Timothy Kershner, Director of Communications and Public Affairs
NORTH CONWAY, New Hampshire—Bradley J. Chapman, an experienced community hospital leader from Pennsylvania, has been selected as the next president of Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH.
Chapman most recently served as a hospital executive in Pennsylvania where, over the past six years, he has held several senior administrative positions in the Penn Highlands Healthcare system, including president of Penn Highlands Clearfield, a 40-bed acute care hospital, and Penn Highlands Elk, which, like Memorial Hospital, is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital. Prior to that, he spent five years in executive roles of increasing responsibility at hospitals in New York state, and he began his career in New York as an accountant and auditor.
Chapman holds a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in in accounting, both from Niagara University, Lewiston, N.Y. Additionally, he holds a certificate in Healthcare Leadership from Le Moyne College, in Syracuse, N.Y., and he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Memorial Board of Trustees Chair Michelle O’Donnell said the Memorial Hospital Search Committee was especially excited by Chapman’s varied experience in community hospitals and in integrated hospitals systems.
“Bradley has served individual hospitals and in systems where he helped connect patient care, services, and operations across several hospitals. At all levels he has put patient care and people as his highest priorities,” she said.
In addition, she said, “He and his wife, Jane, are originally from upstate New York. They have an understanding and an appreciation for rural life in the Mt. Washington Valley.”
O’Donnell said the Search Committee was fortunate to have been led by Jackson Police Chief Christopher Perley, vice chair of the Memorial Board.
“He successfully guided the committee – consisting of Memorial trustees, Med Staff, Senior Leaders and leaders from MaineHealth – along with external interviewers including former Memorial trustees, providers, staff and Valley community members. They all did a spectacular job!” she said.
Chapman says he is excited to join Memorial and build on recent success that continue to provide excellent care for patients, residents and the communities Memorial serves.
“It is an exciting time to be a part of Memorial and MaineHealth as we implement the system’s five-year strategic plan," said Chapman. "I look forward to working with the Memorial Board of Trustees, Medical Staff, and all the full Care Team employees to achieve our shared vision of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.”
Chapman was the unanimous choice of the search committee and was unanimously approved by the Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Executive Committee. The MaineHealth Board of Trustees Executive Committee voted similarly.
Chapman, who will begin as Memorial’s president on Jan. 2, said he sees the hospital as well positioned to meet the needs of the community in the years ahead.
“The Mount Washington Valley is blessed to have a hospital with such a skilled and dedicated team behind it, and Memorial’s association with MaineHealth provides resources and expertise vital at a time when delivering care in rural settings can be challenging," said Chapman.
About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, imaging services, cardiopulmonary care, family birthing center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services. Practices include primary care and family medicine, diabetes care, behavioral health, women's health, podiatry, orthopedics and physical therapy. Memorial Hospital is also home to The Merriman House nursing home, which provides senior care services in a comfortable, home-like setting. For more information, www.memorialhospitalnh.org or call 603-356-5461.