve our vision of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America. And I have to say we were all impressed with her credentials and keen instincts,” said Caron.
Boomsma has extensive experience as a physician leader. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Calvin College in Michigan and attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed an internal medicine residency at Northwestern University. She went on to complete a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Illinois College of Medicine followed by a distinguished clinical career practicing at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She subsequently earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Over more than a decade she held physician leadership roles with ever-growing responsibility at Chicago-area healthcare organizations. In 2011 she became chief medical officer of the Access Community Health Network in Chicago, serving more than 200,000 patients and overseeing the work of more than 250 providers. In 2013 she joined Atlantic Health System, one of the largest hospital systems in New Jersey, first as chief medical officer at one of the system’s hospitals and later as the chief medical officer of the system’s medical group of more than 600 physicians.
“In MaineHealth I see a tremendous opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation in health care,” Boomsma said. “It’s exciting to think of a fully integrated health care system that delivers excellent care, improves community health and does so at lower costs.”
While pleased to have Boomsma coming on board, Caron said the organization will once again miss McArtor, who came out of retirement to fill in as interim chief medical officer, a position he previously held for 10 years beginning in 1998.
“Bob was with us at the beginning, and his contributions to this organization have been invaluable. We will all miss his intellect and leadership skills,” said Caron.