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Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, April 3, 2014
BHMH announces change in top leadership
Roraff out, Ronan in

Roraff leaves CEO position at Blue Hill hospital

Greg Roraff, left, stepped down as Blue Hill Memorial Hospital CEO on April 1, 2014 and John Ronan will take his place on an interim basis in the Blue Hill, Maine hospital.

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Effective April 1, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Roraff will leave the hospital post for a new one with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Roraff, who has been CEO of the critical access hospital for the past four years, will begin working on “short-term projects that need focused leadership” within the EMHS system, according to EMHS CEO Michelle Hood in a prepared statement.

Stepping into his place, in an interim role, is John Ronan, the hospital’s current chief operating officer. Ronan has been with EMHS for 17 years and at BHMH for the past four years.

“This is absolutely the best thing that could have happened for all parties involved,” said Roraff on Monday, March 31. “Everyone comes out better than before.”

According to Roraff, while Ronan has been named to the CEO job on an interim basis, the hospital is not planning to conduct a search for a replacement. “The plan is to place John in the job on an interim basis and then build for success.” He said he believes Ronan is the right person to take on the leadership position.

Ronan, who lives in the Bangor area, says he does wish to stay at BHMH as its permanent CEO and is planning to relocate to the area once his last child is out of high school in June.

“Four years ago when I came to Blue Hill I wasn’t sure I would want to stay, but I fell in love with it and it has only gotten more exciting,” said Ronan. “There are challenges, but my focus will be to continue to bring services to the hospital and to continue to work with EMHS to build the oncology program.” He said he is also interested in “reestablishing the organization as part of the community.”

One of the larger projects Ronan will tackle is a “right-sizing of the hospital’s ongoing master facility planning.” Involved in the process since its beginning, Ronan says the next step is validating the proper size and scope. “It is time to take a pause. What we want and what we are able to afford may be two different things,” he said.

As for Roraff, the transition out of BHMH gets him one step closer to retirement and back to Wisconsin. He said he plans to stay in the area for at least the next year and will continue to be active in the community.