About Us

Southern New Hampshire Health, includes:

  • Southern New Hampshire Medical Centera 188-bed acute care facility located in the heart of downtown Nashua, has a medical staff of over 500 primary and specialty care providers from Foundation Medical Partners, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua, and local independent practices. 

  • Foundation Medical Partners, a multi-specialty provider group, including more than 300  providers in primary, specialty and immediate care serving thousands of patients in more than 70 practices across southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.

  • Immediate Care, offering walk-in care 7 days a week at 4 locations.

We’re dedicated to improving your health and wellbeing with innovative programs and preventive health resources.

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A Member of SolutionHealth
SolutionHealth is a regional healthcare organization that represents a combination of Southern New Hampshire Health and Elliot Health System. The founding vision of SolutionHealth is to provide highly-coordinated, community-based regional healthcare through collaborative planning to increase access, quality, value and community benefit for residents of southern NH. Learn more.

A Partner with Boston’s Top Teaching Hospital
We are Massachusetts General Hospital’s first clinical affiliate in the region. This affiliation gives you easy access to world-class treatment, with joint programs in stroke, cancer, trauma, vascular surgery and pediatric specialties.
 
Leaders in Care Delivery
Through Foundation Medical Partners, we’re redesigning primary care.  Patients in our primary care practices are part of a patient centered medical home (PCMH), a new model for care delivery. Team-based and tightly coordinated, medical homes can improve care at lower costs. Learn more about PCMH.

 

Our Mission and Vision

Mission

Southern New Hampshire Health is dedicated to providing exceptional care that improves the health and well-being of individuals and the communities we serve. 

 
Vision

Southern New Hampshire Health is a provider of choice, delivering convenient access to high value, quality care in an environment that embraces dignity, compassion and service to the people of our community.

 
Our Beliefs

A higher level of care means we believe in treating you the way we would like to be treated.
 
It starts with empathy — listening to how you feel and working to understand your needs.
 
It continues with respect — spending quality time to explain care and services in a way that everyone can understand.
 
Communication is important — we work as a team to keep everyone, including you and your family, informed about your care.
 
Relationships are built on trust — something that is yours to give, and ours to earn, in everything we do.
 
Our dedication to a higher level of care is more than words. It takes expertise, knowledge and commitment. We work every day to deliver the best possible care, tailored to your needs, with support and understanding.
 

Senior Leadership

Executive Team

Colin T. McHugh, President & CEO, Southern New Hampshire Health
Colin McHugh, a trusted healthcare executive with more than 25 years of experience, joined Southern New Hampshire Health (SNHH) as president and chief executive officer in April 2022. Prior to this role, McHugh was senior vice president and chief value officer for SolutionHealth, the regional health system created when SNHH and Elliot Health System combined in 2018. While with SolutionHealth, McHugh stepped in as interim president of SNHH in 2020, leading the organization through a leadership transition, the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the implementation of the Epic electronic medical record.

Prior to joining SNHH and SolutionHealth, McHugh served in various executive leadership roles, gaining a wealth of experience in integrated health care delivery and value-based payment models. These previous roles include senior vice president of network development and contracting at MaineHealth; interim president & CEO of Synernet, Inc.; and vice president of provider engagement and contracting for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts from The University of Connecticut. 


Jim Watkins, Interim President, Foundation Medical Partners 
With more than 25 years of medical group leadership experience, Jim is President of Watkins Associates, which focuses on financial performance in the healthcare sector. He currently serves as an executive-level consultant to Foundation Medical Partners. More recently, Jim has taken a lead role in our system-level strategic priorities.  Jim first joined Foundation from 2000-2005 serving in a finance leadership role. Jim rejoined the organization in 2017 after more than a decade away serving in a variety of senior leadership positions across New England, including Hartford Healthcare, Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and the William H. Backus Health System located in Norwich, Connecticut. Jim earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Springfield College and Master’s in Business Administration from Nichols College.


Sidi Cuko, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
Sidi joined the organization in 2008. He holds an MBA and is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Sidi has had several senior leadership roles in our organization over the years prior to his COO appointment in 2022.


