New Elliot Health System president named

Baxter

MANCHESTER – Dr. Greg Baxter is the new president of Manchester-based Elliot Health System, officials confirmed Friday.

SolutioNHealth is a new entity serving as the parent firm for both Elliot and Southern New Hampshire Health of Nashua. Sherry Hausmann is president and CEO of SolutioNHealth.

“After a comprehensive national search, the boards of Elliot Health System and SolutioNHealth enthusiastically and unanimously selected Dr. Baxter. He is the most uniquely qualified and capable person to lead Elliot,” Hausmann said. “He has in-depth experience and knowledge of the complexities of health care and experiences first-hand the nature of the health care issues facing our community through his work in the emergency department. His insight and steady guidance in the formation of SolutioNHealth, and our work since I began, gives me great confidence in the talent he brings to his new role.”

Baxter has been with Elliot since 2003 when he joined to lead the emergency physician provider group, growing it to 17 physicians and 10 advanced care providers by 2008. In 2009, Baxter was appointed chief medical officer, a capacity in which he has served for nine years.

While serving as chief medical officer, Baxter was also named Elliot’s senior vice president of medical affairs in 2011. He also successfully led the oversight of the Elliot network of physicians including over 300 providers ranging from primary care to inpatient critical and specialty care.

Baxter was appointed by the board of directors as co-executive of Elliot to support the execution of the strategic plan, work with the Board in the selection process of a partner for affiliation, and he assumed the role of senior team lead to provide oversight for day-to-day operations and strategic decision-making.

“We know that Dr. Baxter is very highly regarded by his colleagues on the medical staff, as well as all the members of the non-medical staff at the Elliot and also by his peers in leadership roles throughout the state,” Elliot board Chairman Jim Hood said. “Through his routinely high performance over the past decade in ever increasingly complex and demanding leadership roles, we have seen Dr. Baxter develop into a medical executive attuned to his hospital, his staff, his community and the anticipated changes coming in health care. He will advance the Elliot’s dedication to providing accessible clinical excellence to the communities we serve. We are looking forward to working with him and congratulate him and his family on this very important day.”

Dianne Mercier is the chair of the SolutioNHealth board.

“I am thrilled with our selection in Dr. Baxter. He is a proven leader and has spent the last 15 years at Elliot dedicated to growing an extraordinary medical group, expanding needed clinical services, serving the community through the practice of emergency medicine, educating himself and the board in the health care trends of the future and the potential strategies to allow for greater access and higher quality care,” Baxter said. “He is truly an exceptional individual and someone for whom I have great respect.”

Baxter is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College, through which he obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology. He then University of Vermont College of Medicine, receiving his medical degree in 1995.

Thereafter, he trained in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts, served three years as a flight physician on aero-medical transport services, and finished as chief resident in 1998. During the next five years, Baxter was an attending physician at UMASS-Memorial Health Care before transitioning to Elliot in 2003.