Northern Light Health names medical center’s new president

Date: 11/18/2019

Northern Light Health is pleased to announce that Rand O’Leary, MSA, FACHE will become Eastern Maine Medical Center’s next president. In this role, O’Leary will also serve as a Northern Light Health senior vice president.

O’Leary was selected as president following a national search, during which several candidates from various backgrounds were interviewed. The selection process was in-depth and guided by a search committee chaired by Lynne Spooner, chair of the EMMC Board of Trustees. Over 100 stakeholders participated in interviewing the finalists, including providers and front-line staff – nurses, medical group members, food and nutrition services, compliance, facilities, and marketing and communications. Others who participated were members of the community, Northern Light Health boards and Leadership Council, and medical center vice presidents, directors, and managers.

In making the announcement, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, Northern Light Health president and chief executive officer, said O’Leary will bring a talent and energy to both the medical center and the system. “Rand is a dynamic leader.  He has a strong background in leading organizations of similar complexity to Eastern Maine Medical Center which will allow us to benefit from his past experiences from day one of his joining Northern Light Health. Rand joins a very strong leadership team at the system and the Medical Center and I’m confident we’ll continue to see the positive results we have realized in the last several months regarding physician and employee engagement, building relationships that allow us to deliver on our mission, and our dedicated focus on quality and accessibility.”

O’Leary was intrigued by the president job at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for a variety of reasons. He cites the direction the system is moving in and the pride that is evident here among staff and community. “There is an outstanding medical staff and they are doing very good work. I look forward to advancing a strong focus on quality and safety and to fostering a high level of engagement with nurses, providers, staff, boards, and the communities we serve. I believe in integrated health delivery systems and know firsthand the value working together brings in delivering community-based care.

O’Leary is also attracted to Maine’s changing seasons. “My wife, Sandy, and I were born and raised in Michigan, so we are used to cold and snow. We love the outdoors no matter what the weather and we are thrilled to be coming to Maine and exploring all the state has to offer. It already feels like home.”

With more than 20 years at the helm of healthcare operations, O’Leary is highly skilled in business development, financial sustainability, patient experience, and team leadership. He was most recently the chief executive for Peace Health Oregon Network. He has a strong background in advancing quality and safety with a successful record in improving both. Before Peace Health, O’Leary was senior vice president and chief operating officer at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, and Borgess Health Alliance in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

O’Leary will report directly to Tim Dentry, Northern Light Health senior vice president and chief operating officer. Dentry has served as the interim president at Eastern Maine Medical Center since March 2019 and he will work closely with O’Leary to assure a continuity of leadership during the transition. 

O’Leary and his wife have three grown children, two sons and a daughter, and three grandchildren who are living in the United Kingdom with their parents. He assumes his new role on December 9, 2019.