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Copley Trustees Announce New CEO

April 12, 2016

Morrisville – The Copley Health Systems, Inc. Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that following a thoughtful national search, they have selected Arthur “Art” Mathisen to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mathisen will take over leadership of the hospital when CEO Melvyn Patashnick retires after serving 30 years in healthcare administration; leading Copley Hospital for the last 10 years. Mathisen is currently Chief Operating Officer at Copley Hospital, having joined Copley in July 2015.

“Art has built strong relationships in his short time as Copley COO and is an inspiring leader,” said Nancy Putnam, chair of the hospital’s search committee and former chair of the board of trustees. “He provides a unique blend of military and private healthcare leadership experience that has resulted in building high-performing teams comfortable with change.”|

Putnam continues, “Given our commitment to the long-term sustainability of our community hospital, it was important to the trustees that we do our due diligence with a national search. We attracted candidates with great depth and breadth of experience, but it was Art’s personal commitment to delivering exceptional care in a rural community hospital setting that made him our CEO. Healthcare reform is quickly evolving and Art is comfortable leading through change.”

“It is a privilege to work with Team Copley in a community I call home,” says Mathisen. “Together we can navigate the challenges ahead, and continue to honor our commitment of providing access to excellent care regardless of the ability to pay. Everything we do is for our patients, community, and the future of our community hospital and healthcare providers in the area.”

Mathisen has more than 16 years of experience in the healthcare administration. Prior to joining Copley, Mathisen had served as COO of two healthcare centers in the military, and in physician practice management. In the private sector, he had been responsible for the multi-specialty physician practices of Bon Secours Medical Group in Virginia. Previously he held senior executive positions at Munson Army Health Center in Kansas, Kirk Army Health Clinic in Maryland, AllGood Army Community Hospital in South Korea, and Weed Army Community Hospital in California.

Mathisen holds a Bachelor of Public Management Degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Health Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has been certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Mathisen lives in Elmore with his wife and three children.  A nationally ranked triathlete, Mathisen has competed in 20 Ironman triathlons and the legendary Hawaii Ironman seven times. He is active in the U.S. Masters swimming program at the Swimming Hole, and the VTXC Nordic Ski Team.