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Normand E. Deschene

Chief Executive Officer

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

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. Through innovative programs and a collaborative approach to care management – called Complete connected careSM – Circle Health supports communities with a comprehensive range of services and provides individuals easy access to the expertise and resources to achieve the best possible health throughout their lives. Circle Health is a not-for-profit company and headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts. 

Under Mr. Deschene’s 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®, achieved fourth place in the large business category and was the top ranked hospital in the Boston Globe Top 100 Places to Work (2010) and was included in the Boston Business Journal's Best Places to Work (2010-2014) and Top 25 Largest Hospitals (2008-2010). 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 a past regent for the College for the state of Massachusetts and was named the "Healthcare Executive of the Year" in 2006.

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 Treasurer of the organization.

In addition, Mr. Deschene is an active member of the American Hospital Association, Hospital Financial Management Association and the Healthcare Management Association of Massachusetts. He also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of Voluntary Hospitals of America Northeast. 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 is a member of the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety Expert Panel in Obstetrics.

Locally, he is a trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lowell, a current board member of The Lowell Plan executive committee and the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council, as well as a past board member of the American Textile Museum.Mr. Deschene is also 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.

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