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Normand E. Deschene

Chief Executive Officer, Wellforce
President and Chief Executive Officer, Circle Health
Chief Executive Officer, Lowell General Hospital

Normand E. Deschene

Normand E. Deschene serves as Chief Executive Officer of Wellforce, President and Chief Executive Officer of Circle Health, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Lowell General Hospital.

Formed in late 2014 by Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital, Wellforce is the parent company of both organizations. As CEO of Wellforce, Mr. Deschene focuses on growing the health system, which represents a unique model that improves coordination of care and enables clinicians to better serve the health needs of communities while enhancing the affordability of care. Wellforce builds on the values of Circle Health’s principle of providing Complete connected care, and Tufts Medical Center’s commitment to keeping care in the community and engaging the full continuum of providers, not hospitals alone, in keeping patients and communities healthy.

Mr. Deschene is also responsible for leading the effort to fully realize Circle Health’s vision to be one of the best integrated healthcare systems in America. Born of collaboration among community physicians, Lowell General Hospital, Lowell Community Health Center and Circle Home, Circle Health represents a unique community-based approach to care and is a driver for positive change in how individuals, families, and communities experience and improve their health. The collaboration supports on-going investment in new technologies, advanced clinical expertise, the most innovative treatment approaches and medical best practices, individual and community health management, augmented by partnerships with leading academic medical centers and specialty clinics.

Mr. Deschene works in collaboration with Circle Health’s affiliated physicians and partner organizations to expand Circle Health’s scope and develop its systems and operations to deliver on a promise to provide Complete connected care to the communities it serves.

Under Mr. Deschene’s more than three decades of leadership, Lowell General Hospital became one of the fastest growing hospitals in Massachusetts, garnering numerous quality, satisfaction, and financial benchmark honors. Most recently, the hospital earned acceptance into the Magnet Recognition Program® for the second time, and was included in the Boston Business Journal's Best Places to Work (2010-2015) and Top 25 Largest Hospitals. Lowell General's achievements under Mr. Deschene also include: Cleverley +Associates Top 100 Community Value Provider Award seven consecutive years, named one of Most Wired Hospitals in the Nation (2011-2014), the only Massachusetts hospital named to Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare (2011 and 2012), the Cancer Center earned the "Outstanding Achievement Award" by the Commission on Cancer, the Volunteer Hospital Association's Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence, the American Heart Association's "Get with the Guidelines" Gold award honoring performance achievement for cardiac care (2008-2010) and heart failure (2010), the American College of Cardiology Foundation's Gold Performance Achievement Award, and Thomson Top 100 Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader Award.

Mr. Deschene holds a master's degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree from Providence College. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he served as Regent for the College for the state of Massachusetts and was named the "Healthcare Executive of the Year" in 2006. Mr. Deschene received the prestigious 2015 William L. Lane Hospital Advocate Award, presented by the Massachusetts Hospital Association to one senior hospital or health system executive who exemplifies exceptional leadership and the characteristics to which all healthcare provider leaders aspire. His formidable record within the community also earned him recognition as The Lowell Sun's inaugural 2012 "Man of the Year", which was presented in January 2013.

A long-standing member of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), Mr. Deschene served as the Chair for the 2011-2012 term. He formerly served as Secretary and Treasurer of the organization. In addition, Mr. Deschene is an active member of the American Hospital Association and Hospital Financial Management Association of Massachusetts. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee of Voluntary Hospitals of America Northeast, and now serves on the board of Yankee Alliance. He was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Goddard Council, advising upon the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum for the Commonwealth, and was appointed by Governor Patrick to the Health Information Council as the representative for community hospitals.

Locally, he is a past trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lowell, a current board member of The Lowell Plan, the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council and Enterprise Bank & Trust. Mr. Deschene is also past chairman of the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Health and Environment advisory board.

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Circle Health is a progressive collaboration of physicians, hospitals, other health providers and organizations with a shared vision for empowering people and communities to be healthier.

Wellforce is a health system that is rethinking how academic and community centers, local and national businesses, and technology and service innovators can all work together. So that clinicians can deliver expert care where it's needed most. And so that we can bring wellness back to health care, one person at a time.