Dr. Littleson (DBA, FACHE) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Administration at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. He currently serves as President and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare. He was formerly the chief integration and operating officer of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, a not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care, including more than 300 primary-care and specialty physicians; outpatient and Urgent Care services; and four hospitals with a total of 786 licensed beds: Lancaster General Hospital, Women & Babies Hospital, Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital, and Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital. Dr. Littleson additionally, previously served as president of the Northeast Division of Jefferson Health, responsible for the turn around of 3 financially distressed hospitals, as well as the ambulatory services strategy for the 14-hospital Jefferson Health network. Prior to this appointment, he served as president of the acute care division of 11-hospital Hackensack Meridian Health, based in Edison, New Jersey, after serving as president of 649-bed Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ for 17 years.
Dr. Littleson’s experience in health systems includes leading mergers and acquisitions, integration of clinical services, management of physician networks, operation of for-profit joint ventures, and implementation of high reliability principles to achieve and sustain zero patient harm. His hospital leadership experience includes large construction and renovation project management, fund raising, patient and team member engagement, and clinical program development. During his 17-year tenure, Jersey Shore was the fastest growing hospital in Monmouth and Ocean Counties and was the first state designated children’s hospital in the region. In addition to serving as the region’s perinatal, trauma, and cardiac center, Jersey Shore is also designated as the region’s comprehensive stroke center.
In 2009, Jersey Shore completed New Jersey’s largest hospital expansion and renovation project. The $300 million Transforming Care project included 400,000 square feet of new space which added 108 new beds, a new emergency department, six operating rooms, support space, a 950-space parking garage and a new central utility plant that includes cogeneration. The project incorporated many examples of evidence-based design and was certified as the first LEED Gold healthcare facility in New Jersey.
Prior to joining Meridian, Dr. Littleson was president and chief executive officer of Southern Ocean County Hospital (SOCH) in Manahawkin, NJ. During his seven-year tenure, the SOCH campus more than doubled in size, adding new programs and services for the community while maintaining its position as one of the lowest cost hospitals in New Jersey. Dr. Littleson previously served as vice president at Sentara Hampton General Hospital in Hampton, VA, and as an administrative resident at York Hospital, in York, PA.
A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Dr. Littleson also served as the chairman of the boards of directors for the New Jersey Hospital Association and the NJ Council of Teaching Hospitals. He has served on the boards of numerous community service organizations including Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Rotary International, American Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was an adjunct faculty member at Monmouth University and has been a regular guest lecturer for the Peking University MBA program in Beijing, China. He is a certified youth lacrosse coach and served for ten years as the president of the Fair Haven Recreation Soccer Association.
Dr. Littleson has a Doctorate in Business Administration from Walden University, a Masters of Health Services Administration degree from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Gettysburg College. He lives in Lititz, PA with his wife Debra and has two grown daughters.