Lori Dwyer ‘05 has been selected as the Penobscot Community Health Care’s (PCHC) next President and Chief Executive Officer. Dwyer has served as PCHC’s senior vice president, general counsel, and compliance and risk officer for the past 5 years. After a national search and rigorous selection process, PCHC board Chair Mark Woodward notes, “the Board was pleased to learn that the best talent was right here, already serving PCHC, its patients and the community.”
Dwyer will succeed Kenneth Schmidt, who announced his retirement earlier this year, after 15 years of service to PCHC. Of her new role, Dwyer states, “This organization is on the cutting edge of integrated primary care delivery, and I am honored to be a part of that, and to have the chance to serve PCHC’s mission, its 750 dedicated employees, and its patients.”
Dwyer will be leading an organization unique in Maine. PCHC, a non-profit community health center founded in 1997, specializes in providing primary care to members of the community in an integrated way, utilizing primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, mental health providers, pediatricians, specialists, clinical pharmacists, care managers, dentists, social workers, housing navigators, job support specialists, and more, to provide comprehensive treatment that meets the needs of the whole person. PCHC services are available to anyone who seeks them, regardless of ability to pay, and PCHC accepts all types of insurance.
Dwyer received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maine School of Law. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance by George Washington University. Prior to joining PCHC, Dwyer served as a Labor and Employment Attorney at Bernstein Shur. She is actively involved in the Bangor community where she lives, serving on the Board of the Bangor YMCA and the Maine Multicultural Center. She is also the Chair of the Maine State Bar Association Health Law Section. Dwyer was a past board president for the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP).