An executive with MaineHealth, the system parent of Western Maine Health, has been appointed chief operating officer of the Norway area health care organization.
Andrea (Andy) Dodge Patstone, currently the MaineHealth senior vice president, system development, will be joining Western Maine Health as its new chief operating officer this spring. WMH includes Stephens Memorial Hospital and other health care providers in the greater Norway area.
Earlier this year, the Board of Trustees of WMH approved the hiring of a COO following the decision to have a shared chief executive officer for WMH and Farmington-based Franklin Community Health Network on a permanent basis. This creates a structure at WMH similar to that already in place with FCHN.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Andy’s caliber joining our team,” said Timothy Churchill, CEO of WMH and FCHN. “Andy was selected from a strong field of applicants, and she brings considerable experience to the role.”
Since joining MaineHealth in 2011, first as vice president of strategic initiatives and later in her current role, Patstone has been in a leadership role helping to build MaineHealth into a fully integrated health system serving the 1.1 million people in its service area. She has played a critical role in the development of a number of important initiatives, including the transition of MaineHealth’s Physician/Hospital Organization to an Accountable Care Organization, building collaborative partnerships among member hospitals and affiliates and supporting MaineHealth member boards’ efforts to shape MaineHealth’s evolving governance and financial structure.
Prior to joining MaineHealth, Patstone was in leadership positions with the Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services. She also worked for several years with Accenture as a consultant specializing in health care. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Yale University and a master of public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
“Having grown up in rural western New York State, I have a passion for rural health care,” Patstone said. “I look forward to ensuring that WMH will thrive as a member of MaineHealth.”
In her new role, Patstone will oversee day-to-day operations at WMH and report directly to Churchill. She will officially begin her duties on April 2.