Chief physician executive to leave Northern Light Health

Date: 11/20/2019

M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO of Northern Light Health, announced today that Steven M. Berkowitz, MD, FACC is stepping down as senior vice president and chief physician executive at Northern Light Health. 

In making the announcement, Hood said. “Steve brought exceptional qualities and experiences in the areas of clinical and operational performance, population health and managed care, and quality and safety. His vision, thoughtful discussion and sense of humor will be missed.”

Dr. Berkowitz, who is originally from the southwest, will be relocating to Arizona to be closer to his elderly parents. “It will be great to be closer to my family and to be able to better help my folks; however, the decision to leave Northern Light was not an easy one. My wife and I have family in Maine, and we will continue to maintain a home here. I personally have a vested interest in Maine healthcare and will continue to help out wherever I can.”

Berkowitz came to Northern Light Health on an interim basis for 18 months before accepting a permanent position in July of 2018. As an integral member of the team responsible for establishing a statewide physician medical group, he worked closely with leaders at the system’s nine hospitals to establish policies and protocols. He will remain on the job until early in the new year.

Prior to his arrival in Maine, 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 and will be continuing that work along with his health care consulting company in Arizona.