Donald Cushing brings 30 years of entrepreneurial medical practice management experience to Vision Care of Maine. Cushing has started three successful healthcare businesses. His pioneering work in wellness as the founder of the Center Health Promotion in Portland, Maine in 1982 led to the establishment of some of the nation’s first corporate wellness programs at UNUM and L.L. Bean. Later, he successfully launched Maine’s first laser vision surgery center, one of the first such ventures in the United States.
Cushing’s success is a direct result of his understanding of marketing, communications, and population health management combined with his education and experience. During his career he has managed all of the major elements of complex healthcare organizations including an HMO employing 25 primary care physicians. In this capacity, Cushing oversaw the development of health education and disease management strategies aimed at improving the health status of the membership. He has overseen the design and construction of four new medical offices. He has recruited and managed physicians and other key clinical team members. Mr. Cushing is an expert in delivering outpatient medical services. The medical practices he has led have been recognized for excellence in clinical quality and customer service. During his career he has acquired specialized expertise in healthcare information systems including successfully transitioning two large medical practices to electronic health records. He has a proven track record of managing large projects to achieve their objectives, including leading a financial and operational turnaround of a $60 million HMO. Mr. Cushing earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Boston College. He holds an Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern Maine.