CLAREMONT — Peter Wright, president and chief executive officer of Valley Regional Hospital (VRH), has announced his resignation, effective March 8, 2019. Wright will become the president of Rumford and Bridgton hospitals, part of Central Maine Healthcare based in Lewiston, Maine.
“The past six years have been some of the most rewarding of my career,” Wright said in announcing his decision. “It is truly a privilege to have served in this role and to have had the opportunity to serve our patients and the people of Sullivan County.”
Wright was named president and CEO at VRH in 2012. Wright is credited with the implementation of an operational recovery plan for VRH that has produced strong improvement for each of the last four fiscal years. He also worked to strengthen VRH’s community relationships, and put into place a strong, high-functioning leadership team.
“Peter is an important member of the VRH family,” said VRH board chair-elect Patricia Putnam. “We are grateful for his significant accomplishments that have led Valley Regional back to a position of financial and operational stability. We wish him the very best in this next phase of his career.”
The VRH board will announce an interim leadership plan prior to his departure, and a search for Wright’s permanent successor will begin soon. “There is no doubt in our mind that the Valley Regional team will continue to provide high-quality care and exceptional patient engagement,” added board chair Putnam.
Prior to his appointment as president and CEO at VRH, Wright served as chief operating officer at Littleton Regional Hospital, and was senior director of planning, development, and medical group operations at Copley Memorial Hospital in Morrisville, Vermont. A 1994 graduate of Lyndon State College in Vermont, Wright earned a master’s degree in administration from St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont, and also holds a master’s degree in healthcare delivery science from Dartmouth College. He serves on the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association and on the board and executive committee of the New Hampshire Hospital Association.
Wright will begin his new role at Central Maine Healthcare on March 11, 2019.