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New London Hospital gets new CEO

  • Martin Thomas (Tom) Manion

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/13/2020 10:23:50 PM
Modified: 1/13/2020 10:23:03 PM

NEW LONDON — A Vermont health care executive will replace New London Hospital’s outgoing CEO Bruce King, who announced his plan to retire last summer.

Martin Thomas “Tom” Manion will start work in New London in early March, according to a news release Monday from the hospital. He comes to New London from Middlebury, Vt. where he has served as vice president of Porter Medical Group and oversaw more than a dozen different practice areas at Porter Medical Center.

“I was drawn to New London Hospital because of its great reputation of providing excellent care to its community and its partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health to keep care local,” Manion said in the release. “That feeling of commitment became even more evident as I met the employees, medical staff and the board of trustees.”

Manion, who will be an employee of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, was selected from a pool of nearly 100 candidates, according to New London Hospital spokesman Tim Lund.

“Given his impressive background, Tom is familiar with the demands and challenges of being part of a complex health system, while focusing on providing excellent care to the communities he serves,” Doug Lyon, chairman of the New London Hospital Board of Trustees, said in the release.

Manion has been at Porter, a member of the University of Vermont Health Network, since 2017.

Before that, he served in a variety of roles at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y. from 2012 to 2017.

His roles at Bassett included overseeing delivery system reform incentive payment operations and strategic planning; directing the musculoskeletal divisions; and directing the cancer treatment center. He led the establishment of the hospital’s first medication-assisted treatment program.

Before Bassett, Manion spent nearly six years in administrative roles at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He earned a master of public administration in health services financial management from New York University in 2010 and a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Lawrence University in 2006. He also holds a certificate in change leadership from Cornell University.

King has led the 25-bed New London Hospital, which has an annual operating budget of about $65 million, since 2003. King will continue to oversee operations there until Manion arrives.

During his tenure, King, who earned about $431,000 in 2017, has overseen increasing collaboration between New London Hospital and the D-H system, including a formal affiliation in 2013.

Elsewhere in the Upper Valley, leaders of Claremont’s Valley Regional Hospital are still looking for a permanent CEO. It has been led by interim CEO Deanna Howard since last winter, when former CEO Peter Wright left to lead two hospitals that are part of Lewiston, Maine-based Central Maine Healthcare.

“I’m here for a while,” Howard said in a Monday email.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at or 603-727-3213.

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