About MaineHealth Innovation

Our Purpose

MaineHealth Innovation builds connections to drive diversity of thought, educates to produce creative problem-solvers and funds to accelerate ideas. By leveraging the ideas, insights and expertise of all care team members to develop novel solutions to our unmet care needs, we are working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.

Our Goals

(1) Foster a culture of innovation

(2) Strengthen innovation infrastructure

(3) Curate of a suite of tools to support innovation

Core Innovation Services

Connecting, educating, and funding innovators across MaineHealth.


We are the connective tissue that links innovators with global experts and pioneers. We tap into strategic partnerships and our health system network to bring ideas to life.


We provide dynamic educational experiences and programming through our Innovation Cohort, Innovation Elective, and various workshops and events.


We provide funding to innovators to propel their ideas through the Innovation Fund program in order to strengthen external funding opportunities for our innovators.

Innovation Team

Susan Ahern
Vice President of Innovation
Todd Keiller
Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
Erin McCue headshot
Innovation Coordinator
Innovation Lab Program Manager

Innovation Supporters

Innovation Cabinet

Joel Botler, MD
Southern Region Interim President and Chief Medical Officer, MaineHealth

Chief Nursing Officer, Maine Medical Center

Kelly Elkins
Chief Operating Officer, MaineHealth

Kevin Griffin
Chief Strategy Officer, MaineHealth

Trampas Hutches
Mountain Region President, MaineHealth

Lou Inzana, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Maine Medical Center

Susan Keiler, FACHE
VP of Business Development, Southern Maine Health Care

Aileen Mickey, MD
President, MaineHealth Medical Group

Dan Nigrin, MD
Chief Information Officer, MaineHealth

Andrea Patstone
President, Western Maine Health

Chris Thomson, MD
Chief Medical and Transformation Officer, MaineHealth


Andrew Mueller, MD
CEO, MaineHealth

Doug Sawyer, MD, PhD
Chief Academic Officer, Maine Medical Center & MaineHealth

Innovation Fund Committee

Joel Botler, MD
Interim President and Chief Medical Officer, MaineHealth Southern Region

Lou Inzana, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Maine Medical Center

Robert Frank, Esq.
Counsel – Special Projects, MaineHealth

Doug Sawyer, MD, PhD
Chief Academic Officer & Interim Chief Medical Officer, MaineHealth

Anne Breggia, PhD
Director, Center for Applied Science and Technology, MaineHealth Institute for Research

Damien Carter, MD
Critical Care Surgeon, Maine Medical Partners

Michelle Duval, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Information Officer, MaineHealth

Nir Harish, MD, MBA
Emergency Physician, Pen Bay Medical Center

Jessica Logsdon, MHS, MHA, PA-C
Director of the Advanced Practice Provider Center of Excellence

Rebecca Hoffmann Frances, MA, LMFT
Sr. Director of Clinical Innovation & Training, Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Sunil Malhotra, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Maine Medical Center

Leah Mallory, MD
Medical Director, Simulation Center & Pediatric Hospitalist, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center

Lizzy Mulcahy, DNP, FNP-C
Director of Telehealth, MaineHealth

Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, MEd
George W. Hallet, MD Chair of Pediatrics, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center

Tammy Whitney, RN, MSN, MHA
Manager of Clinical Informatics, Stephens Memorial Hospital

Innovation Donors

Thank you to MaineHealth Innovation’s valued donors for their lasting contributions and for believing that together anything is possible!

Annual Giving
Gibbs Harris Family
Nancy P. and Robert C. King
Bobbie Lamont
Sandra Stone
Wex, Inc.

Innovation Collaborators

a large collage of logos of the Innovation Center collaborators