Mass. woman to take helm of County hospital

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted June 12, 2010, at 2:58 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — After an extensive search that secured resumes from across the nation, officials at The Aroostook Medical Center announced Friday that they have chosen a Nantucket, Mass., woman to serve as the hospital’s new president and chief executive officer.

Sylvia Getman has been appointed to the position, according to Peter St. John, chairman of the medical center’s board of trustees, and Michelle Hood, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems’ president and CEO.

Getman will take over a position being left by Dave Peterson. Peterson, who has been at the helm for TAMC for more than 30 years, announced plans to retire this year in a statement issued last fall.

Located in Presque Isle, TAMC employs more than 1,000 with an active medical staff of more than 50 physicians and other health care practitioners, plus additional consulting and courtesy staff.

Getman comes to the facility during a time of change. In January, the medical center became the first hospital in Aroostook County to offer digital mammography to its patients. Last December, Horizons, a subsidiary of TAMC, began operating a walk-in clinic at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Presque Isle. Last August, the hospi-tal also opened North Street Healthcare, a family health care center and medical mall for residents of the city and surrounding communities. The building offers walk-in care, adult primary care, pediatrics, dialysis, nephrology, patient billing and physical therapy services.

Getman is the president and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, a 19-bed hospital on Nantucket island. Before her appointment at that facility, she was CEO of Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage, Iowa, and vice president for network systems for Mercy Medical Center, North Iowa, in Mason City, Iowa.

During her tenure at TAMC, Getman also will serve as senior vice president of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems. The Presque Isle hospital is a member of EMHS.

St. John lauded Getman’s hiring, saying the board of trustees was “fortunate to find a candidate of Sylvia’s caliber who had experience with the opportunities and challenges facing TAMC and rural health care in general.”

“I am confident she will quickly become a familiar face in the community,” he added. “With the support of the TAMC team, I believe she will help the medical center become an even better health care resource for the people of our area.”

Getman will arrive in Aroostook County and begin serving in her new role in late summer or early fall. She, her husband, Bill, and their family will make their home in the Presque Isle area.

“I am pleased and excited to have the opportunity to work with the team at The Aroostook Medical Center to advance the organization’s vision of excellence in rural health care,” she said. “As a rural regional medical center, TAMC is well-positioned to meet the needs of the people of Aroostook County, and I look forward to supporting and enhancing the great work that is being done.”

Getman said she looks forward to being a staunch advocate for rural health care, not just in Maine, but at a national level as well.

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