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Copley Hospital Board Makes Plans for CEO Search

March 27, 2019

The Copley Hospital Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of President & CEO Art Mathisen.  Mathisen announced last week of his plans to leave Copley after three years of service to pursue a new career as the President of Memorial Hospital in North Conway, New Hampshire, a member of MaineHealth.  Chair of Copley’s Board of Trustees, Carl Szlachetka expressed appreciation for Mathisen’s service to Copley, stating, “Art has been a passionate advocate for Copley and our community and we are grateful for his leadership and dedication.”

The Board is working to implement an interim plan, while conducting a national search for Mathisen’s successor, with the goal of ensuring a smooth transition in leadership.

Mathisen noted that while the decision has been difficult, he feels comfortable leaving stating, “Copley has a great leadership team at all levels and a dedicated board that will continue to move Copley in the right direction. The staff’s dedication to patients, the community and each other is top notch. I know that they will continue to do great things at Copley and support the next CEO with the same vigor and enthusiasm they have provided me.”

During his tenure at Copley, Mathisen has been instrumental in bringing about numerous upgrades to the facility, including the James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center, expansion of the Oncology/Infusion Center and a number of other smaller renovations to improve patient care and patient access.  Under his leadership, Copley has welcomed a number of qualified medical staff including orthopedic foot and ankle specialist Bryan Monier, MD, orthopedic surgeon Nicholas Antell, MD, general surgeon Courtney Olmsted, MD and Emergency Department physician Marty Linseisen, MD.  As well, he has helped grow Copley’s recruitment process welcoming a number of clinical specialists and non-clinical staff.  Under Art’s leadership he developed a Co-CMO (Chief Medical Officer) program splitting the responsibilities of the position, with Dr. Donald Dupuis taking primarily a clinical focus with Dr. Adam Kunin focusing on governance and policy – a program that has proven to be a great success for Copley.

Art has also lead the implementation of a number of innovative programs including a program to help reduce the number of re-admissions in the Emergency Department by adding a social worker, the antibiotic stewardship, and prescription medication drop off.   His leadership has helped develop better communication and stronger relationships with our healthcare partners.

“Art has worked hard to provide stability for staff while maintaining our commitment to our patients, community and future of Copley Hospital.  We wish him continued success in his new position.” said Szlachetka.