Visiting Nurse And Hospice Names CEO

  • Beliveau

Valley News Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

White River Junction — The board of Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire has selected a new chief executive officer.

Johanna Beliveau, a Norwich resident and director of quality, patient safety and compliance at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, is set to begin work at the White River Junction-based VNH next month, according to a news release from VNH.

She will replace outgoing CEO Jeanne McLaughlin, who announced her plans to retire last fall and has led the organization since 2008.

Beliveau’s “experience in utilizing quality metrics to constantly make improvements in the services we provide to patients in their homes will be most helpful in the years ahead,” Steve Whitman, vice chairman of VNH Board of Trustees and chairman of the CEO search committee, said in the release.

Prior to her time at Mt. Ascutney, Beliveau worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as associate chief nursing officer. VNH and Mt. Ascutney both are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System.

VNH, which has an annual operating budget of about $22 million and is responsible for caring for patients spread across 4,000 square miles in more than 140 towns in New Hampshire and Vermont, joined the D-H system in 2016.

“I look forward to working with Johanna,” D-H CEO Joanne Conroy said in the release. “Having her experience in both clinical and leadership roles at other Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System member organizations, as well as her expertise and knowledge will be a wonderful addition for VNH as well as the overall D-H Health System.”

Beliveau, a registered nurse, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts in 1995, according to her LinkedIn profile. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania.

She also is working toward a doctorate in nursing practice from Yale University.

VNH spokeswoman Hilary Davis declined to provide information about Beliveau’s salary. McLaughlin earned $255,656 in the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2016, according to the organization’s 990 tax form.

During her tenure, McLaughlin has guided the organization to more secure financial footing and has managed a staff of about 250, amid low levels of unemployment. In an October interview, McLaughlin pointed to the tight labor market as the top challenge her predecessor would face.

Beliveau is set to begin work at VNH on June 18.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.