On June 28, Jim Cassidy will be retiring after almost 20 years with St. Mary’s Health System.
Some of the notable achievements at the Health System during his tenure as President/CEO include the following:
- Stabilized the hospital and health system’s financial circumstances, which had been difficult prior to his arrival.
- Oversaw stable growth of system workforce to approximately 2,000 individuals.
- Changed the name of the health system from Sisters of Charity Health System to St. Mary’s Health System to reflect evolving recognition of the System in the community.
- Opened the Women’s Health Pavilion (2000). Center for Joint Replacement (2007), St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Rehab Center (2009), St. Mary’s Auburn Campus (2009) and the modernization of the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Emergency Center (2010).
- Dramatically improved access to primary care in region with a focus on recruiting physicians and mid-level providers.
- Initiated Haiti Work Retreats in 1998, which allow St. Mary’s employees to volunteer among the poor in Haiti.
- Worked with Catholic Charities in addressing refugee resettlement in the region during 2000.
- Picked up responsibility for the School-Based Health Centers in Auburn and Lewiston’s Middle and High Schools.
- Focused attention on improving the health status and access for residents in downtown Lewiston.
- The Neighborhood Housing Initiative, which has resulted in the construction of 12 very affordable new homes, recognizing that families can’t be healthy when living in an unhealthy environment.
- The B Street Health Center. A full-service medical practice located in the heart of a federally-designated Enterprise Community, which also offers behavioral medicine and dental services in a culturally sensitive and affordable manner, maintaining the dignity of its patients.
- The St. Mary’s Food Pantry. One of the largest emergency food pantries in New England, it has been providing emergency food assistance to residents of greater Androscoggin County for over 20 years.
- Lots to Gardens. A youth and community driven organization that uses sustainable urban agriculture to grow fresh food, nurture healthy youth, and create a healthier community. The program teaches people how to grow their own food, provide affordable access to fresh food, and involve youth as leaders, while helping families and youth develop skills and build power for lifelong and community-wide change.
- These efforts have been recognized nationally by the American Hospital Association through its Foster McGaw and NOVA awards, and the Catholic Health Association’s Citation award. Locally, these efforts have been honored by the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council Award for more than 100 years of investment in the well-being of our community.
If you’d like to leave a message of congratulations and well-wishes for Jim, please use the form below. The blog will be live until July 15 and all the messages will be collected and presented to Jim in a scrapbook. Thanks for joining us in this recognition.