Skip to main content

Memorial Hospital selects Vermont hospital executive to be its new president

March 21, 2019

Art R. MathisenContact: Kathy Bennett
603-356-5461 x2198 

North Conway, N.H. - Memorial Hospital has chosen as its next president the leader of a hospital in Vermont with extensive experience as a health care executive in the Army and at community hospitals.

Arthur R. Mathisen, FACHE, has been the president and chief executive at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, Vermont, for the past three years. He joins Memorial Hospital as president, replacing Scott McKinnon, who retired last fall.

“Our board was both unanimous and enthusiastic about Arthur Mathisen as someone who can lead the organization at a time when health care itself is changing rapidly,” said Mary DeVeau, chair of both the Memorial Board of Trustees and its president search committee.

Mathisen’s current role has him leading a 25-bed community hospital designated as “Critical Access” by the federal government. Memorial is also a Critical Access hospital serving a rural community.
“Art knows firsthand the challenges our smaller, rural hospital systems face in this environment,” said Rich Petersen, president of MaineHealth, the hospital system of which Memorial is a member. “His background should position him well to lead Memorial as it delivers great care through an integrated health system and pursues our shared MaineHealth vision of “Working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.”

Born in Portland, Maine, and raised in Bangor, Maine, as the oldest of six brothers, Mathisen attended the University of Southern Maine for two years before enlisting in the Army as an infantryman. He later entered the ROTC training program at the University of Maine in Orono and upon graduation was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.

Mathisen earned his master’s in health care administration from Baylor University in 2006, and over his 18 years as an Army officer, he held several Medical Service Corps posts with growing responsibility, culminating with his role as chief operating officer of Munson Army Health Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After retiring from the military in 2013, he held hospital executive roles first in Virginia and later at Copley Hospital in Vermont, joining as chief operating officer in 2015 and becoming its president and CEO in May 2016.

“Memorial Hospital and the Mount Washington Valley present an ideal opportunity for my family and me,” said Mathisen. “I have a passion for the mission of providing great care to rural communities. As a member of MaineHealth, Memorial is well positioned to leverage the resources and expertise of a leading health care system and provide care that is close to home and community-based.”

Mathisen said his first priority as president would be recruitment of physicians and other providers, which can be challenging for rural hospitals, but it’s a task he’s comfortable taking on given Memorial’s advantages. “The chance to come live in this amazing place and be a part of this great team with the resources of a world-class health system behind you is one I think will prove attractive,” he said.

Mathisen will begin his duties in the next several months.


News from Around MaineHealth

View All
Memorial Hospital Reminds Parents to Check Children's Immunization Status
Dr. Wenda Saunders, a pediatrician at Memorial Hospital’s Mt. Washington Rural Health Care is encouraging families to get caught up with immunizations.
Memorial Hospital Adds Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing
Appointments are required for patients without COVID-19 symptoms who would like to be tested.
Memorial Hospital Recognizes Employees and Medical Staff with Annual Awards
Memorial Hospital hosted virtual and socially distant awards ceremonies to honor an Employee of the Year, present a Teamwork Award and recognize staff members for their years of service.
Memorial Hospital Adjusts Visitor Limits
Memorial Hospital has updated its visitor policy, allowing some additional visitors while continuing to focus on patient and staff safety.
Memorial Golf Tournament Tees Up, Addresses Safety Concerns
Golfers usually measure distances in hundreds of yards. When Memorial Hospital hosts its 40th Annual Golf Tournament on July 16, six-feet will be the most important distance to remember.
Credit rating agencies reaffirm strength of MaineHealth
Two credit rating agencies continued to give northern New England’s largest health system high marks for its financial strength even though the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant financial impact.
MaineHealth Receives Over $800,000 in Federal Funding for Telehealth Program
FCC awarded MaineHealth for costs associated with rapidly expanding the health system’s telehealth infrastructure and technology in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
40th Annual Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament Is a Go
Proceeds will support Memorial Hospital’s new Medical Assistant program.
Memorial Hospital Announces Healthcare Scholarships
Students studying biology, human development, osteopathic medicine, nursing and athletic training are among the recipients of scholarships from Memorial Hospital’s annual scholarship funds.
MaineHealth and Memorial Hospital establish safety protocols and sets priorities for bringing back some services amid COVID-19
Universal masking, screening and testing protocols are already in place as the health care system brings back surgeries and other procedures for those patients for whom waiting could have medical consequences.