SMHC 2019 Local Board

At their annual meeting on October 24, 2018, the Corporators of MaineHealth gave their approval to a plan to unify our Maine-based local health systems under a single Board of Trustees effective January 1, 2019. Unification puts the strength of the entire MaineHealth system behind our efforts in each and every community to ensure the delivery of integrated, high-quality, well-coordinated care.

A key tenet of the unification plan is maintaining Local Boards that will oversee the care delivered in our communities and provide local input into decision-making. Local Boards are organized as committees of the MaineHealth Board and have an important role in our community, participating in quality oversight, oversight of local medical staffs, planning, budgeting and the hiring of key executives, local fundraising initiatives, among other duties.

The following individuals (pictured above) have been elected to the Southern Maine Health Care Board:

Standing, from left: Steve Buck; Mary O’Hare, MD; Peter Manning, MD, (Secretary); Robert Bauman; William Caron, CEO 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

Not pictured: Jeff Sanders, President, Maine Medical Center

SMHC Senior Leadership

Nate Howell

Howell leadership
Mr. Howell joined the organization in 2018. He 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
Chief Operating Officer

Aprile leadership
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
Chief Financial Officer

Olsen leadership
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
Chief Medical Officer

Albaum leadership
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
Chief Nursing Officer

Salamone leadership
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
Vice President, Strategic Development

Keiler leadership
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.

Nate Wilson, MD
Vice President, Quality

Wilson leadership
Dr. Wilson began his healthcare career in 1986 when he opened a private Internal Medicine practice in Kennebunk. He was a founder and Vice President of the Board of Directors for PrimeCare Physician Services, which merged with Southern Maine Health Care in 1995. While continuing to treat patients, Wilson served as Chief of Medicine from 1988 to 1993. He was named Director of Quality in 2008 and became Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety in 2010. Dr. Wilson graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Wilson serves on the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization (MHACO) board of directors and is co-chair of the MHACO Value Oversight Committee. He also is a member of the board of directors for Hospice of Southern Maine.