Northern Light Health appoints new chair of Waterville Hospital and Care Center

WATERVILLE — An associate vice president of Northern Light Health System is being promoted to president of Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville and adjacent Northern Light Continuing Care Lakewood, the health system announced Tuesday.

Tricia Mercer will assume her new role on May 9 and will also assume the title of senior vice president of Northern Light Health, which is one of the largest health systems in the state.

Tricia Mercer is the new president of Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville and the adjacent Northern Light Continuing Care Lakewood. Photo courtesy of Northern Light Health

Northern Light Health President and CEO Tim Dentry said in a press release that “Tricia has an excellent healthcare background, and we are delighted to have her already part of the Northern Light team. Light, having served as associate vice president of our medical group operations since 2019. She’s had great success in improving access to care (and) improving provider engagement, and she’s a proud Mainer who is dedicated to community involvement.

Mercer replaces Terri Vieira, whose retirement was announced in December.

“The appointment means that as the new president, Tricia will oversee the management and operations of the hospital, physician practices and continuing care center,” said Sara Barry, spokesperson for Northern Light Health.

“She will also lead our community engagement so that we can continue to contribute to the overall well-being of the Waterville area,” Barry said.

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Mercer grew up in Dover-Foxcroft and graduated from Foxcroft Academy. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and earned an MBA in Healthcare Management. Mercer was previously executive director of a medical group in New York, administrator at a Pittsburgh hospital and CEO of a medical billing company.

“I look forward to joining the Inland/Lakewood family and continuing to help Northern Light fulfill its mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve,” Mercer said in the statement. “I recognize and appreciate the culture of caring we have and I’m proud of how staff go above and beyond to make healthcare work for our patients and residents every day.”


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