The president and chief executive officer of Maine Medical Center, Portland, is stepping down after 11 years, but the reason for the departure was a mystery.
Vincent Contis office reported that he was not responding to media interview requests on Wednesday, a day after the hospitals trustees announced that Conti will step down on June 15.
In a prepared statement, the board praised Conti for his service on Tuesday. Richard Petersen, chief operating officer, will serve as interim CEO and president, the board said.
Vince has accomplished a great deal during his tenure, and Maine Medical Center is stronger than ever, the statement said. A great number of the medical centers recent successes can be directly attributed to Vinces leadership.
Conti, 59, took over in March 1997 from Don McDowell, who left to head MaineHealth, Maine Medical Centers parent organization. Conti previously worked at Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
In Portland, Conti led the 557-bed hospital through a decade of growth, during which he raised its national profile. -- by the Associated Press