Senior Leadership

Our senior leadership team brings extensive and practical experience to our health system. Their focus is squarely on executing the strategic vision that ensures Covenant Health consistently and effectively meets the diverse health care needs of the communities we serve.

Stephen Grubbs serves as president and CEO of Covenant Health. In this position, he is responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategies, system integration and operational performance. He brings extensive administrative experience to this role, including his time as president and CEO of hospital systems in Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

Grubbs earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and his MBA from Bethel University. He is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Boards of  Covenant Health, The Yankee Alliance (regional group purchasing organization) and serves as the chair of the Androcroggin Health, LLC.  Board.

Susan I. Belanger, PhD, MA-HCML, MA-BEHP, RN, NEA-BC, HEC-C serves as the Senior Vice President of Mission Integration and Ethics for Covenant Health. In this position, she provides strategic leadership to ensure the mission, values and heritage of Covenant Health are integrated into all aspects of the organization. Belanger also serves as the system ethicist. In this role, she promotes ethical practice at all levels of the organization with the goal of enhancing ethical awareness in the delivery of high-quality health care.

Belanger has experience in both nursing leadership and education, as well as ethics. She held hospital positions as nurse manager, nursing director and chief nursing officer. A former Associate Professor at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, she taught in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and held the position of Graduate Nursing Program Director. Currently, Belanger is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC where she teaches ethics in the program for advanced practice nurses. Belanger also worked as a Senior Research Scholar at the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown where she participated in ethics consultations and medical student education.

She earned a diploma in nursing from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Lewiston, Maine, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maine and a Master of Science in Nursing and PhD from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Belanger also completed two post-doctoral Master’s Degrees from Loyola University in Chicago, one in Bioethics and Health Policy and more recently, a Master’s Degree in Health Care Mission Leadership.

Belanger is a board-certified Nurse Administrator – Advanced (NEA-BC) and is certified in the Fundamentals of Magnet. She recently became certified as a Healthcare Ethics Consultant through the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She completed 11 years of volunteer service on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and currently serves on the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

Bradford Coffey joined Covenant Health in 2015 and serves as Senior Vice President and President of Covenant Health Foundation. In his role, Coffey is responsible for leading all philanthropic activity within Covenant Health’s member organizations.

Prior to joining Covenant Health, Coffey held the title of Vice President for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems Foundation, where he led philanthropy efforts to build a new adult cancer center, pediatric cancer center, multiple sclerosis center and new inpatient tower. He is known among his peers for his ability to communicate complicated concepts in straightforward and compelling language, and he is well respected by leaders in Maine and throughout New England.

Coffey began his career in philanthropy at the University of Maine Foundation in 2001 after nearly a decade of practicing law. He has received many service awards and recognitions dating back to the early 1990s. Coffey is a licensed Maine attorney, and he has been very involved in his community, including serving as president of the Maine Planned Giving Council, the Bangor Rotary Club, board chair of Shaw House and treasurer of the Maine Conservation Voters. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are the proud parents of three children.

Coffey received his Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University in Washington, DC and his Juris Doctor degree from University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine.

John M. Emerson, MBA serves as the System Senior Vice President for Covenant Health’s physician enterprise (PE), the Integrated Medical Group (IMG). IMG is comprised of over 350 physicians and advanced practice providers.

In this role, John is the executive responsible for strategic direction of the PE, maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of current operations, provider alignment, patient access to care and the infrastructure and strategic support necessary for success.

John has an extensive background leading geographically dispersed medical groups, strategic expansion, directing operational and financial management and performance improvement.

Stephen Forney serves as Chief Financial Officer for Covenant Health. In this capacity, he oversees strategic, fiduciary and operational responsibilities, including accounting, treasury, planning, budgeting and financial reporting. He also provides daily financial leadership and oversight to achieve financial performance.

Forney brings to this position 30+ years of experience in health care finance/operations in acute, post-acute, physician practice and pre-hospital settings with particular focus on operational improvement. Before coming to Covenant Health, he served in leadership capacities as CFO of the Chinese Hospital Association in San Francisco, California; as CFO for System Operations for Prospect Medical Holdings in Los Angeles, California; CFO for Verity Health System in Redwood Shores, California; and as Vice President & CFO of Ardent Health Services/Lovelace Health System in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A native of New York, Forney attended Saint Leo College in St. Leo, Florida, as an undergraduate and later earned his MBA, graduating with distinction. He is a licensed certified public accountant; a certified global management accountant, a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association; and is board certified by the Medical Group Management Association. He is also widely published and is a frequent presenter on financial topics for professional organizations across the country.

Steven C. Jorgensen serves as president of St. Mary’s Health System and Senior Vice President of Covenant Health. Prior to joining Covenant Health, Jorgensen enjoyed a diverse career with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, where he served as head of Human Resources, Administrator for various departments and Chair of Clinical Operations at Mayo Clinic’s location in Jacksonville, Florida. His professional accomplishments also include tenure as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Business Development at Essentia Health in Minnesota.

Over the course of his career, Jorgensen has consistently demonstrated his ability to deliver on strategic goals through collaboration and teamwork. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Master of Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. He served in numerous community volunteer roles prior to relocating to Lewiston, Maine.

Timothy, Vice President and Chief Employee Experience Officer, brings to this position 25 years of experience in human resources, organizational development and talent management. He is collaborative and energetic, and his experience includes tenure as an internal senior HR leader for small, large and global organizations as well as an executive consultant for change management. Since joining Covenant Health, Juergensen has overseen the collaborative design and transformation to a “Centers of Excellence” human resource function architecture, focused on the CH employee experience and its impact on the patient and community experience.

