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Former FCHN executive chosen as chief executive officer

Gerald R. Cayer

Lowville, New York --The Lewis County General Hospital Board of Managers appointed Gerald R. Cayer as Chief Executive Officer.

The search committee is confident in Jerry’s healthcare and management qualifications. He brings a solid foundation and approach to his new role, with 20 years in hospital management, operations, business development and finance experience. Cayer is a champion of patient safety and quality, employee engagement, and strong relationships with local medical staff.

Mr. Cayer has held leadership roles in acute care, long-term care, residential and educational centers for persons with disabilities, and municipal health and human services. Over his tenure at Franklin Community Health Network and Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, he served as the Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Vice President. Previously, Cayer led the Health and Human Services Department for the City of Portland, Maine’s largest city.

Jerry earned a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from the University of Maine at Farmington. He is also a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine program.

In 2015 Cayer along with several others associated with Franklin Community Health Network co-authored a community health study published in the January 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Community-Wide Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs and Health Outcomes in a Rural County, 1970-2010. JAMA, 313(2), 147-155.

Cayer has held many leadership roles in health and human services, in not for profit organizations and
education: Chair, Board of Visitors, University of Maine at Farmington; Chair, MPH Advisory Committee, Muskie School, University of Southern Maine; Member, DHHS and Maine Hospital Association Licensing Reform Committee; President, Board of Directors, Maine Lung Association; Board of Directors, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice; Treasurer, Kennebec Montessori School; Appointed,Navigation/Point of Access
Subcommittee, Maine Department of Human Services; and Appointed, State of Maine Policy Academy on Chronic Homelessness.

Jerry is active in high school and youth sports, and has coached basketball and baseball. He is also an active IAABO basketball official and baseball umpire. Cayer is a former United States Marine.

Jerry and his wife, Tami, have three children and live in Waterville, Maine. The family will be relocating to Lewis County, New York.

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12 Responses »

  1. Congratulations Jerry. I hope this is a dream come true. I miss working with you.

  2. I wish you success in your new endeavor.

  3. Congratulations, Jerry! Lewis County General Hospital made a wise decision in hiring you; I wish you all the best in this career move!

  4. Congrats! Big move to NY! MAy you and your family be well. Well deserved They are lucky to have you

  5. Jerry, Congratulations and all the best. This is richly deserved. You are so well qualified.

  6. Congratulations Jerry! Sounds like a fantastic opportunity.

  7. Congratulations Jerry! John and I are so very very happy for you! I went to med school in Syracuse...upstate NY is a beautiful region ..mountains, lakes and plenty of snow! We wish you all the best!!!!

  8. Congrats Jerry! Best of Luck!

  9. Slightly confused- if this fella was such a great administrator why did FMH let him go?
    Again another confusing move by a hospital that can't seem to pick a direction and an identity.

  10. Jerry, although we were really sad to see you go, it's great to know that you are working at the top of your game. Best wishes and warm regards.

  11. Congratulations in acquiring this new position. It must be tough moving your family, but things will work out in the end. The best of luck.

  12. Congratulations Jerry. Miss seeing you around at work. Have a safe trip. Good luck