Deb Sanford, MBA, MSN, RN, Baldrige Executive Fellow, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services

Deb Sanford

Deb Sanford, MBA, MSN, RN, Baldrige Executive Fellow, is the vice president of nursing and patient care services at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Deb has been a nurse for more than 30 years, starting as a staff nurse at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital before quickly becoming a nurse leader and program manager.
           
Deb has been with EMHS, Eastern Maine Medical Center's parent organization, for more than 20 years with varying clinical and leadership positions. Deb started at EMHS in 2002 as director of Medical Informatics. She has also held the positions of administrator for patient care services at EMMC, vice president for patient care services and performance improvement and compliance officer at Acadia Hospital, and vice president of organizational effectiveness at EMHS before accepting her current position.    

Deb earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Binghamton University, and her Master of Science degree in nursing from Saint John Fisher College. Deb also has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester, and is a Baldrige Executive Fellow. Deb has completed the Baldrige Examiner Orientation, and she is also a Certified Yellow Belt.
           
Deb is a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, and has received the Donate Life Award from New England Organ Bank. She has been awarded the Board Chair's Award and the Irene Gray Outstanding Campaign Volunteer Award from United Way of Eastern Maine, a Splash Award from Eastern Maine Medical Center, and the Nursing Exemplar Award from University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American College of Health Executives, Association for Nurse Executives, and Rotary International.
          
"Have the passion, take the action, and magic will happen" – Bar Refaeli. This is Deb's motto, and it is a motto she strives to implement at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
          
"I enjoy working at Eastern Maine Medical Center and holding a leadership position where I can work to remove barriers so nurses can deliver the very best care to our patients. This is my passion."

Stephanie Baillargeon, MHA, BSN, RN

Stephanie Baillargeon

Stephanie Baillargeon, MHA, BSN, RN, is the director of clinical services for the Medical Group. Stephanie has been a nurse for more than 29 years, starting as a nurse technician at Down East Community Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center.
           
After earning her degree, Stephanie became a nurse in CCU/CSU and worked there for nine years, including having the role of night charge nurse. Stephanie then went on to hold the positions of day charge nurse and cardiac clinical coordinator on the M3/G4 Cardiac Units. Stephanie was the nurse manager for the Cardiac Telemetry Units for 13 years before accepting her current position.
           
Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Husson University, and then went on to earn her Master in Healthcare Administration degree from St. Joseph's College in Standish, Maine. Stephanie has been a member of the Husson University Alumni Board and is a member of the Advisory Board for Medical Assistant at both Beal College and Eastern Maine Community College. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association, American Nurses Association-Maine, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Organization of Maine Nursing Executives. Stephanie is also Nurse Executive-Board Certified. 

Stephanie has enjoyed her professional career here at Eastern Maine Medical Center because of the opportunities it gives employees to grow as leaders.
           
"I like the opportunities this organization has for us; as a nurse I have had the opportunity to grow as a leader within the hospital. I also like that Eastern Maine Medical Center is always on the leading edge, working to provide the best healthcare for our patients."

Kim Demers, MBA, BSN, RN

Kim Demers

Kim Demers, MBA, BSN, RN, is the director of nursing for professional practice and administrative services. Kim has been a nurse for 20 years, starting as a staff nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center before becoming a float nurse at UMass University Campus. After a few years, Kim returned to Eastern Maine Medical Center as a house supervisor and then became a nurse manager before accepting her current position.
           
Kim has an Associate's Degree in business management from the University of Maine and an Associate's Degree in nursing from Eastern Maine Community College. She also has a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of Maine, and is currently working on a Master of Business Administration degree with a healthcare concentration from Husson University.
           
Kim has been a Nursing Excellence Award nominee for her successful contributions to nursing at Eastern Maine Medical Center. She is a member of the Association of Nursing Professional Development, Nursing Leaders of Maine (OMNE), American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American Nurses Association.
           
Kim has enjoyed working at Eastern Maine Medical Center because she can do what she is passionate about every day.

“I am passionate about providing care to patients and families in communities across the state of Maine. It brings me great joy to work in a state-of-the-art medical center and be able to touch the lives of those in need every day.”