Juergensen’s previous experience includes tenure as Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Development, for WellPath, a public health care organization providing medical and behavioral health care services to nearly 300,000 vulnerable patients in 37 states and Australia. Juergensen’s health care experience also includes service as the interim Chief Human Resources Officer at Columbus Regional Health, a 10-county regional system in southeastern Indiana. Prior to this, Tim served as the Global Leader for Talent Management for Cummins Inc., and as Program Manager, Change Management for Eli Lilly & Company.

Juergensen has numerous certifications including a Six Sigma Black Belt, Leadership and Customer Service Certifications from the Disney Leadership Institute, and certifications in the DDI 360 Leadership Mirror and the Predictive Index Assessment Tool. Juergensen is also a member of the inaugural graduating class of DDI’s Change Management University.

Juergensen is an active member of SHRM and ASHHRA and sought- after speaker, most recently presenting at the 2022 ASHHRA National Conference in Phoenix on the topic of “Stress Tested Leadership During and Beyond the Pandemic.”

John A. Jurczyk, FACHE, serves as Senior Vice President of Covenant Health and President of St. Joseph Hospital. He brings to this position 40 years of experience including a strong background in not-for-profit and faith-based health care. Prior to his appointment to St. Joseph Hospital, Jurczyk served for ten years in for-profit health care including tenure as President of Good Samaritan Medical Center, a Steward Family Hospital in Brockton, Massachusetts. There, he led the hospital to achieve designation by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as the first and only Level III Trauma Center in Massachusetts EMS Region V. At the same time, the hospital achieved one of the highest operating margins in the Commonwealth.

Jurczyk took a unique path to leadership, having worked his way up from pharmacist to C-Suite at Good Samaritan Medical Center, an acute care Catholic hospital with 267 licensed beds. He has also served in hospital management capacities at several other hospitals throughout New England, and he has passion for and experience in advancing the culture and mission of non-profit, faith-based health care. In total, Jurczyk has dedicated over half of his career to Catholic health care.

Jurczyk holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Bryant University. He completed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. Jurczyk became a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2012 and recently obtained Professional Director certification by the American College of Corporate Directors. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Trinity Catholic Academy, an elementary school for urban youth in Brockton, Massachusetts.

John D. Newman, Esq. serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Covenant Health. Newman plays a critical role as chief legal counsel and senior advisor on institutional issues throughout the system. As General Counsel, Newman is responsible for providing support for legal, strategic and transactional matters related to Covenant in a manner that is consistent with the mission, vision and values of the organization. He provides legal consultation and leadership to Covenant’s senior management team. Newman’s work extends to Covenant’s compliance and risk functions as well. He plays an integral role in the management of Covenant’s off-shore captive insurance company and commercial insurance programs.

Newman has over 30 years of professional experience and a strong track record of leadership success. He comes to Covenant from Constitution Surgery Centers, LLC, in Avon, Connecticut, where he served with distinction as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Previously, he was Vice President and General Counsel for St. Vincent’s Medical Center, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Before that, Newman enjoyed an extended career in private practice, representing a broad array of health care providers. When in private practice, Newman was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the health care field. Newman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University and Duke Law School.

Mary Prybylo, RN, MSN, FACHE, is the Senior Vice President and President of St. Joseph Healthcare/St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor, Maine, having joined the organization in 2011. Prybylo has extensive health care experience in both administration and patient care services.

Prior to her time at St. Joseph Healthcare she served as the Chief Operating Officer at Waterbury Hospital Health Center where she was responsible for operations, physician partnerships and strategic initiatives that supported the delivery of patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Prior to this, Prybylo held several positions including the Director of Community Care Management and Vice President of Managed Care and Operations within the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut system, as well as Vice President for Patient Care Services at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Prybylo received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with a minor in psychology, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a double major in Critical Care Nursing and Management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Karen Sullivan serves as Vice President for Marketing and Chief Communications Officer for Covenant Health. In her role, Sullivan is responsible for the overall planning, organizing and implementing of an integrated communications and marketing effort aligning with the business objectives and corporate culture of Covenant Health. She provides direction and support to the communications and marketing teams throughout the system to ensure that best practices are implemented to effectively develop and measure educational, informational and promotional messaging for all target audiences including employees, providers, patients, residents, families and consumers.

Sullivan brings to this position 30 years of experience gained through tenure with community hospitals, large physician group practices and hospital systems. Leveraging this experience, she also served as an independent marketing and public relations consultant for various organizations for a number of years. Sullivan joined the Covenant Health corporate office in June 2016 after several years of service at Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She is a proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire and holds several certifications in the areas of reputational risk and crisis management. She is a member of Public Relations Society of America and the New England Society for Healthcare Communications.

Douglas C. Waite, MD, serves as Covenant Health’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Waite spearheads the system’s overall clinical vision and oversees all quality and safety initiatives for our patients and residents. He assists in defining the organization’s business strategy and goals and provides clinical oversight and valuable strategic direction to all facilities. He works to ensure clinician and provider alignment and  satisfaction.

Prior to joining Covenant Health, Dr. Waite held the role of CMO at St. Vincent Hospital, a member of Tenet Healthcare, in Worcester, MA. During his tenure, he improved efficiency, quality, and compliance for several service lines and the medical staff and reduced surgical site infection rates. Dr. Waite graduated from Rutgers Medical School in Newark, NJ. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA.

Dr. Waite is board-certified in infectious diseases and  led Covenant Health’s preparations for and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is an accomplished infectious disease and public health lecturer and is also committed to community service. He serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the March of Dimes’ Massachusetts Region and chairs their Mission Impact Committee.

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