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St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services

LEWISTON---St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston has appointed Patricia Scherle as its vice president of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Scherle will lead St. Mary’s nursing staff as well as oversee the implementation and coordination of programs and initiatives to ensure patients consistently receive the very best clinical care. 

“I am pleased to welcome Pat, who has extensive experience working in mid-sized hospitals and medical centers, to our health system and nursing team,” said Katherine Bechtold, senior vice president of Covenant Health, of which St. Mary’s is a part. “She has an excellent track record of improving both patient and staff experiences. I look forward to her contributions in expanding St. Mary’s reputation in the community for exemplary care.”

“I’m honored to serve the St. Mary’s nursing team and clinical teams, as well as the community, to ensure we’re always striving to improve the quality, safety and delivery of patient care,” said Scherle. “Our ultimate goal is to reinforce St. Mary’s standard for clinical excellence, which will directly impact positive patient outcomes.”

Prior to joining Covenant Health, Scherle was the vice president/chief nursing officer at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a 148-bed non-profit community teaching hospital. Her tenure at Tower Health | Community Health Systems, which includes Chestnut Hill Hospital, spanned 10 years in various leadership roles at multiple hospitals.

Scherle holds a doctorate in nursing practice from Drexel University in Philadelphia and earned her master’s degree in healthcare administration from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. She is also a nurse executive advanced (NEA-BC) and registered nurse.

St. Mary’s Health System was founded in 1888 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint-Hyacinthe. Today, it is an integrated medical system comprised of a 233-bed acute care community hospital, a group of primary care and specialty providers, urgent care and emergency department, an extensive complement of behavioral and mental health services, and outpatient specialty practices. The system also includes d’Youville Pavilion, a senior care community that offers a rehabilitation center, long-term skilled nursing care and memory care.

Covenant Health is an innovative, Catholic regional healthcare system and a leader in values-based, not-for-profit health and elder care. Covenant’s family of organizations includes hospitals, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living, independent senior residences and adult day care organizations throughout New England and Pennsylvania. Covenant is New England’s largest non-profit post-acute care provider.