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April 3, 2014

Bassett to replace longtime president

Dr. Vance M. Brown, a native of Maine, will take over as president and chief executive officer of the Bassett Healthcare Network and Bassett Medical Center this summer, as was announced Thursday by the chairman of the Bassett trustees.

Brown, 56, said he is “extremely pleased” and “humbled” to take the helm of what he called “a fantastic organization.”

“I am very, very happy,” Brown added. “And I look forward to continuing to provide access to high-quality care for the community in a cost-effective fashion. Whatever I can do to help the organization continue in its current direction, I will.”

Brown will replace Dr. William Streck who, after more than 30 years at Bassett, announced his retirement last year. His are big shoes to fill, said Dr. Thomas Q. Morris, the chairman of the Bassett trustees.

“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,” Morris said in a statement. “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.”

Brown said he will proceed as Chief Medical Officer at MaineHealth, which he has led since 2008, until the middle of May. MaineHealth is the largest integrated health system in the three northern New England states, according to information provided by Bassett, and has eight member hospitals, three affiliated hospitals and annual revenue of approximately $2 billion. Before working at MaineHealth, Brown served as the chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

Brown said it is a privilege to be chosen to lead the Bassett team.

“The organization is highly regarded as a leader in health system integration and in rural health care delivery,” Brown said, “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.”

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