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New President Joins Northern Light Health

Rand-OLeary.jpgTogether, we welcome our new president of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, Rand O’Leary, FACHE. Rand was chosen from a competitive pool of candidates as part of a national search process that included interviews with more than 100 providers, nurses, staff, leaders, board and community members.

“You really get a feel for an organization when you walk through the front door,” Rand shares. “Right from the beginning, I saw a team that was very engaged and enthusiastic about the work they were doing. I could feel their passion and commitment for taking care of patients and advancing safe, quality care for our communities.”

Rand brings with him a perspective shaped by 20 years of executive healthcare leadership and an early career that created a deeply-rooted appreciation for the tremendous teamwork that goes into caring for our patients. “I started as a night custodian at my local hospital. I also served as an orderly and a clerk and worked in our Food Services department. In each of these positions, I had the opportunity to impact the experience for our patients in a different way,” Rand says. “That sticks with me, even still today. I’m reminded that each opportunity or decision I consider as a leader directly connects to our staff’s ability to fulfill their passion and deliver on our mission.”

Through his role as an emergency medical technician, Rand also understands how external environments are connected to our work in healthcare. “In whatever setting we’re seeing a patient in, whether that be primary care, the Emergency Department, or an inpatient setting, so many external factors have led them to that point,” he remarks. “Social determinants of health, such as the availability of healthy food, mental health services, and safe housing, all influence the overall health of our communities.” As the major healthcare provider in our area, Rand believes we have an obligation to lead conversations around creating healthy communities outside the walls of our organization, and he’s excited to engage board and community members in this work.

What’s on tap for Rand’s first few weeks with the medical center? “A lot of listening,” he says. “Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center isn’t just an organization, it’s more than 4,000 people dedicated to making healthcare work for our region every day, and I can’t wait to meet them! I am eager to hear about the work we’re advancing currently and to understand how I can add energy and excitement to those efforts.”