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About the Center

Executive Director

James A. Harnar
Executive Director
Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership

Jim Harnar has been the Executive Director of the Hanley Center since 2005. He worked closely with the Hanley Family and other health care leaders in establishing the Center in 2002 and served on the Center’s Board of Directors before being named to his current post.

Jim has been an active part of Maine’s health care community for 25 years and has played a leadership role in many collaborative initiatives aimed at improving care across the state. Before joining the Hanley Center, Jim served for three years as President of the Maine Health Information Center (now Onpoint Health Data), northern New England’s primary independent, nonprofit health data research organization. While at the MHIC, Jim served as the initial Project Director for HealthInfoNet, Maine’s statewide electronic health information exchange. From 2005 - 2010, Jim served as senior project consultant at HealthInfoNet, working on policy development, consumer engagement, funding and other issues.

While at the MHIC, Jim also was highly involved in the establishment of the nation’s first public medical, pharmacy and dental insurance claims database and the development of new web-based data reporting packages for hospitals and other organizations.

Before arriving at the MHIC, Jim served for 14 years as Vice President of Public Affairs and Members Services at the Maine Hospital Association, where he was responsible for communications, education, hospital governance programs, environmental issues and MHA’s for-profit subsidiary. He led the development of Maine Recruitment Center and projects that won recognition from Maine Audubon and the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Jim earned his undergraduate degree in journalism and a graduate degree in public administration. After several years as a newspaper reporter in Colorado and New Mexico, Harnar served for seven years on active duty as a U.S. Navy officer in San Diego and Brunswick, Maine. He remained in the Naval Reserve and retired in 2003 with 25 years of combined service with the rank of Captain.

Harnar has been involved in the leadership of many statewide, regional and national health care organizations. He served in the 1990s on the board of directors of the American Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development and is a former president of the Maine Public Relations Council. Through the years, Jim has served on the boards of several health organizations in Maine. He currently is on the board of the LifeFlight Foundation and Spring Harbor Hospital. He lives in Portland and enjoys the outdoors. In the summer he is frequently sighted on Casco Bay aboard his 31’ sloop S’altair. In the winter, he can often be found on the slopes at Sugarloaf.