SMHC Leadership

SMHC 2018 Board of Trustees

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


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.


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.