Steven M. Berkowitz Appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive

Date: 08/07/2018

Northern Light Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven M. Berkowitz, MD, FACC to the position of senior vice president and chief physician executive. 

In making the announcement, Michelle Hood, president and CEO of EMHS said Dr. Berkowitz was selected from a national search process which brought forward several excellent candidates. She also pointed out that Dr. Berkowitz has been at Northern Light Health on an interim basis for the past 18 months and is well-known as an extraordinary member of the system’s senior team. “Steve’s exceptional qualities and rich experiences in the areas of medical group formation and management, population health and managed care, as well as quality and patient safety make him extremely well qualified for this position. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him,” said Hood. 

As interim chief physician executive, Dr. Berkowitz worked closely with medical leadership at the system’s nine hospitals which has more than 750 members. “I am beyond thrilled to be able to remain at Northern Light Health in a permanent position. In the year and a half that I’ve been here on an interim basis I found in Northern Light Health a healthcare organization that is dedicated to delivering quality and safe care and have met caregivers who are among the best I’ve worked with. I’ve also found Mainers to be warm and welcoming and I am so pleased to now call Maine home.”

Before arriving at EMHS in January 2017, Dr. Berkowitz served as chief medical officer of St. David’s Healthcare in Austin, Texas, which earned the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. He was also chairman of the board of Capital Area Providers, a 5.01-(a) Texas medical foundation with more than 800 participating physicians, national practice leader for physician services with HayGroup, and a senior executive for Harris Methodist Health System serving as medical director of their HMO and chief medical officer for the integrated delivery system. He is also a prominent national speaker and writer.

Dr. Berkowitz is board certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He also has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare management and consulting, and is the founder of SMB Health Consulting, which specializes in clinical and operational performance improvement for health delivery systems, as well as leadership development for physicians, administrators, and boards. He lives in Brewer with his wife, Tina. Together they have four adult children.