New Executive Leader Appointed at Franklin Community Health Network
December 30, 2020
Contact: Jill Gray, Director of Communications, Marketing & Development
207-779-2555 / JGray2@fchn.org
FARMINGTON, Maine – A highly experienced health care executive has been chosen to lead Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN) as its new chief operating officer.
Barbara Sergio, BSN, MSHA, CPHQ, who joined FCHN as senior director of quality and safety in August 2019, will assume responsibility for day-to-day oversight of quality, patient safety, pharmacy, physical rehab, imaging, pulmonology, cardiology, NorthStar Regional Ambulance Service, infection control, occupational health, Healthy Community Coalition and laboratory services at the organization.
Sergio joined FCHN from Colorado where she led quality and safety efforts for Boulder Community Health. She has extensive leadership and management experience across different types of care settings with a track record of success in improving performance on quality and safety indicators.
Sergio started her career as a registered nurse and worked in various clinical settings, including the OR and ICU, before progressing to leadership roles in nursing. She holds a graduate degree in healthcare administration and is a certified professional in health care quality.
“After being on the job for nearly a year, I have identified some leadership role changes that will increase efficiencies as we embark on a new, three-year strategic plan,” said Trampas Hutches, FCHN’s president. “In Barbara we get a highly experienced and effective leader who will help us execute this new course we have charted despite the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Hutches said that plan includes focusing on services such as general surgery, women’s care, orthopedics and other initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of the community. FCHN will also continue to build upon its already robust community health and wellness programming.
About Franklin Community Health Network
Franklin Community Health Network is a nonprofit, integrated network of rural health care providers, created by Franklin Memorial Hospital in 1991. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital, Franklin Health medical practice, Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County, and NorthStar EMS. It is a part of the MaineHealth family.
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of nine local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and more than 1,700 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization. With close to 22,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., Mid Coast-Parkview Health in Brunswick, NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth Affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. It is also a significant stakeholder in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.