William L. Caron, Jr., CEO of MaineHealth, and Richard W. Petersen, president of MaineHealth and CEO of Maine Medical Center, have been named Business Leaders of the Year by Mainebiz in the large nonprofit category.
Caron and Petersen were recognized for guiding the MaineHealth system through two major milestones this past year: the launch of the $534 million expansion and modernization of Maine Medical Center and the unification of MaineHealth on Jan. 1.
Caron and Petersen "are fixtures at MaineHealth and Maine Med, with a clear appreciation for each other's management skills and approaches," according to Mainebiz. "Petersen calls Caron an 'incredible strategic thinker' and sees himself as strong on the operating side, while Caron admires his colleague's interpersonal skills."
When asked what keeps him up at night, Caron shared three challenges: recruiting doctors and nurses, making health care as affordable as possible for all Mainers, and fulfilling MaineHealth's core mission of improving health. "If we're going to address the cost of health care," Caron says, "we're going to get there partially by getting people in Maine healthier."