Maine Medical Center Appoints New Chair, Vice Chair to lead its Board of Trustees

April 30, 2018

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Jere Michelson, Katherine Coster among Maine’s most respected business, nonprofit leaders

BOT chair and vice chair 2018
PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center is proud to announce the appointment of Jere Michelson as Chair of its Board of Trustees and Katherine Coster as Vice Chair.

Michelson is President of the Libra Foundation in Portland where he oversees the philanthropic foundation’s operations and finances. A certified public accountant by training, Michelson has served as chair of the MMC Board of Trustees Finance Committee and on the Trustee Executive Committee. He also serves on the Gorham Savings Bank Board of Directors and was appointed by Maine Sen. Susan Collins to serve on the Military Service Academy Selection Committee.

Katherine Coster has spent the majority of her career in commercial banking at institutions in New York, California and Massachusetts. Coster became a Trustee of MMC in 2013 and chairs the Board Education and Research Committee. She is also a member of the Finance, Quality and Safety, Governance and Credentials committees. Kathy is a past Board Chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and has served in volunteer roles for a number of nonprofits including Parish of the Holy Eucharist and Dartmouth College.

“Maine Medical Center is fortunate to have a long history of talented and dedicated volunteer leaders serving on its Board of Trustees. I’ve had the privilege of working alongside Jere and Kathy for several years now and I am excited to see where their guidance and governance will help take Maine Medical Center as we continue to improve the quality of care and experience we provide for patients and the community,” said MMC President and CEO Rich Petersen.

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit

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