Mid Coast Health Services' President/CEO honored with Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award

Herbert Paris, President/CEO of Mid Coast Health Services, has received the Harry C. Crooker Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Maine Chamber of Commerce. He was cited for all he has accomplished "from his visionary leadership at the hospital, to his leadership of numerous community Boards" all of which have "made an incredible difference in the quality of life for the people of the mid coast region."

In its nomination of Mr. Paris, senior management said: "His incredible vision, leadership style, and his success in creating an outstanding healthcare system are legendary."

Mr. Paris came to Brunswick in 1978 to become administrator of Regional Memorial Hospital following a distinguished career at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. He was a member of the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine and was honored as a fellow at Berkeley College. He is a Fellow of Brandeis University and has spoken widely on topics related to healthcare.

At Regional, with the strong support of a board of local citizens, Mr. Paris developed a vision for the future of healthcare in our community. After years of planning and discussions, he oversaw the merger of Regional Hospital and Bath Memorial Hospital with the creation of Mid Coast Health Services in 1987 and Mid Coast Hospital in 1991.

Recognizing the benefits of streamlining the delivery of comprehensive medical care, Mr. Paris led the long and complex process to build a new, state-of-the-art hospital half way between Bath and Brunswick near Cook's Corner. The new Mid Coast Hospital opened in 2001 and is today considered one of the highest quality, cost-effective healthcare systems in the state. In 2009, it was recognized as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nursing Association's Credentialing Committee, an honor earned by fewer than 400 hospitals nationwide.

His knowledge and passion for the arts helped create a Healing Environment at Mid Coast Hospital, and along with his wife, Harriet, helped gather donations and developed an extraordinary collection of healing artwork that speaks to the mind, body, and spirit of patients and visitors alike.

Mr. Paris has served on numerous boards and raised funds for a wide range of charitable and civic groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Mid Coast Maine, Success by Six, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Portland Symphony Orchestra, VHA New England, Maine Hospital Association, Pejepscot Historical Society, and the Chocolate Church.

"For 32 years, Herbert Paris has quietly developed and nurtured a culture of excellence in healthcare delivery and improved the quality of life for the citizens of the Bath-Brunswick-Topsham area," said Executive Vice President Lois Skillings. "The honor of the Lifetime Achievement Award is well deserved."

Mr. Paris joins the ranks of past Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, which include Harry C. Crooker (for whom the award has been named), Richard Morrell, Capt. Charles L. Mull (USN Ret.), Campbell B. Niven, and Sigurd "Sig" Knudsen.

Also honored by the Chamber as Citizen of the Year was Robert Davis, a member of the Mid Coast Health Services and Mid Coast Medical Group boards.