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St. Mary’s Welcomes Christopher Chekouras

Monday, October 26th, 2015

c chekouras hs10-2015 croppedxIt is with great excitement that we announce the arrival of Christopher Chekouras, our new President and CEO.  We’ve been anticipating Chris’ arrival since July when he was chosen to lead St. Mary’s following a competitive CEO selection process.  Chris comes to us from southern New Jersey where he was the Senior Vice President of Post-Acute and Community-Based Services at Virtua, a comprehensive healthcare system with three hospitals.

Chris brings a wealth of experience, innovative ideas, and an abundance of energy to St. Mary’s. He has a history of achieving results through effective collaboration, transparent communication, and personal accountability.  The leadership team is looking forward to working with Chris as we strive to provide the highest quality of care with a mission-driven passion.  His values are aligned with St. Mary’s making him a good fit to move us into the future.

We welcome Chris and his wife, Jennifer, to the St. Mary’s community as well as the Lewiston/Auburn community that they now call home.

Rheumatologist Joins St. Mary’s Medical Staff

Thursday, September 17th, 2015


asia mubashir hs 9-2015 croppedSt. Mary’s Rheumatology welcomes Dr. Asia Mubashir, MD. Prior to joining St. Mary’s, Dr. Mubashir started the first-of-its-kind Center for Arthritis & Rheumatism in North India, which catered to about five thousand patients within its first two years of operation. Dr. Mubashir has also served as an Assistant Professor of Rheumatology at the Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She earned her Rheumatology fellowship from the University of Connecticut and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Winthrop University Hospital, New York. Dr. Mubashir was also a researcher at Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital. She went to medical school at UTESA in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Mubashir is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and of the American College of Physicians.  She is a member of the Arthritis Foundation and Indian Rheumatology Association.

St. Mary’s Rheumatology is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of people with disorders of the joints, muscles, tendons, and other connective tissue. Rheumatic diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, tendinitis, lupus, scleroderma and almost 200 other types of conditions.

For more information about St. Mary’s Rheumatology or Dr. Mubashir, please visit or call (207) 777-4459.

St. Mary’s Health System Names a New President and Chief Executive Officer

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015


Christopher Chekouras Named New President and CEO of St. Mary's Health System

Christopher Chekouras Named New President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System

St. Mary’s Board Chair Craig Gunderson and Covenant Health President and CEO David Lincoln are pleased to announce that the St. Mary’s Search Committee has chosen Christopher Chekouras of Shamong, New Jersey as the next President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine.

Chekouras is currently Senior Vice President of Post-Acute and Community-Based Services at Virtua, a comprehensive southern New Jersey healthcare system with three hospitals. He will replace St. Mary’s current President and CEO,  Lee Myles, who is retiring in October.

The St. Mary’s Search Committee chose Chekouras following an intensive process with multiple strong candidates. According to Gunderson it was the breadth of Chekouras’ experience which impressed the group.

“Chris brings with him broad acute care leadership skills, including strategic planning, business development, physician and board relations, philanthropy, marketing, finance and operations,” said Gunderson.

“He was an outstanding choice in our mind not only because of his background, but also his proven history of achieving results through effective collaboration, transparent communication and personal accountability.”

“Even better,” said Gunderson, “he shares St. Mary’s values.  We think Chris is a great fit.”

Covenant Health President and CEO David Lincoln is equally positive about the choice.

“We are pleased to have Chris joining the Covenant Health leadership team,” said Lincoln.  “He’s mission-driven and will continue the strong faith tradition at St. Mary’s.”

“Chris brings dynamic energy, leadership skills and innovative ideas that will help clinically strengthen and grow the St. Mary’s system. We’ve made great strides this year, and we look forward to advancing our progress further with Chris at the helm of St. Mary’s.”

Chekouras, who formally begins his new role as CEO on October 5, says he eagerly looks forward to joining the St. Mary’s family.

“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to join St. Mary’s Health System.  It is an honor and a privilege to become part of their team.  Together we will continue to build on the 127-year healthcare legacy of St. Mary’s and the Sisters of Charity of Saint-Hyacinthe.”


“The St. Mary’s Search Committee and I are delighted that Chris and his wife Jennifer will be joining the St. Mary’s community,” said Gunderson. “We are looking forward to introducing him to St. Mary’s and the larger community.”

“You can’t help but like him,” Gunderson said, “or feel his energy, creativity and positive approach.”


St. Mary’s Welcomes a New Provider and Physiatry Service

Monday, May 19th, 2014

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center introduces a new Physiatry practice. This is a new service was created based on a significant need within Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, and other departments to treat back and neck pain. At the helm of the practice is Stephan Bamberger, MD. Dr. Bamberger provides alternative, non-opiate management of pain through Interventional Pain Management. Some of the procedures he will perform include: facet joint injections, epidural injections, nerve blocks spinal cord stimulation, advanced radio frequency ablation, and vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty.

Dr. Bamberger is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and a Diplomate with the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He joins St. Mary’s after 20 years of private group practice with Medical Rehabilitation Associates.
St. Mary’s Physiatry Service is located at Auburn Medical Office Building, 15 Gracelawn Avenue, in Auburn. Dr. Bamberger is seeing patients on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. For appointment information or an appointment by referral, please call 333-4799.

