Acadia names new VP of Nursing, Patient Care Services
Angela Macera, BSN, RN, MBA, has recently joined Northern Light Acadia Hospital as its interim vice president of Nursing and Patient Care services. The role was previously held by Wayne Steller, PMHNP-BC, who successfully led Acadia in this executive leadership position since June of 2013 and has recently accepted a new position as Acadia’s first hospitalist.
Ms. Macera comes to the Bangor-based psychiatric hospital with more than 30 years of nursing experience, including clinical and administrative roles at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatric Academy and brings a wealth of experience managing inpatient behavioral health units—pediatric and adult—through effective mentoring, strategizing, and in working collaboratively with teams to enhance clinical quality and patient care.
Nurses—including psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners—are an integral component of Acadia’s interdisciplinary treatment teams for behavioral health and substance abuse care. “The role of nursing is at the heart of the patient experience,” says Scott Oxley, MBA, senior vice president of Northern Light Health and president of Northern Light Acadia Hospital. “Angela is a thoughtful, strong leader who has already earned praise from our nursing team,” Oxley continues. “With her leadership, we’re strengthening our program to be sure our nurses receive an exceptional orientation experience upon their arrival to Acadia, have the proper support to maintain core competencies, and are provided opportunities to grow in their career. If we better support our nurses, they are then able to better support our patients.”
“There is a culture of clinical excellence here at Acadia and a clear passion for their patients,” shares Ms. Macera of Acadia’s nursing staff. “As I begin my time here, listening to staff and understanding the culture, I look forward to working with the nursing teams to provide training and development opportunities, and work together on our vision for the future of behavioral healthcare in Maine.”