Waldo County's Biscone tapped

Pen Bay Healthcare names interim CEO

Mar 07, 2014
Mark Biscone

Rockport — Everett Spear III, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Pen Bay Healthcare, announced Friday, March 7, the appointment of a transitional CEO leader in the wake of Wade Johnson’s decision to resign his post. On behalf of the board, Spear named Mark Biscone, executive director at Waldo County Healthcare, to the interim position beginning Friday, March 14.

Biscone will retain his current role at Waldo during the transition and has been asked to team with Erik Frederick, chief operating officer at Pen Bay, to assure seamless leadership continuity.

Since the announcement of Wade Johnson’s decision to resign as president and CEO the previous week, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has met to discuss a transition plan and transitional leadership for Pen Bay Healthcare, said Spear in a press release. The Executive Committee and the full Board of Trustees discussed the need to have an experienced health care administrator during this transition and to ensure that performance improvement efforts begun over the past several months continue to achieve the results expected by the Board, he said.

Biscone has been the executive director at Waldo County Healthcare for more than 30 years. During his tenure, Waldo County General Hospital grew from a critical access hospital to a health care system providing home health, hospice, in addition to skilled nursing and assisted living care. In 2009, Waldo County General Hospital was one of only three rural hospitals nationwide chosen to receive Leapfrog’s prestigious Top Hospital Award for delivering high quality care while attaining the highest levels of efficiency. Biscone is a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and active in the local community.

“The Board has also begun the work of creating the search committee that will make the selection of Pen Bay Healthcare’s next president and chief executive officer,” Spear said. “I have asked Greg Dufour, current member of the Board of Trustees and president of Camden National Bank, to chair that committee.”

Over the coming weeks, the search committee will discuss and most likely select an experienced consulting firm to assist in the national search for a permanent president and CEO. That search process is expected to take approximately six months.

Pen Bay Healthcare is a not-for-profit family of services that includes Pen Bay Medical Center, a Leapfrog Group 2012 National Top Hospital and the largest community hospital in Midcoast Maine, as well as Pen Bay Physicians & Associates, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, Quarry Hill Retirement Community and the Knox Center for Long Term Care.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 08, 2014 08:24

The cost of health care in all hospitals far exceeds the pocketbooks of local users. I thought the merger of the hospitals took place years ago to lower costs. Please correct me if wrong and set me straight. I thought this merger of Portland to Bangor with all the hospitals in between would lower costs and make for efficient service to the sick and impaired. It would be nice if the people that do the work of caring for the patients-nurses, aids, cleaners, etc.- received more compensation and knock off the high end corporates to reasonable compensation.

Mickey McKeever

Posted by: Alice Newbert | Mar 07, 2014 23:56

Does anyone think in these times of healthcare that we,at PBMC as a small hospital should look into sharing a CEO with another small hospital and share the cost??? I think it's time to open the minds to this way of thinking. Instead we will spend more money hiring an other consulting firm to national look for an another CEO???

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