Experienced healthcare leader brings expertise in community-based care

MelroseWakefield Healthcare today announced that Susan Sandberg, MBA, RN, has been named chief executive officer. Sandberg will also serve as executive vice president of Wellforce, the parent company of MelroseWakefield Healthcare, and officially starts her new position on Aug. 20.

Sandberg, 57, was most recently chief operating officer at UNC REX Healthcare, a 665-bed healthcare system in Raleigh, N.C. In her role, she led operations across the system, including the development and implementation of operational and growth goals to achieve targeted objectives in quality, value, service and service, as well as in patient, employee and medical staff engagement.

Prior to her role at UNC REX Healthcare, Sandberg was a regional chief operating officer at Community Health Network an Indianapolis-based health system with eight hospitals, 11 health pavilions, more than 1,000 physicians and 12,000 employees. Her responsibilities there were for strategic growth and operations of Community Hospital North and its tertiary campus.

“Susan Sandberg is the ideal chief executive for Melrose Wakefield Healthcare at this time in the organization’s history,” said Chair of the MelroseWakefield Healthcare Board of Trustees, James Herrington. “She has been a tremendous voice for community-based healthcare and a great advocate for positive change, strategic growth and a focus on patient safety, quality and the patient experience. She has all of the requisite skills to bring this organization to the next level.”

“The entire MelroseWakefield Healthcare organization, its physicians, nurses, caregivers and staff – and most importantly the communities we serve – will benefit from Susan’s leadership,” he continued.
“Susan Sandberg is an impressive and accomplished leader,” said Wellforce CEO, Norm Deschene. “Her commitment to high-quality, affordable and accessible healthcare is in perfect sync with the vision and mission of Wellforce.”

“I am deeply honored to become the next leader of MelroseWakefield Healthcare. My career has prepared me to help navigate through the evolving healthcare landscape, and I look forward to seizing the opportunities our changing industry provides for MelroseWakefield Healthcare to be innovators,” said Sandberg. “The future of healthcare lies in the strength of community-based care and with MelroseWakefield Healthcare.”

Sandberg received her bachelor of science degree from Minnesota State University Mankato, Mankato, Minn. and her master of business administration degree from DePaul University, Chicago, Ill.