Important MHCA Staffing Update

MHCA announces that Danielle Watford, MHCA Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs will be leaving the Association effective October 21st. After four and a half years of working for the association, Danielle has accepted a position as the System Director of Performance and System Optimization for Central Maine Health Care (CMHC) headquartered in Lewiston, Maine. Danielle will be responsible for performance improvement and care delivery systems optimization initiatives throughout the CMHC organization which includes Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital, Rumford Hospital, Rumford Community Home, Bolster Heights Residential Care, 16 outpatient family practices and several specialty care clinics.

Danielle came to MHCA with a diverse healthcare background in care delivery, quality, and performance improvement. She earned Master's degrees in clinical psychology and industrial and organizational psychology and held a license as a Clinical Social Worker from 2001 to 2012. Her experience includes work in the public sector, nationally for the CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), led quality and performance improvement efforts at d'Youville Pavilion, and served as a clinical case manager and utilization coordinator for Spring Harbor Hospital. While at MHCA, Danielle has provided technical assistance and regulatory expertise in support of our members' mission. She has developed numerous education programs, worked side by side with member leaders on grant opportunities and assisted Maine LTC providers with the development of quality assurance programs, competency assessments, and multiple toolkit resource guides.
“I am heartbroken to be leaving ‘my people'. I have worked as an advocate for LTC for so long it is hard for me to imagine doing anything else. This opportunity will provide me with the ability to affect change in a large health system. A health system that is in my home community. I was born there; my father was born there. This is my chance to give back and be a positive addition to the leadership team. I am excited to begin a new path in my professional development,” said Danielle.
Please join with me in thanking Danielle for her many years of dedicated service and wishing her all the best in her future endeavors.

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