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Updated: June 14, 2023

Southern Maine Health Care names next COO

MaineHealth’s Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford has selected the vice president of operations and critical care at Maine Medical Center to serve as the next chief operating officer.

Kathryn Cope

In her new role, Kathryn Cope will lead the SMHC leadership team in day-to-day operations, budget development and implementation, financial performance and quality performance and will be responsible for executing the strategic direction of MaineHealth and MaineHealth’s Southern Region, which includes both SMHC and MMC.

Since she started in the role in 2019 as the vice president of operations and critical care at Maine Medical Center, Cope oversaw a significant portfolio of departments and clinical services across five campuses, including critical care, radiology, acute pharmacy, environmental service and transport, food and nutrition, and clinical engineering. 

“Kathryn is an experienced health care executive with more than 25 years of experience in acute care clinical operations, finance and service line strategy,” said Joel Botler chief medical officer and interim president of MaineHealth’s Southern Region. “Her experience as a community-oriented collaborator with proven skills in advancing innovative solutions to complex challenges make her a perfect fit for SMHC.”

Cope served as vice president of neuroscience and critical care service lines from 2017-19, vice president of neuroscience service Line from 2012-2017 and director of the Neuroscience Institute from 2010-12, all at Maine Medical Center. 

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Nathan Howell is the president of Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford.

Cope will be taking over for Nathan Howell, who was named president and CEO of MaineGeneral Health in Augusta. She will begin her new role June 20. 

Cope earned her undergraduate degree in economics and classics from Bowdoin College and her master’s from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business. 

Southern Maine Health Care includes a full-service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. SMHC has medical centers in Biddeford and Sanford as well as primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and walk-in care centers in York County communities, including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro.

SMHC is No. 5 among the largest hospitals in the state, according to the 2023 Mainebiz Book of Lists. That ranking is based on the number of licensed acute care beds. 

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