Carol Silver, Chief Operating Officer, Foundation Medical Partners
Ms. Silver began her administrative healthcare career in Nashua, NH and first joined Southern NH Health as a member of Foundation Medical Partners in 1998. A longstanding member of the organization, Ms. Silver accepted the position of Associate Vice President of Operations in 2012 and held a leadership role in each of the Foundation’s Clinical Divisions over a period of eight years. In 2020, Ms. Silver accepted a position as the Vice President of Operations, Acute Care Provider Services at Southern NH Medical before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer, Foundation Medical Partners in 2021. Ms. Silver holds a BS in Business Administration and MSM in Healthcare Administration from Southern New Hampshire University

Susan Santana, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
Susan joined SNHMC in 2022. Dedicated to the practice of nursing for more than 30 years, she brings a wealth of nursing experience paired with demonstrated leadership to SNHMC. Susan has served in several progressive leadership roles for Lowell General Hospital—most recently as their Associate Chief Nursing Officer with extensive oversight of its nursing practice. Susan is a transformational leader who is best known for her passion in supporting the work environment for all health care workers and creating a culture of shared decision making. The breadth of Susan’s experience throughout the nursing profession offers valuable knowledge and perspective for her role with SNHMC. Susan is a certified Nurse Executive from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Nursing and Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in organizational leadership from Rivier University. She is also finishing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and is anticipating graduation this Spring.


Paul L. Trainor, Senior Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer 
Paul joined the organization in 2007.  He has held various finance positions with Optima Health, Elliot Hospital, and Catholic Medical Center. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bentley College and a Master of Health Care Management from New England College. 


Senior Management Team

Rebecca Cooper-Piela, MS, APRN-BC, Vice President of Quality and Accreditation and Chief Quality Officer
Rebecca joined Foundation Medical Partners in 1995 as a primary care provider. She is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner. She became involved in medical leadership when she joined the Board of Governors, serving from 1997 to 2003 and again in 2007 through 2009.  Rebecca began her work with quality assurance when she joined the Foundation Quality Assurance Committee in 2005. In 2015 she took on the role of Medical Director for the Quality Assurance, Department of Foundation Medical Partners. In December of 2019 she was promoted to the role of Chief Quality Officer for Southern NH Health. In 2021 Rebecca was promoted to Vice President of Quality, Safety and Accreditation and Chief Quality Officer. She graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1991 and Master’s in Nursing in 1994. Rebecca is also Certified in Health Care Quality Management by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.


Michael J DeLeo, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Foundation Medical Partners 
Dr. DeLeo is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist with subspecialty fellowship training in Breast and Oncologic Imaging.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and his MD as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Following his internship in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. DeLeo completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and fellowship in Breast and Oncologic Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Chief Resident and completed a residency track in Healthcare Leadership and Quality.  Since joining Southern NH Health in 2015, Dr. DeLeo has served on the Board of Governors of Foundation Medical Partners as the Radiology Division Chair and Medical Executive Committee of SNHMC as the Radiology Department Chair.  He is the Radiation Safety Officer for the health system and Medical Director for the diNicola Breast Health Center and the Southern NH Health Cancer Program.  Dr. DeLeo also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the New Hampshire state chapter of the American College of Radiology.  He is a Certified Physician Executive through the American Association for Physician Leadership and is completing his Master's in Business Administration with a focus in Medical Management at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.


Joseph Leahy, DO, Associate Vice President of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Leahy joined Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in December 1997 as a staff emergency medicine physician and held several leadership positions prior to his appointment as Associate Vice President of Emergency Medicine.  He has served as the Chief of the Medical Staff and Penultimate Past President of the NH Osteopathic Association.  In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Leahy continues to treat patients in the Emergency Department.  Dr. Leahy graduated from the University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME, and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Union Hospital in Union, NJ.


Timothy Scherer, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Southern New Hampshire Health
Dr. Scherer, a board-certified gastroenterologist, joined Southern NH Health in 2018 as the Chief Medical Officer.  He received his Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York, Binghamton, and his MD from the State University of New York Health Science Center, Brooklyn.  He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.  Dr. Scherer has served on Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Surgery Center of Greater Nashua.