SMHC Leadership


SMHC 2018 Board of Trustees

Michael Carroll, MD; Philip Kowash, MD; Cynthia Hall Domine; John Mills; Thomas Zuke, CPA; Robert Bauman; Steve Buck; Gina Quinn-Skillings, MD: Mary O'Hare, MD; Donald Burgess, MD; William Caron, President and CEO of MaineHealth (Ex-officio); Bernard Gaines; Peter Manning, MD (Secretary); George Hissong, Jr. (Chairperson); Nate Howell, CEO of SMHC (Ex-officio); Merilee Perkins (Vice Chairperson); Robert Quentin (Treasurer); Frank Goudreau, DO.


SMHC Executives

Nate Howell
Chief Executive Officer

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Mr. Howell joined the organization as CEO in 2018. Howell has more than 10 years of progressive executive leadership experience in national healthcare systems, most recently serving as President and CEO of North Star Health Alliance and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, New York. He is a graduate of Colby College and received a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. Howell has strong ties to Maine. He was born at the former Goodall Hospital in Sanford and spent many summers at the family’s vacation home in Brunswick. Mr. Howell, his wife, and two children reside in Kennebunkport.


Patsy Aprile
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

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Mrs. Aprile, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has been working in health care for more than 30 years. She joined SMHC as SVP and Chief Operating Officer in 2014, prior to which she had served as President & CEO of Goodall Hospital since 2011 and Goodall’s Chief Operating Officer since 2005. Aprile received her undergraduate degree in Medical Technology from Colby-Sawyer College, and her Certificate in Health Administration and MBA from New Hampshire College. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of York County, MaineHealth Care at Home and Allied Health Resources. Aprile also serves on the ACHE By-Laws Committee, the Sanford Legacy Foundation Campaign Committee, the Health Administration Program Advisory Committee and the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Personal Services & Finance Committee. She has two grown children and resides with her husband Bob in York.


Rick Olsen
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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Mr. Olsen has more than 20 years of experience leading finance and operations in major healthcare and billing organizations. He joined SMHC as SVP & CFO in 2016, prior to which he served as Senior Director of Finance & Operations Management, Corporate Financial Planning for North Shore LIJ Health System. Mr. Olsen earned his bachelor’s degree in Management and International business at New York University and received his MBA in Strategic Healthcare Management at Hofstra University. Mr. Olsen serves on the Board of Directors for NorDx, on the MaineHealth Retirement Plan Committee, the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization Value Oversight Committee, the Maine Hospital Association Healthcare Finance Council, and the Maine Heart Center Board of Directors. He is also a member of the HFMA. Mr. Olsen resides in Biddeford with his wife Ann, a physician in the SMHC Family Medicine practice in Sanford. They have two grown daughters.


Michael Albaum, MD
Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

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Dr. Albaum has over 20 years of health care experience.  He earned his  BS degree in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics from Yale University.  He completed his MD Degree,  Internal Medicine Residency, and Chief Residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  After moving to Maine in 1995 he joined PrimeCare PA Internal Medicine practice in Kennebunk and Biddeford, and became PrimeCare’s Medical Director.   In 2008 when PrimeCare was acquired by Southern Maine Medical Center, he was appointed Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Physician Services for SMMC, and continues in that role following SMMC’s merger with Goodall Hospital to form Southern Maine Health Care.  He resides in Kennebunk with his wife, Tammi Bittler MD (Ob/Gyn), with two sons at home and one at college.


Joanna Salamone, MS, BSN, RN
Senior Vice President Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer

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Ms. Salamone has been a nursing professional for 30 years. She began her career in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center and joined Southern Maine Health Care in 2004. Ms. Salamone earned her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine and her master's degree in Business from Husson College. She is a member of the Organization of Maine Nurse Executives, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Nurses’ Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. Salamone is also a member of the board of directors and chair of the quality board for St. Andre's Healthcare Facility in Biddeford. She lives in Gorham with her husband, Lawrence, has two grown children and two granddaughters.


Sue Hadiaris
Senior Vice President & Chief Planning Officer

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Sue Hadiaris is a marketing, public relations and communications professional with over 40 years of experience. She is responsible for Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC) strategic and business planning, philanthropy, internal and external communications, marketing and growth of SMHC services, and community health needs assessment and related grant programs. Sue joined Southern Maine Health Care in 2000 as Director of Marketing and Communications and was made VP of Marketing and Development when the organization undertook its first capital campaign in 25 years. This successful campaign raised over $8.25 million in support of the Dorothy Walker Bush Emergency Care Pavilion and other major additions to the medical center.  More recently, Sue has been responsible for the strategic communications involved in the merger of Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital, including the naming and rebranding of the healthcare system. Prior to joining SMHC, Sue was AVP of Marketing and Community Relations with Maine Savings Bank and with the York County Child Abuse and Neglect Council. While spending time at home raising her two children, she co-founded with her neighbor Saco Bay Classics, an upscale clothing shop in Saco. Sue earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine, Orono. She and her husband, Leon, are long-time residents of Saco where they are active in the community.  Sue served for years on the Saco School Board, including as chairperson, the Biddeford Free Clinic board and on the board of the United Way of York County, including as chair of the board and of the 2010 United Way Campaign. She currently serves on the boards of the Cancer Care Center of York County and Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, on the Coastal Healthy Communities Advisory Council and as a corporator for Sweetser Services and Hospice of Southern Maine. Sue and her husband have a wonderful, close family including an amazing grandson, who keeps everyone smiling. Together with family and friends, for almost 20 years they have been honored to serve a Christmas Day dinner at Traditions Restaurant for anyone in the community who needs a meal or is alone.


Susan Keiler
Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer

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Ms. Keiler began her career in health care as a clinician before moving into management roles. She joined SMHC in 2016 after leading physician networks and inpatient and outpatient services at St. Mary's Health System in Lewiston for 16 years. Ms. Keiler is responsible for leading SMHC's strategic plans to achieve its financial results and fulfill its vision to make our communities the healthiest in America, improve the patient experience and lower the cost of health care. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in physical therapy and received her master's degree in health administration from the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Keiler is on the Board of Directors for the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging.