Northwestern Medical Center hires Berry Bowen as new CEO

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ST. ALBANS, VT – The Board of Northwestern Medical Center has appointed Phillips, Maine, native Jill Berry Bowen as the hospital’s new chief executive officer. The medical center is a not-for-profit community hospital in northwestern Vermont whose staff has been recognized two years in a row by Avatar International for excellence in overall patient satisfaction.

Jill Berry Bowen

“We are very pleased that Jill has accepted the position,” said Judy Ashley-McLaughlin, NMC Board of Directors vice president and chairperson of the search committee.  “The NMC Board conducted a national search through our management services firm, QHR.  “We are confident that we have selected the right person to lead our hospital and community into the future.”

A native of Phillips, Maine, Berry Bowen most recently served as vice president of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. Before that, she was chief operating officer for more than 10 years at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine. Berry Bowen is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been an active leader in state and local health initiatives and community organizations. She has a master’s degree in nursing (M.S.N) and a master’s degree in business (MBA). Her start date at NMC is Dec. 16, 2009.

Berry Bowen credits her success to the mentorship and coaching of folks such as Rick Batt, former CEO of Franklin Memorial Hospital, and Kevin O’Connor executive coach of Chicago. Without the support of her parents Albert and Lorraine Berry of Avon, her husband Tim, close friendship of Carol Timberlake, and so many other family members and friends, this journey would have not lead to the successful preparation for this wonderful opportunity in the beautiful setting of Vermont.

“A small town community is what I know and love” she said on why this position was a match for her. “This hospital is in a strong position. With the support of Quorum, LLC I will have many resources to pull from in my first CEO position. This was a team decision with my husband. We very much look forward to being active members of this community.”

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