Phillips DiPisa & Associates Seeking Presidents for Western Maine Health and Franklin Community Health Network

October 8, 2019 – Phillips, DiPisa & Associates, an executive search firm serving the healthcare and life sciences sectors, has been selected to find new presidents for Western Maine Health and Franklin Community Health Network. Both organizations are members of MaineHealth, the state’s largest, non-profit, integrated healthcare delivery system. Executive recruiters Katie Mazzuckelli and Beth Ross are leading the respective assignments.

The next president of Western Maine Health, a critical access hospital in the town of Norway, will have full responsibility for leading the organization. The individual will be charged with providing the leadership, strategic guidance and management direction necessary to fulfill the organization’s mission.

Ten-plus years of progressively responsible, successful leadership experience in healthcare management and operations is required for the role, said Phillips, DiPisa & Associates. The successful candidate will be a current president/CEO, COO, or other senior executive-level position in a multi-hospital health system environment with a regional and/or national reputation for excellence. The right individual must also have prior experience working collaboratively with a board.

Candidates should also have experience in a multi-hospital healthcare system, including proven and successful leadership experience within a complex and matrixed reporting structure, said the search firm. The hospital also wants a proven track record of supporting the development and execution of growth strategies. Rural healthcare experience is required. Prospects must also have an undergraduate degree; a relevant graduate degree is preferred.

Role Requirements

The president of Franklin Community Health Network, a non-profit, integrated network of rural health care providers based in the town of Farmington, will be expected to provide leadership, strategic guidance and management direction needed to fulfill the organization’s mission, said Phillips DiPisa & Associates.

The leader is responsible and accountable for the organization’s growth, operational excellence, quality of care and financial performance. He or she will be expected to be a highly-visible leader and strong advocate for Franklin Community Health Network and MaineHealth within the Franklin County community.

Candidates should have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible, successful leadership experience in healthcare management and operations, said the search firm. The successful candidate will currently be a president/CEO, COO, SVP/VP of operations or hold another senior executive-level position in a multi-hospital health system environment with a regional and/or national reputation for excellence.

They should also have prior experience working collaboratively with a board, with transparency and trust and encouraging open discussion of key issues appropriate to board levels. Experience in a multi-hospital healthcare system and appreciation for the strengths and challenges that brings to a local organization is essential. This includes proven and successful leadership experience within a complex and matrixed reporting structure. An undergraduate degree is required and a relevant graduate degree is preferred.

MaineHealth has 12 member entities, four affiliated entities, 19,000 providers and employees serving 1.1 million people. Western Maine Health opened in 1957 as Stephens Memorial Hospital and became a member of MaineHealth in 1998. Franklin Community Health Network, formed in 1991, became a subsidiary of MaineHealth in 2014 and officially “unified” with other MaineHealth member hospitals this year. Affiliates include Franklin Memorial Hospital, a $76 million, 65-bed, non-profit, rural hospital with 45 providers; Health Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County; and NorthStar EMS, an ambulance service.

Healthcare Recruiting

Phillips DiPisa, headquartered in Hingham, MA, is a retained executive search firm that exclusively serves the healthcare and life sciences industries. Founded in 1994, the firm is ranked as one of the top healthcare recruiting firms in the country. In addition to the Boston area, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.


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Ms. Mazzuckelli has helped place professionals in a wide array of healthcare positions. Calling on her early-career experience in the healthcare information technology arena, Ms. Mazzuckelli has built a roster of successful IT-related searches, ensuring that entities relying on comprehensive data-driven health metrics have capable CIOs and CMIOs. She also has proven success in searches across a wide breadth of functional areas, from CEOs and CFOs, to clinical-care leadership searches involving CMOs, CNOs, chief quality officers, and physician practice executives.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Ms. Ross joined Phillips DiPisa in 2014. She has focused on recruiting senior-level physician and non-physician leaders across most clinical and functional areas. Ms. Ross has a track record for swiftly identifying prospective candidates, winning their interest and commitment, and ensuring their success and retention once placed.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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