Fort Kent

NMMC names new chief medical officer

FORT KENT, Maine — Karee Thibeault, RN, medical practice director at Northern Maine Medical Center, has announced that Kristin Hartt, MD, assumed the role of chief medical officer at the hospital on June 9.

Hartt’s new role includes the responsibilities as medical director for the hospital’s rural health clinics and Forest Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center. 

Thibeault said, “Having her in these new roles will be a great asset to support the quality of our hospital. We are excited to welcome Dr. Hartt to these vital roles across the organization.”

Hartt has 13 years of experience in the care of adults and children in NMMC’s inpatient and outpatient settings, along with her work in the specialty of obstetrics. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York, in 2004. She completed her residency program in family practice at the Cascades East Family Practice, Oregon Health and Sciences University in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 2007. She is nationally certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Peter Sirois, NMMC president and chief executive officer, said, “Having a clinically sound physician with great leadership skills is vital to any hospital’s management and provider relationships. Strategically, to move to a high reliability organization and to achieve the highest quality possible for our patients, it takes a concerted effort by the entire organization, coupled with strong leadership, to assure that the standards of care are being followed at all levels.”

Sirois added, “Having a highly respected physician like Dr Hartt at the helm is so comforting and critical to the fulfillment of my responsibilities as CEO.”

Earlier in her career, Hartt held other key leadership roles at the hospital, including serving as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president of the medical staff. She will retain some weekly clinical hours, working two half-days per week, seeing a smaller panel of patients. She is currently communicating with patients to place them in the care of other providers to ensure a smooth transition.

Among her remaining responsibilities, she will continue to be the clinical faculty lead for Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter School of Medicine students in the OB/GYN longitudinal curriculum. The new role will allow her to place a greater focus on the growth and strength of the Obstetrics service while overseeing the inpatient unit and newborn nursery, coordinating training needs to maintain the team’s competence, oversight of the Obstetrics and Pediatrics Committee and responsible for the scheduling of providers.

As medical director for the hospital’s Rural Health Center, she will supervise all outpatient providers, oversee the development of policies and procedures toward improving care to support NMMC’s journey to become a high reliability organization.

“The decision to take a step back from primary care was a struggle for me, as I have grown quite fond of my patients over my 13 years in the Fort Kent Family Practice Office,” Hartt said.

“I believe that this position offers me great opportunities to better serve the hospital and surrounding community and I am excited about my new role. I will be able to achieve wider reaching change and influence to improve the health of the surrounding community by keeping NMMC a top hospital and helping to further our mission of quality care for the St. John Valley.”

The Family Practice team is available at 207-834-6140 to answer questions and create a seamless experience for patients during the transition.

Submitted by the Communications Office of Northern Maine Medical Center.

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