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Bassett appoints new president-CEO

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Dr. Vance M. Brown has been named president and chief executive officer of the Bassett Healthcare Network and Bassett Medical Center, the chairman of the board of trustees of Bassett Medical Center announced Thursday.

According to Dr. Thomas Q. Morris, Brown's appointment will go into effect on July 1. Brown will succeed Dr. William Streck, who is retiring.

"Sincethe time that Dr. William F. Streck announced he would be retiring, Bassett's Board of Trustees has been preparing for the transition in leadership of the Bassett system," Morris said. "Finding a successor to Dr. STreck, whose vision and leadership have shaped the growth and deelopment for the past 30 years was not easy.

"However, we believe we have found a strong leader who can further advance Bassett's mission of providing high-quality care in a challenging health care enviornment. We are delighted that Dr. Brown will be joining the organization."

Brown comes to Bassett from MaineHealth in Portland, Maine, where he has been chief medical officer since 2008. MaineHealth is the largest integrated health system in three northern New England states, with eight member hospitals, three affiliated hospitals and annual revenue of about $2 billion.

As CMO of MaineHealth, Brown was responsible for all medical issues at the corporate health system level. He also served as senior medical officer for MMC Physician Hospital Organization, which boasts 1,110 physicians as members. Before returning to his native state of Maine, Brown served as the chair of the department of family medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

"It's a privilege to be asked to join the Bassett team," Brown said. "The organization is highly regarded as a leader in health system integration and in rural health care delivery, and I look forward to working with the employees, physicians and community to continue building on that reputation and assuring a strong future for the organization."

Brown received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and his medical degree from Yale University. He completed his postgraduate residence training in family medicine at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, where he was appointed chief resident his final year. He also completed a residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, Conn., and did additional residency training in emergency medicine at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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