After an extensive national search, the board of trustees of Bassett Medical Center has appointed Vance M. Brown, M.D. as president and CEO of the Bassett Healthcare Network and Bassett Medical Center, effective July 1. He will succeed Dr. William F. Streck who will be retiring after 30 years of leadership at Bassett. Brown comes to Bassett from MaineHealth in Portland, Maine, where he has been chief medical officer since 2008. As CMO at MaineHealth, he has been responsible for all medical issues at the corporate health system level. Brown was also senior medical officer for MMC Physician Hospital Organization with 1,100 physicians. Prior to returning to his native state of Maine, he served as the chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Brown received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. and then obtained his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. He completed his postgraduate residency training in family medicine at the University of North Carolina Hospitals where he was appointed chief resident his final year. Brown also completed a residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, Conn. and did additional residency training in emergency medicine at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is board-certified in both family medicine and internal medicine.