Michael Arsnow is new to Portland, Maine, but finding The Pine Tree State a more and more welcoming home each day. Community, equity, and curiosity have directed Michael through his personal and professional decision making and have led him to his career in healthcare and current position as the Administrative Fellow at Maine Medical Center. As an Administrative Fellow, Michael engages in health system strategy, operation, and finance, but also works at a broader level in population-based initiatives to help Maine become a healthier state and more vibrant community. Michael is utilizing his one-year multi-disciplinary Fellowship to better understand himself, where his interests lie, and which path to take in order to most effectively help accelerate positive change.
Michael grew up in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, before his first journey to Maine to attend Bates College. During his undergraduate studies, Michael earned a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry with a focus in pre-medical and population health studies. While at Bates, Michael was exposed to opportunities in healthcare outside of clinical practice, and he developed an interest community based healthcare. This interest evolved into volunteer work with physicians and community representatives to open and staff a free clinic in Lewiston, Maine. This experience guided Michael to a career in healthcare management during which he worked to improve wrap-around services for community hospitals in North Central Massachusetts and implement population health initiatives for behavioral health patients.
With a desire to better understand the economics and business of healthcare, Michael pursued a Master in Business Administration and Master in Health Administration at Cornell University. As a graduate student Michael explored healthcare consulting and medical device product management. These experiences were valuable for Michael to better understand his passions, which lie in community involvement and healthcare equity. Michael is happy to be at a mission driven hospital and happy to be living in Maine where he enjoys hiking, biking, trying local breweries, eating lobster, and working on his Maine accent.