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Hospital Board announces new CEO for Memorial

Scott McKinnon is ready to hit the ground running

Scott McKinnon, FACHE, has been named Memorial Hospitalís new chief executive officer and will take up his position in mid-July. McKinnon succeeds Gary Poquette, who is leaving the hospital at the end of June after 30 years of service. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
June 04, 2009
The appointment will be effective starting in mid-July. The board initiated the search after Gary Poquette, FACHE announced that he would be leaving Memorial this year after nearly 30 years at the community hospital's helm. His last day is June 30.

Speaking on behalf of the board, Bergoffen said McKinnon is a great fit for the organization.

"The search committee looked at many superb candidates from around the country during a very inclusive and thorough recruitment process," said Berghoffen. "I'm pleased to say that our decision was ultimately unanimous to offer the position to Scott. He generated a great deal of enthusiasm from those in the hospital community that he met during the search."

Since 2003, McKinnon has been employed as a vice president at Lankenau Hospital, a tertiary academic hospital with an affiliate medical research center and a member of Mainline Health System serving Philadelphia, Pa., and its suburbs.

Before arriving at Lankenau, McKinnon served as a vice president for Meridian Health in New Jersey and for Union Hospital, a community hospital in Maryland. He began his career at Union as a laboratory manager and rose to his position of vice president over the years. He received both his BS and MBA degrees from the University of Central Florida.

In addition to his experience, Bergoffen said McKinnon brings an energetic style and passion for healthcare quality and leadership.

"We believe he possesses the operational and strategic skills to lead Memorial in achieving and surpassing the highest standards of quality and patient care," Berghoffen said. "Scott brings a depth of understanding of both the challenges and opportunities of working within a community hospital setting, as well as the clinical knowledge and best practices associated with a larger medical center. He will be a terrific asset in this role, and we are very excited to have him join us."

McKinnon and his family recently completed several extensive visits to the hospital and community.

"When I learned about this opportunity, I was intrigued by the idea of returning to a smaller community hospital and serving as its chief executive officer," McKinnon said. "I feel that my many experiences and training, along with my passion for this type of environment, are an ideal fit for this role. In my recent visits to the hospital, I was thoroughly impressed by everyone I met, and immediately sensed their pride and commitment to the organization and the community," he added.

McKinnon and his wife, Kimberly, have a 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, and are skiers as well as outdoor enthusiasts.

"The opportunity to relocate to the area was very appealing because my family and I have been vacationing in New England for over 15 years," McKinnon said. "We love to ski, of course, but also enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by nature wherever we look in the Mt. Washington Valley."

Kimberly McKinnon is looking forward to settling her family into their new home and becoming involved in the local community. Growing up in a military family, she has travelled extensively, and managed secure operating systems for 10 years while working for a private contracting group for the Department of Defense. She has been a hospital auxiliary member, a Girl Scout leader, and a supporter and organizer for the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, United Way and American Heart Association. She looks forward to continuing her role as a supportive wife and mother, and participating in their daughter's school endeavors.

As the hospital's new CEO, McKinnon said he looks forward to leading the organization through the development of collaborative working relationships and a focus on innovative, compassionate, and patient-centered care that improves the quality of life throughout the Mt. Washington Valley.

"I am extremely fortunate to have been chosen as the new CEO of Memorial Hospital," McKinnon said. "I am honored that the board of trustees has instilled their confidence in me to lead this organization, particularly during these times when there are many difficult challenges facing healthcare organizations. I am confident that by building on the strong foundation that already exists, Memorial Hospital will be well positioned for the future."

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