Bassett Announces New President

March 1, 2014

After an extensive national search that began nearly a year ago, Dr. Thomas Q. Morris, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bassett Medical Center, announces the appointment of Vance M. Brown, M.D. as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bassett Healthcare Network and Bassett Medical Center, effective July 1, 2014.

“Since the time that Dr. William F. Streck announced he would be retiring, Bassett’s Board of Trustees has been preparing for the transition in leadership of the Bassett system,” notes Dr. Morris. “Finding a successor to Dr. Streck, whose vision and leadership have shaped the growth and development of Bassett for the past 30 years, was not easy. However, we believe we have found a strong leader who can further advance Bassett’s mission of providing high quality care in a challenging health care environment. We are delighted that Dr. Brown will be joining the organization.”

Dr. Brown comes to Bassett from MaineHealth in Portland, Maine, where he has been Chief Medical Officer since 2008. MaineHealth is the largest integrated health system in the three northern New England states with eight member hospitals, three affiliated hospitals and annual revenue of approximately $2 billion.

As CMO at MaineHealth, Dr. Brown has been responsible for all medical issues at the corporate health system level. These have included clinical strategic planning, integration initiatives, and clinical quality and safety improvement across the spectrum of care for the health system. He was also senior medical officer for MMC Physician Hospital Organization with 1,100 physicians. Prior to returning to his native state of Maine, Dr. Brown served as the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

“It is a privilege to be asked to join the Bassett team,” said Dr. Brown. “The organization is highly regarded as a leader in health system integration and in rural health care delivery, and I look forward to working with the employees, physicians and community to continue building on that reputation and assuring a strong future for the organization.”

Dr. Brown received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and then obtained his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He completed his postgraduate residency training in Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina Hospitals where he was appointed Chief Resident his final year. Dr. Brown also completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, CT and did additional residency training in Emergency Medicine at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Brown is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and also in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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