Jennifer Fogel, BSN, RN

Jennifer Fogel

Jennifer Fogel, BSN, RN, is the director of nursing informatics. Jen has been a nurse for more than 37 years, all at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
           
Jen started as a staff nurse and held that role for many years before becoming the clinical supervisor of the Ambulatory Care Unit Pre-Administration Testing Department. Jen has also served as the nurse manager of the Ambulatory Care, Transport, Sleep Lab, Pre-Admission Testing, and Pediatrics Units. Jen opened and served as manager of the Outpatient Observation Unit.
           
Jen graduated from the Eastern Maine Medical Center School of Nursing with a nursing diploma, and then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. Joseph's College in Standish, Maine. Jen is currently working toward her Master of Science degree with a focus on nursing informatics at Walden University. Jen is an Eastern Maine Medical Center Eagle Award winner, an award she received for her leadership skills.
           
Jen has enjoyed her time with the organization, and throughout her time here, Eastern Maine Medical Center has become a second family.
           
"I am proud to work at Eastern Maine Medical Center because of the care that we provide, the devotion of the staff, and the commitment of the leadership team. It is my second family."
 

Barb Letellier, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Barb Letellier

Barb Letellier, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, is the director of Perioperative Services at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Barb has been a nurse for more than 30 years, beginning her career as a nurse technician.

After graduating from nursing school, and over the course of the next several years, she assumed an increasing amount of responsibility, becoming the orthopedics team leader, and then clinical supervisor. After her promotion to director of Perioperative Services, Barb assumed the responsibilities of patient care administrator for Perioperative Services, which expanded her role to include not only department functions, but strategic, institutional, and systemic issues shaping the future of healthcare in the region and the state.

Barb earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Husson College, and her Master of Business Administration and Healthcare Management degree from Husson University. She is a member of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Association of Operating Room Nurses, and the American Nurses Association. Barb has a Certified Nurse Operating Room certification and Nurse Executive, Advanced – Board certification.

Throughout her career, Barb has enjoyed working at Eastern Maine Medical Center, because while the organization continues to expand, the focus stays on the individual patient’s experience.

“I enjoy working at Eastern Maine Medical Center because despite how we ‘grow’ our facilities, our technologies, and our programs, we remain committed to the needs of each individual patient, every day.  There is no compromise with quality and compassion.”

Allen L’Italien, RN

Allen L’Italien

Allen L'Italien, RN, is the executive director at EMMC Cancer Care. Allen is responsible for patient care services, including diagnostic services provided by the Breast and Osteoporosis Center, pediatric oncology, breast surgical oncology, medical oncology and hematology, radiation oncology, oncology research, inpatient oncology, cancer genetics counseling, and cancer outreach.
           
Allen has been working in healthcare for more than 45 years, starting as a nurse's aide at Eastern Maine Medical Center after spending three years at a major hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. Allen went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Husson University, and then became a registered nurse. At Eastern Maine Medical Center, Allen has held the positions of charge nurse, department head, and business manager for Cancer Care as an outpatient service before he accepted his current position.
           
Allen is a founding board member for the Maine Cancer Consortium, and a member of the New England Clinical Oncology Society and the Association of Cancer Executives.
           
Allen enjoys working at Eastern Maine Medical Center because he has been able to help expand its cancer services to truly make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer in Maine.
           
"I enjoy working here because of the constant challenges that making a difference for our friends and for our neighbors brings. Expanding offerings that make a difference has always been supported by the senior leadership, especially in getting meaningful oncology research established in Maine. That meets the definition of worthwhile work.”
 

Aida Poblador-Stevens, MSN, BSN, RN

Aida Poblador-Stevens

Aida Poblador-Stevens, MSN, BSN, RN, is the director of nursing for women's and children's services. Originally from The Philippines, Aida has been a nurse for more than 40 years.
           
Aida began her nursing career in Boston at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, and later worked at Beth Israel Hospital where she was able to enhance her professional objectives and developed clinical expertise in acute medical nursing. Aida held leadership/administrative and educator roles at Anaheim Memorial Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and the Cambridge Hospital where she started her involvement in women/children’s services.

Aida then continued to  focus in women’s and children’s health at Anna Jaques Hospital as department director, where she worked for 16 years and was instrumental in effecting changes in delivery of perinatal care model/practice and professional development of the nursing staff. By working in many hospitals across the country and primarily in New England, Aida encountered many opportunities for continued learning and further development of abilities that allowed for integration of best practices and relationships with other experts in the healthcare industry.

