Acadia Hospital President to Step Down

Date: 01/09/2023

Scott Oxley to step down as Northern Light Acadia Hospital President

Brewer, Maine (January 9, 2023) — Timothy Dentry, president and CEO of Northern Light Health has announced that Scott Oxley, MBA, president of Northern Light Acadia Hospital and senior vice president of Northern Light Health, will be stepping down from that position on May 1, 2023.
Oxley has been with Northern Light Health for 30 years, serving as vice president of Finance, and president of the former Affiliated Healthcare Systems before stepping up to Acadia Hospital president in 2017.
Dentry called Oxley a tireless advocate for Acadia Hospital, its employees, patients, and the hospital’s role in the community. “Scott’s legacy will be his work to improve access to behavioral health services for Maine’s most vulnerable population and making sure our amazing staff felt supported and cared for.”
During his tenure, Oxley met regularly with city, county, state, and federal leaders, civic organizations, and became a regular contributor at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Hot Stove sessions, keeping the needs of behavioral healthcare front and center with policy makers and others. He is also a member of the Community Health Leadership Board (CHLB), which advocates for health needs in the Bangor region through the unique voices of partner organizations such as Community Health and Counseling Services, PCHC, St. Joseph Hospital, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, and the City of Bangor. Scott states that he has enjoyed his tenure at Northern Light Health and is grateful for the many opportunities he has had through the years. “I will be forever grateful for my time working with so many wonderful people over three decades, and I am pleased to be able to have another career before I retire,” Scott said.
“When Scott took the reins at Acadia Hospital, we knew immediately that he was the perfect person for the job,” states Kara Hay, chair of Acadia’s Board of Trustees. “Through the years, he has consistently demonstrated a tireless work ethic, deep commitment to his team and a steadfast commitment to improving access to behavioral health services. Combine those traits with genuine compassion, a warm, rich sense of humor, and a strong desire to always do the right thing, and it’s understandable why he will be sorely missed by all those he has touched during his tenure with Northern Light Health. We will miss him and wish him much success in this next stage of his life and career.”
Upon leaving Acadia Hospital in the spring, Scott will become president of the Galen Cole Family Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on helping Maine people attain their fullest potential. Having long served as a trustee for that organization, Scott said its mission and his fondness for the Cole family made this opportunity the right one for him at this point in his career.

Dentry said Northern Light Health will launch a search for Acadia Hospital’s next president and will seek guidance and input from Northern Light Acadia Board members, Acadia providers, and staff throughout the selection process.