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Updated: August 23, 2023

Presque Isle-based AR Gould Hospital taps president with Aroostook roots

Northern Light Health has named Dr. Jay Reynolds as AR Gould Hospital’s next president, making official a role he has had on an interim basis. 

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Jay Reynolds

Reynolds, who has served as the senior physician executive at the Presque Isle hospital for several years, has been filling the role of interim president for the hospital since July 1. He will also serve as a senior vice president for Northern Light Health.

The Fort Fairfield native has spent his entire professional career working for AR Gould, beginning in 1994 as a family medicine physician in his hometown.

Over the years, he has served as the hospital's chief operating officer and chief medical officer before the duties were split into two positions in 2007.

“As a native of Aroostook County, Jay is absolutely passionate about serving the people of northern Maine, ensuring they have access to the very best in care and working collegially with all for the betterment the County,” said Tim Dentry, Northern Light Health president and CEO.

“His understanding of rural health care through his 29 years at AR Gould Hospital, approachable leadership style, and out-of-the-box thinking positions him well to lead the next chapter of this hospital’s legacy and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”

Relationship building

Reynolds plans to build on existing relationships with the other three hospitals in Aroostook County, so the hospitals can find ways to continue and expand services in northern Mamore efficiently.

“I am proud of the breadth of services we provide here at AR Gould and I am looking forward to playing an expanded role in seeking to continue our high level of care with the challenges ahead,” said Reynolds.

“The reality is that as the population in our region ages, the need for healthcare services grows and the workforce size decreases,” he continued. “This is the top operational challenge that we face today.  We need to work together to find solutions to this challenge.”.

Northern Light Health is an integrated health care system comprising 10 member hospitals with 987 licensed beds; a single physician-led medical group; eight nursing homes with 585 long-term beds; five emergency transport members and 37 primary care locations. With the combined locations, Northern Light has more than 12,000 employees in Maine.

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