SOUTH PORTLAND and WESTBROOK — Maine Behavioral Healthcare announced July 25 that it has appointed an experienced health care communications professional to the role of director of communications and public affairs.

Nadine Grosso, who for more than 20 years has been vice president and director of communications at the Maine Health Care Association, will be joining MBH Aug. 22 as director of communications and public affairs.

Grosso joins Maine Behavioral Health after serving as the communications leader of an organization that represents more than 200 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Maine, a role she has had since 2000.

“Nadine’s experience aligns well with our mission at MBH,” said Kelly Barton, MBH president. “She knows what it is like to advocate for vulnerable populations on behalf of a health care provider.”

Prior to her current role, Grosso worked as director of public relations for the Health Care Association of New Jersey and before that was program director of the Cherry Hill (N.J.) Municipal Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She started her career as a public relations assistant at a community hospital in Pennsylvania.

“Serving the communications needs of Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s patients and care team members provides me with an opportunity to continue work on behalf of those in our community who depend on dedicated health care professionals for their well being,” said Grosso. “The MBH mission matters and is even more vital as our communities emerge from the public health emergency. This is a chance to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Grosso replaces Marc Glass, who left MBH earlier this year to lead communication efforts at the Mitchell Institute in Augusta.

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