Stephan Bamberger, MD

Stephan Bamberger, MD

St. Mary’s Sonographers Earn Certification

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Congratulations to Doug Cilley and Jared Theberge who earned their certification as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers (RDCS) by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). They specialize in performing Cardiac Echocardiography, commonly known as “echos.” RDCS’s take detailed pictures of a person’s heart using an ultrasound machine. The information they gather can tell a cardiologist a lot about the function of a person’s heart. Cilley and Theberge work in the Echo and Vascular Ultrasound imaging division at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. St. Mary’s now has a complete team of Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers. Credentials awarded by ARDMS document personal achievement of recognized professional standards and are widely accepted in the medical community by sonography and vascular professional organizations.

Best wishes Kate!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Kate joined St. Mary’s in 1991. Many of you may remember her on the Adult Psyche Unit or C2 before she joined the ICCU in 1996.  We wish Kate well in her new role as clinical supervisor at Hospice House. Best wishes s Kate!

Best wishes, Kate!
Kate and Shirley Perron

Changes at a Sabattus Street Medical Practice

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010


There is a new name, a new provider, and new services being offered at Sabattus Street Primary Care. St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has hired a family practice physician for their office at 693 Sabattus Street, formerly Sabattus Street Internal Medicine. Peter Beeckel, MD, will join Liana Kelly, a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Beeckel has a long history at St. Mary’s, practicing medicine for 17 years at Campus Avenue Family Practice at 99 Campus Avenue.

“Moving from an internal medicine practice to a family practice means we can treat children as well as adults,” says Doug Miller, the Director of Operations for St. Mary’s Physician Network. “This broadens the scope of services we can provide to the community in this part of town.”

Family physicians are providers and coordinators of healthcare services for patients of all ages. They take care of children like a pediatrician, serve adults like a specialist in internal medicine, and perform some minor procedures.

The following are some of the medical services now available at Sabattus Street Primary Care: Family Health Care, Women’s Health Care, Newborn Care, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Acute Care, Preventative Medicine, Weight Loss Assistance, Accident or Injury Treatment, Sports Medicine, Smoking Cessation, and dermatologic and other minor procedures.

If you are interested in learning more about Sabattus Street Primary Care, Dr. Peter Beeckel, or St. Mary’s, please visit To schedule an appointment, please call 755-3222.

St. Mary’s Welcome New Sleep Specialist

Friday, September 24th, 2010


Thaddeus Shattuck, MD has joined St. Mary’s Health System. Dr. Shattuck is a sleep specialist and psychiatrist who will be sharing his expertise with patients at St. Mary’s Center for Sleep Disorders.  

Dr. Shattuck has a particular interest in circadian rhythm disorders and has been active in the treatment of sleep disorders in adolescent, geriatric, peri-menopausal, and bariatric patients.  

“I am fascinated with the connection between sleep and psychiatric disorders,” said Dr. Shattuck. “Many patients who don’t get enough quality sleep develop behavioral issues and conversely, many patients can’t fall asleep or stay asleep due to behavioral issues.”  

Dr. Shattuck earned his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. He completed his Psychiatric Residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Sleep Medicine Fellowship in Boston, Massachusetts.  

Dr. Shattuck is accepting new patients. Ask your doctor for a referral to St. Mary’s Center for Sleep Disorders at St. Mary’s Medical Building at 15 Gracelawn Road in Auburn. For more information, please call (207) 777-8959 or visit  


CCS Psychiatry Welcomes Heather Dlugosz, MD

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

CCS Psychiatry in Lewiston is pleased to announce Dr. Heather Dlugosz has joined its esteemed team of mental health professionals. Most recently, Dr. Dlugosz worked at Ohio’s Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition, she worked with Children’s Diagnostic Center in Hamilton, Ohio, and the Psychiatric Emergency Department at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Dlugosz earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was chief resident of the Child and Adolescent Fellowship Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio where she completed her training.

“I am very excited to begin the next phase of my career here in Maine! I have a passion for working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families in a collaborative fashion.” Two areas of special interest for Dr. Dlugosz include helping patients with eating disorders and college mental health issues.

Dr. Dlugosz is accepting new patients. To make an appointment, please call 777-8974. CCS Psychiatry is located at 100 Campus Avenue and is affiliated with St. Mary’s Health System. For more information, please visit our website.

Dr. Ahmad Halawa Moves to Lewiston Medical Associates

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Ahmad Halawa, MD has joined Dr. Betty Kennedy and Dr. Lawrence Baker at Lewiston Medical Associates. Dr. Halawa formerly practiced at Sabattus Street Internal Medicine, another St. Mary’s medical practice.

He is looking forward to seeing his current patients in his new office at 106 Campus Avenue in Lewiston, across the street from St. Mary’s Medical Center. Dr. Halawa continues to accept new patients as well.

Dr. Halawa has been practicing medicine in the St. Mary’s health system since 2007. He received his doctorate at Aleppo University in Syria, and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

Dr. Halawa is board certified in Internal Medicine, and a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association. His research articles have been published in many journals.

Dr. Halawa’s focus is on heart disease, diabetes, vascular disease, and arthritis. His expertise includes: joint injections, skin biopsies, mole removal and preventive health care.

To make an appointment, please call Lewiston Medical Associates at 755-3383.