Central Maine Healthcare adds operations leaders to hasten its transformation

Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) has added two healthcare operations executives to help position the health system as Maine's healthcare delivery innovator.

The two new senior leaders are David Tupponce, M.D., Executive Vice President of CMH and President of Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) and Lynn Budlong, Vice President of Physician Services.

Together, Tupponce and Budlong will oversee the system's operations and work with physicians to develop programs and set even higher standards of clinical quality and safety for CMH's patients. The appointments further solidify CMH's leadership roster to assist in transforming the system into the state's first value-based healthcare provider in terms of cost, access, quality and service.

Tupponce comes to CMH with an extensive clinical and administrative background. For the past five years, he served as CEO of Paradise Valley Hospital, part of Tenet Healthcare's Abrazo Community Health Network, in Scottsdale, Arizona. His clinical background includes service as a hospitalist and family practice physician. He received a Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University and was a family medicine chief resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Budlong has nearly 20 years of broad strategic leadership experience, and was most recently the Vice President, Primary Care and Strategic Business Operations at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Cambridge Health Alliance. While there, she provided strategic and operational leadership for an ambulatory network of 12 primary care centers. Prior to her role at Cambridge Health Alliance, she was a consultant in the human services and healthcare sectors in the areas of new business development, strategic planning and operations management.