Memorial Hospital selects Vermont hospital executive to be its new president

March 21, 2019

Art R. MathisenContact: Kathy Bennett
603-356-5461 x2198 

North Conway, N.H. - Memorial Hospital has chosen as its next president the leader of a hospital in Vermont with extensive experience as a health care executive in the Army and at community hospitals.

Arthur R. Mathisen, FACHE, has been the president and chief executive at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, Vermont, for the past three years. He joins Memorial Hospital as president, replacing Scott McKinnon, who retired last fall.

“Our board was both unanimous and enthusiastic about Arthur Mathisen as someone who can lead the organization at a time when health care itself is changing rapidly,” said Mary DeVeau, chair of both the Memorial Board of Trustees and its president search committee.

Mathisen’s current role has him leading a 25-bed community hospital designated as “Critical Access” by the federal government. Memorial is also a Critical Access hospital serving a rural community.
“Art knows firsthand the challenges our smaller, rural hospital systems face in this environment,” said Rich Petersen, president of MaineHealth, the hospital system of which Memorial is a member. “His background should position him well to lead Memorial as it delivers great care through an integrated health system and pursues our shared MaineHealth vision of “Working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.”

Born in Portland, Maine, and raised in Bangor, Maine, as the oldest of six brothers, Mathisen attended the University of Southern Maine for two years before enlisting in the Army as an infantryman. He later entered the ROTC training program at the University of Maine in Orono and upon graduation was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.

Mathisen earned his master’s in health care administration from Baylor University in 2006, and over his 18 years as an Army officer, he held several Medical Service Corps posts with growing responsibility, culminating with his role as chief operating officer of Munson Army Health Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After retiring from the military in 2013, he held hospital executive roles first in Virginia and later at Copley Hospital in Vermont, joining as chief operating officer in 2015 and becoming its president and CEO in May 2016.

“Memorial Hospital and the Mount Washington Valley present an ideal opportunity for my family and me,” said Mathisen. “I have a passion for the mission of providing great care to rural communities. As a member of MaineHealth, Memorial is well positioned to leverage the resources and expertise of a leading health care system and provide care that is close to home and community-based.”

Mathisen said his first priority as president would be recruitment of physicians and other providers, which can be challenging for rural hospitals, but it’s a task he’s comfortable taking on given Memorial’s advantages. “The chance to come live in this amazing place and be a part of this great team with the resources of a world-class health system behind you is one I think will prove attractive,” he said.

Mathisen will begin his duties in the next several months.