Memorial Hospital taps communications leader with experience in New Hampshire, higher education

December 19, 2019

North Conway, N.H. – Memorial Hospital announced today that it has appointed an experienced communications professional with a history in New Hampshire to be its next director of communications and public affairs.

Timothy L. Kershner, who has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, will be joining Memorial Hospital as its new director of communications and public affairs on Jan. 20.

Kershner’s experience as a communications leader dates to 1999 when he joined Alvernia College in Reading, Penn., as communications director. Since that time, he has worked in higher education as a communications and marketing professional in roles with increasing responsibility, including five years spent at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H., from 2010 – 2015.

Kershner is currently director of strategic communications at Penn State University in Altoona, Penn.

“In Tim we get someone who knows New Hampshire – he and his wife maintain a home here – as well as someone experienced in marketing, community relations and internal/corporate communications. I am confident he will be an effective spokesperson for our organization as we pursue our vision and mission on behalf of the Mount Washington Valley community,” said Art Mathisen, president of Memorial Hospital.

Kershner replaces Kathy Bennett who left Memorial Hospital earlier this year to pursue a career as an independent marketing and communications consultant.

In his new role, Kershner will be responsible for external and internal communications, making sure patients, employees and the broader community are aware of the work done every day at Memorial Hospital on behalf of the Mount Washington Valley community.

“Memorial Hospital is an organization that has long delivered great care, and coming here to tell that story and keep the organization connected to its patients and the larger community is a tremendous opportunity,” said Kershner. “With the backing of MaineHealth, the region’s premier health system, the future is very bright here, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women's health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

About MaineHealth:
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies and more than 1,500 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization. With more than 19,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth Affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. It is also a significant stakeholder in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.