Other hospitals where Aida has worked as a nurse leader include Maine Medical Center, Goodall Hospital, and South Coast Hospital Group. In 2007, Aida joined B.E. Smith Interim Leadership Services for four years. This gave her opportunities to successfully improve the quality of perinatal care services and neonatal care units in large medical centers such as the Redlands Community Hospital in California, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, and University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky. Prior to joining Eastern Maine Medical Center, Aida was the patient care director of the women’s and infants services at Steward St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston.
           
Aida earned her Master of Science degree in nursing administration from Boston University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Philippine Christian University. She is a member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Aida enjoys being at the director level because she can be an active member of a leadership team that strives to make Eastern Maine Medical Center the best.
           
"My job fits extremely well with my career goals and abilities. Two of my service areas are in the hospital’s Modernization Project. The move to the new NICU exemplified a highly successful transition that showed staff engagement and strength in the overall hospital capability. I am glad to be part of a leadership team that is working to take this hospital on the journey to Magnet excellence."
 

Debbie Richards, RN

Debbie Richards

Debbie Richards, RN, is the administrator for Heart Care and Telemedicine. Debbie has been a nurse for more than 39 years, starting at Eastern Maine Medical Center as a nursing tech.
           
Debbie became a registered nurse, working in the Intensive Care Unit and Imaging, at Eastern Maine Medical Center after graduating from St. Mary's School of Nursing. She later earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree with a healthcare management concentration from St. Joseph's College. Since then, Debbie has served as the nurse manager for the Outpatient Observation Unit, Infusion Center, and Cardiac Pre-Admission Testing. Debbie was then promoted to her current position.
           
For her exceptional leadership skills, Debbie has earned the Eagle Award from Eastern Maine Medical Center, and she is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau.
           
Debbie has happily spent her professional career at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and she has particularly enjoyed being a part of a team that works together to make a difference in patients’ lives.
           
"EMMC provides me the opportunity to make a difference in our patients’ lives, build programs, establish positive relationships, and work collaboratively. Our job is very difficult, so what we do every day depends on strong relationships. We have to build trusting relationships with our teams, because collectively we are more knowledgeable than individually."

Nina Swan, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNL

Nina Swan

Nina Swan, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNL, is the director of the medical and surgical nursing service line. Nina has been a nurse for 29 years, starting as a licensed practical nurse at The Aroostook Medical Center and continuing her career at Mercy Hospital before becoming a registered nurse at Maine Medical Center and an adjunct faculty member in Southern Maine Community College's CNA program.

Nina has held multiple successful leadership positions including clinical nurse leader and assistant nurse director at Maine Medical Center, and director of critical care at 2 North Telemetry before joining Eastern Maine Medical Center.
           
Nina received her Master of Science degree in nursing with a clinical nurse leader concentration from the University of Southern Maine, and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of New England. Nina is also certified as a clinical nurse leader and a certified medical-surgical registered nurse. She has certifications in basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support. Nina is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Clinical Nurse Leader Association where she served as president for two years.
           
Nina enjoys working at Eastern Maine Medical Center because of its openness to change.
           
"I like changing environments, and I think that EMMC is positioned to change. Getting everyone on that bus is really exciting to me; I like being the change agent."

Ann-Marie Williams, MBA, BSN, RN

Ann-Marie Williams

Ann-Marie Williams, MBA, BSN, RN, is the director of Care Management and the Transfer Center. Ann-Marie has been a nurse for more than 22 years, starting as a charge nurse for Brewer Rehab and Living Center, and then after one year becoming a staff nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Soon after becoming a staff nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Ann-Marie became a nurse care manager and was then promoted to case management manager until she accepted her current position.

Ann-Marie received her Master of Business Administration degree from Husson University and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Husson College. For her hard work and strong leadership qualities, Ann-Marie was awarded the Eastern Maine Medical Staff Award as a senior nursing student by Husson College. Ann-Marie also has certifications in nursing case management, case management, leadership development, healthcare leadership, and she is an accredited case manager. Ann-Marie is a member of Case Management Society of America, the American Case Management Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ann-Marie has been working at Eastern Maine Medical Center for 21 years, and she enjoys working with her team because of their dedication to improving healthcare.

"I like working here because I am part of a dedicated and highly skilled team whose job it is to improve healthcare for everyone. We are a family taking care of other Maine families. When I look around, I am amazed of the talent of our entire team."