Leadership Changes at Northern Light Hospitals
Long-time Northern Light Inland Hospital president retiring; new leadership changes planned
John Dalton, president, Northern Light Inland Hospital, and vice president, Northern Light Health is retiring after 14 years leading the 48-bed community hospital and 105-bed continuing care center in Waterville. During his tenure at Inland, the hospital received national recognition for quality and safety, including straight As in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, LeapFrog Top Rural Hospital award for two years, and Lakewood’s 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“It is an understatement to say that it has been my great privilege to work with everyone at Northern Light Health and to serve the greater Waterville area over the past 14 years. I am very proud of the staff and providers of Northern Light Inland Hospital and Northern Light Continuing Care, Lakewood - from the quality of care they deliver every day, to the way they treat each person as if they were a member of their own family - they are what makes Inland and Lakewood special,” said Dalton.
Dalton’s last day will be March 6, 2020. Although he is retiring, he will remain active in the Waterville community, where he has been involved with several community organizations.
“We will miss John’s thoughtful and enthusiastic leadership in our organization, as well as his witty nature and common-sense approach to complex matters. But we know he and his wife, Jackie, are eager to spend more time with their grandchildren and travel more across the globe,” explained Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO, Northern Light Health.
Although Dalton’s retirement leaves a significant void, Northern Light Health is fortunate to have some talented leaders ready to assume new leadership roles. Terri Vieira, MHA, FACHE, president, Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital and Northern Light CA Dean Hospital, will assume the presidency at Inland. As a result, Vieira will leave her post at CA Dean. Marie Vienneau, FACHE, president of Northern Light Mayo Hospital, will replace Vieira as president of CA Dean.
Vieira, who has been at Northern Light Health for more than 19 years, said she is excited about the opportunities that lay ahead for both hospitals she will be leading. “Rural healthcare delivery is rapidly changing — for the better. I am fortunate to be working for a healthcare system that is passionate about ensuring access to critical healthcare services remains close to home for all Maine communities,” said Vieira.
Before coming to Northern Light Health, Vieira worked in several hospitals in New England, including Newton-Wellesley and Somerville hospitals in Massachusetts, and Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She has her Master of Health Administration and Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from St. Joseph’s College in Standish. Vieira also serves as a board member for the Maine Hospital Association and received her Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) in 2015.
Marie Vienneau is a Maine native who began her career in healthcare as an operating room nurse at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. She served for 23 years in executive roles at Millinocket Regional Hospital, including 11 years as CEO and chief nursing officer. She has served as president and CEO at Mayo Hospital since 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Maine in Orono and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“CA Dean and Mayo Hospitals have much in common being critical access hospitals serving patients in rural Piscataquis County, and we already work collaboratively together on some shared services including OB/GYN and podiatry,” explained Vienneau. “It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve these two excellent institutions.”
Both Mayo Hospital and CA Dean Hospital are strategically organized and geographically well located to serve patients in Piscataquis County in much the same say that Inland and Sebasticook Valley Hospital complement each other to serve patients in central Maine. Vieira and Vienneau will work closely together as they gradually transition into their new roles in the coming weeks.