NEWBURYPORT — Jeffrey Brickman has been named interim leader of Anna Jaques Hospital as officials search for a permanent replacement for Chief Executive Officer and President Mark Goldstein, who stepped down earlier this month, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The same hospital spokesperson said Brickman is expected to take the interim president’s job on Monday.

A senior health care executive with more than four decades of experience in health care leadership, Brickman is the founding partner and manager of Nexxt Health Advisors, a management consulting firm that provides executive-level strategic consulting services.

From 2016 to 2021, he served as president and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare. Previously, he was group president of Mountains and North Denver Operating Group of Centura Health, as well as president/CEO of St. Anthony Hospital.

Brickman’s professional experience also includes senior leadership positions at Provena Health, Meridian Health System, and Baystate Medical Center. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in health care administration from Temple University.

A former hospital senior vice president, Goldstein was elevated to the role of president and CEO after his predecessor, Delia O’Connor, retired in 2014.

“Earlier this year, Mark Goldstein announced his intent to leave the organization. His last day was Friday, March 10. We are grateful to Mark for his many years of dedicated service and the transformational changes he has led to advance Anna Jaques Hospital’s standing as the premier destination for residents of the region to receive high-quality health care close to home,” the hospital spokesperson said.

Anna Jaques Hospital is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health and over the last two years has seen many changes inside and out. Goldstein most recently oversaw a $9 million project that added a pair of new operating rooms to support the New England Baptist Orthopedic program at the hospital, as well as a new main entrance and walkway named after former Mayor Byron Matthews.

The hospital also established a new helipad during Goldstein’s tenure and voluntarily relinquished its designation in October as a certified Level 3 trauma center.

More recently, the hospital has been feeling pressure from the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which is seeking new contracts for its members and recently picketed outside the hospital’s Wallace Bashaw Way entrance to draw attention to its concerns.

Daily News reporter Jim Sullivan contributed to this story.

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Newburyport for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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