Michael D. Lee Named New President of Weeks Medical Center
June 29th, 2016
New President Will Join the Hospital in September
Lancaster, NH: Weeks Medical Center and North Country Healthcare are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael D. Lee as the new president of Weeks Medical Center. Lee will assume leadership of the 25-bed critical access hospital and its four physicians office locations in September 2016. Lee will replace CEO Scott Howe, who is retiring.
Lee comes to Weeks with experience in healthcare strategic planning and management, budget creation, financial analysis, teambuilding, customer service, and quality assurance. Since 2012 he has served as chief human resource officer and other interim roles for Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake, NY.
As president, Lee will manage the day-to-day operations of Weeks Medical Center and its more than 300 employees based at five locations in Lancaster, Groveton, North Stratford, and Whitefield, New Hampshire. He will be responsible for ensuring patient care and maintaining the financial integrity of the hospital. Lee will report to the Weeks board of directors as well as to Warren West, CEO of North Country Healthcare.
“Michael’s wealth of experience in the healthcare industry, with physician recruitment, and in operational management will make him a great addition to Weeks Medical Center and to the new North Country Healthcare affiliation of hospitals,” said West. “Michael will play a key leadership role in maintaining high-quality healthcare in the North Country and help us build a new clinically integrated health system. We are very fortunate to find someone of Michael’s caliber to continue and expand Week’s legacy of quality healthcare and commitment to community.”
Lee has a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a master’s of business administration degree from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. He also has held positions as executive director of and administrator of St. Andrews Village retirement community, interim chief executive officer of Sebasticook Family Doctors, and director of human resources and administration and interim executive director at Mid-Coast Mental Health Center (Pen Bay Healthcare), all in Maine.
“I have spent nearly 30 years dedicated to community health and am very excited to work with the Weeks and North Country Healthcare teams to coordinate services and care delivery in the North Country,” said Lee. “The unique model will strengthen healthcare delivery that currently exists in the region. I am very impressed with the expertise, compassion, enthusiasm, and commitment of the Weeks staff and board of directors and I look forward to joining them. I also look forward to representing Weeks on the North Country Healthcare president’s counsel and working closely with Warren West.”
Stan Holz, chairman of the Weeks board of directors said in a statement to staff announcing Lee’s appointment: “We are confident that Michael will provide the leadership for Weeks Medical Center to meet the future challenges in healthcare and continue the exceptional leadership provided by Scott Howe during his 21-year tenure. The input of the Weeks medical and support staff was invaluable in selecting Michael as our new president and we all welcome him to our community.”
For more information about Weeks Medical Center, please visit WeeksMedical.org. For media inquires, please contact Irene Nadeau at 603-788-5050 or Irene.Nadeau@weeksmedical.org.
Weeks Medical Center is a member of North Country Healthcare, an affiliation of four hospitals serving northern New Hampshire (Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Littleton Regional Healthcare, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, and Weeks Medical Center). North Country Healthcare’s mission is to develop a highly coordinated healthcare network that will improve quality, increase efficiencies, and lower the cost of healthcare delivery in the region. NorthCountryHealthcare.org