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We Are Changemakers

Message from the president & CEO
All around us in today’s world are people who challenge the status quo and aim to do more. History remembers those who have created changes that make our world a better place. Where would we be today if Alexander Graham Bell hadn't invented the telephone? Or, Thomas Edison didn't find a way to harness electricity to make light? Or, Marie Curie didn't discover the radioactive compounds that would lead to the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer?

Of course, not all change is so grand, and not all changemakers are so iconic, but even small changes over time make a big difference. Here at Northern Light Health, among our thousands of dedicated employees, valued patients, generous donors, and committed community partners, we are grateful to have changemakers who work every day to improve the lives of  people across our great state. In our 2019 Annual Report, we will introduce you to some of these changemakers. They are improving their communities, their workplaces, and themselves. They are finding better ways to treat people with Alzheimer’s disease. They are taking on extraordinary physical challenges to further cancer research. And, they are looking to make meaningful changes to how patients are cared for during their stays in our hospitals and healthcare facilities. At Northern Light Health, our purpose is to make healthcare work for you, and one way that we are doing that is by raising quality through innovation, teamwork, and efficiency. You will see examples of this throughout the pages of this year's report. I am truly inspired by the great work that is happening here, and I know you will be inspired too. 

M. Michelle Hood, FACHE
President and CEO, Northern Light Health


Message from the Board Chair
Ordinarily, Michelle and I co-author the introductory letter to our annual report, but this year, I felt it was important to add a few additional thoughts of my own.  This will be the final annual report of Michelle's 14-year tenure with Northern Light Health as she is moving on to an exciting new opportunity with the American Hospital Association to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer. I think it is fitting that the theme of this year's report is changemakers because Michelle has been a positive agent of change for our healthcare system. During her time as CEO, Northern Light Health has grown from a loosely organized confederation of hospitals to an integrated healthcare system that is poised to serve people across Maine for generations to come. I speak on behalf of our Board of Directors when I congratulate Michelle on her exciting new opportunity. She can feel proud of all that she has accomplished for Northern Light Health and the people of Maine.
Barry McCrum
Northern Light Health, Board Chair   

M. Michelle Hood, FACHE
Barry McCrum

Our Stories

We are Hopeful

When Memory Fades: Northern Light Alzheimer’s Research Program

As Bill Doak runs a wooden board under a scroll saw in the woodworking shop behind his home, he pushes too hard, the board jumps, and the saw blade breaks...

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We are Motivated

The Heart of a Friar: Northern Light Cardiovascular Care

As the sun rises over the Franciscan Friars’ monastery on Orcutt Mountain on a warm summer morning, Brother Donald Paul is already heading into a small clapboard outbuilding that houses the friar’s microbrewery.

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We are Helpful

A Speedier Recovery: Rapid Access Treatment

Lester Gilkey knows about the crippling effects of opioid use disorder. The first time he got high, he was just 12 years old.

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We are Supportive

Healing Babies, Empowering Moms: Treating Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Since arriving in Bangor 13 years ago, neonatologist Mark Brown, MD, MSPH, has headed the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and helped develop a comprehensive program for babies born exposed to opioids.

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We are Nurturing

A Careful Touch: Pediatric Home Care

Cecelia Corey gently picks up her four-month-old grandson Fionn from a crib, which sits in the middle of the living room of the Clinton home where she lives with her husband, Jerry. It’s an old Victorian farmhouse with wooden floors.

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We are Proactive

On Solid Footing: Preventing Falls Through CUSP

Patsy Manson, RN, started in healthcare as a medical assistant but wanted more interaction with patients. She went back to school and became a registered nurse and now works in the Medical/Surgical unit at Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital.

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We are Giving

Sail for a Cure: Advancing Cancer Research

Bangor attorney Jeff Silverstein is best known for his passion inside the courtroom, but he’s also passionate about sailing Maine’s coastal waters.

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