The Board of Trustees of Coastal Healthcare Alliance, which oversees Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital and their community-based health care services, has selected Dr. Mark Fourre to be the next chief executive officer of the organization.

Fourre, currently chief medical officer at LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, will assume leadership of Coastal Healthcare Alliance at the end of year when the current CEO, Mark Biscone, is set to retire. The combined Pen Bay and Waldo hospital system and LincolnHealth are all members of MaineHealth, the state’s largest health care system.

An emergency physician by training, Fourre has a reputation as a strong physician leader at LincolnHealth, where he is viewed as both a talented administrator and a leading clinician, according to a Sept. 1 news release from Coastal Healthcare.

A native of Minnesota, Fourre earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and his medical doctorate from the University of Minnesota Medical School. After completing his training at the UCSF emergency medicine residency program in Fresno, Calif., he began his career as assistant chief of emergency medicine at that same hospital.

In 1989 Fourre came to Portland and Maine Medical Center, where he developed the emergency medicine residency program and served as director; he has worked in roles of increasing responsibility with MaineHealth members since that time.

“In Mark we get someone with experience delivering high-quality care through a network of health care providers. As we seek to maximize the opportunities of Pen Bay and Waldo working together, Mark is exactly the leader we need,” said Carole Brand, a member of the Coastal Healthcare Board and chair of the search committee that selected Fourre.

Brand said her committee conducted a national search and that Fourre emerged from a strong pool of candidates. She said the group was especially impressed with his leadership skills. For instance, in 2013 Fourre was elected president and chairman of the board of Community Physicians of Maine, an organization with more than 1,300 physician members in the state. Brand said this shows Fourre’s ability to work well with both volunteer boards and physician colleagues, important qualities in Coastal Healthcare Alliance’s next leader.

“Leading an organization like the Coastal Healthcare Alliance is an incredible opportunity,” said Fourre. “Both Waldo and Pen Bay have rich traditions of providing excellent care to their communities. Working together, they will be better positioned to meet the growing needs of the communities they serve.” he added.