Administration Profiles at Mercy

Vice President, Medical Staff

Dr. Brett is responsible for providing oversight of Medical Staff policies, credentialling, privileging and quality.

Dr. Brett is passionate about quality patient care and Medical Staff professional growth and satisfaction.

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Staff cardiologist at Maine Medical Center, and Medical Director, Turning Point cardiac rehabilitation.

Education

B.A. Cornell University,  MD University of Vermont College of Medicine

Dr. Brett became Vice President of the Medical Staff in 2021

Favorite Quote

"The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life; the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician"  (William J. Mayo)

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Vice President of Finance of Mercy Hospital

David Kennedy is the Vice President of Finance of Mercy Hospital. David is responsible for the daily financial operations of Mercy Hospital including financial decision making and planning activities. On a day-to-day basis, he oversees Mercy’s financial operating and capital budgeting, modeling, analysis, and stewardship of assets.

David is passionate about his family, friends, and all the outdoor activities Maine has to offer.

David serves as a member of the MHA Healthcare Finance Council and the Board of Directors of the Northern New England Chapter of HFMA. Prior to joining Northern Light Health, David was a Senior Manager at BerryDunn serving as a healthcare financial consultant.

Education

David holds a BA in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross and a MS/MBA in Accounting from Northeastern University. David became the Vice President of Finance of Mercy Hospital in 2020.

Favorite Quote

“Nobody can really guarantee the future. The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them and then make our plans with confidence.” Henry Ford II

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Vice President, Performance Operations, Northern Light Mercy Hospital

Wendy Napolitano is the vice president of Performance Operations for Mercy Hospital.
She is responsible for project management and facilitation, operational oversight, and overall performance of the organization. 

Wendy has been with Northern Light Mercy Hospital since 1985.

Education
Bachelor of Science Degree, Accounting
Wendy became the vice president of Performance Operations at Mercy Hospital in 2017.

Favorite Quote

“It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”
– Mother Teresa

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Vice President, Philanthropy, Northern Light Health

Susan Rouillard is vice president of Philanthropy for Northern Light Health and oversees the fundraising programs for the southwest region of Northern Light Health.

Her responsibilities include overseeing philanthropy programs, including capital campaigns and mission-focused programs for the region that encompasses Northern Light Mercy Hospital, CA Dean Hospital, Inland Hospital, SVH Hospital, Mayo Hospital and Homecare & Hospice. Fundraising for Mercy’s McAuley Residence in Portland and Gary’s House are also under Susan’s direction.

Susan has a special interest in development and marketing for the nonprofit sector. She has an extensive background in communications and capital campaign planning and execution. Among the campaigns she has helped organize and manage: The Parker Pavilion at the University of New England (UNE), the George and Barbara Bush Cultural Center, the Harold Alfond Medical School at UNE, and the consolidation of Westbrook College Campus with UNE. Susan currently oversees the One Mercy Capital Campaign and the “Preserving the Promise” Campaign for CA Dean Hospital.

As a community leader, Susan has served on several nonprofit boards over the course of her career: Greater Portland Landmarks, Sweetser (Corporator), The Louis T. Graves Memorial Library, United Way of York County, Season Ten Foundation and, most recently, Seeds of Hope, a nonprofit organization focused on providing food and housing for those in need in York County.

Prior to joining Northern Light Mercy Hospital in 2008, Susan was the president of Laudholm Trust and chair of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Education
Undergraduate degree from Marymount College of Fordham University
 
Susan serves as a member of the senior leadership team for the Northern Light Health Foundation, the governance committee of the Northern Light Health Foundation and Mercy Hospital, and as a member of the executive staff leadership team of the Mercy Hospital board of directors.

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Vice President, Surgical Services, Northern Light Mercy Hospital

Mark Seelen is the Vice President of Surgical Services at Northern Light Mercy Hospital. Mark is responsible for the oversight of strategic, financial, and operational performance of surgical services.

Mark brings a passion for staff engagement and service line development.

Mark was a Senior Administrative Director at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Education

BS, US Military Academy, MBA, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, MPH, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Mark became the Vice President of Surgical Services in 2022.

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Vice President, Mission Integration and Support Services of Northern Light Mercy Hospital

Melissa Skahan, MA is the Vice President, Mission Integration and Support Services of Northern Light Mercy Hospital. Melissa is responsible for advancing strategy for vulnerable populations in Greater Portland and promoting Mercy’s mission, vision, and values throughout the organization. Ms. Skahan also is responsible for behavioral health, support services, workforce development, communication and marketing, community health, patient experience, ethics, spiritual care, patient advocacy, Gary’s House, McAuley Residence, and Mercy’s volunteer program. Ms. Skahan serves on Milestone Recovery’s Board of Directors and the United Way of Greater Portland’s Strategic Council. She has her Masters in Organization Development and has studied Ethics at the post-graduate level.

Melissa embraces fully the notion of servant leadership. Whether patient, family, or colleague, she views each encounter as an opportunity.

Melissa’s leadership efforts with the opioid crisis are seen through her direct involvement as the executive director of McAuley Residence and facilitates the Greater Portland Addiction Collaborative (GPAC). Ms. Skahan serves on Milestone Recovery’s Board of Directors and the United Way of Greater Portland’s Strategic Council. She has her Masters in Organization Development and has studied Ethics at the post-graduate level.

Prior to joining Northern Light Health, Melissa worked as a public-school administrator and enjoyed spending time with her three daughters and husband, Pat.

Education

She has her Masters in Organization Development with Leadership concentration and has studied Ethics at the post-graduate level.

Melissa became Vice President, Mission Integration and Support Services of Northern Light Mercy Hospital in 2010. 

Favorite Quote

“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”

― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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Senior Physician Executive, Northern Light Mercy

Dr John Southall, MD, MS is Senior Physician Executive for Northern Light Mercy Hospital.

Dr. Southall is passionate about bringing quality healthcare with value to the patients of the greater Portland area. 

Diplomate American Board of Emergency Medicine, Fellow American College of Emergency Physicians, Board Member Rippleffect NPO

Education

BA: Colby College
MD: College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
Master of Healthcare Delivery Science: Tuck School of Business and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy, Dartmouth College
McAfee Fellow Daniel Hanley Center for Physician Leadership
NL Mercy Chief of Emergency Medicine in 2006, aVP of Hospital Based Medicine 2018, VP & SPE in 2020

Favorite Quote

"Above all else, caring." Sister Catherine McAuley

 

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Senior Vice President Northern Light Health and President of Northern Light Mercy Hospital

Charlie-Head-Shot-small-(1).jpgCharlie Therrien is the senior vice president of Northern Light Health and president of Northern Light Mercy Hospital.

As a leader in Northern Light Health and at Mercy Hospital, Charlie is responsible for oversight of the strategic and operational performance of the hospital.

Charlie brings passion and a keen focus on patient safety, and staff and community engagement.

He is a dedicated supporter of the United Way, and is also active in issues addressing diversity, equity and inclusion at Mercy Hospital and in the communities served by Mercy.

Prior to joining Northern Light Health, Charlie was President of Maine Coast Hospital.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Finance and Quantitative Methods, Babson College

Charlie became the President of Mercy of in 2016.

 

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