A Legacy of Care: Mike Kilbride's Beverly Hospital Journey

May 09, 2024

Shaping the Future of Healthcare Operations

Mike Kilbride

Mike Kilbride is no stranger to Beverly Hospital. Born into their special care nursery in 1997, the hospital has been part of his life for as long as he can remember. For the last three years, he’s been the facilities manager for Northeast Hospital Corporation where he oversees the day-to-day facility and power plant operations of Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Bay Ridge Hospital, and Beth Israel Lahey Health Care Center – Danvers. This role—one he stepped into shortly after finishing his master’s degree—once seemed like a dream.

As a high school student, Mike’s stepfather, Mark, worked as a paramedic. On Christmas Day of his senior year, Mark stopped by the house with his partner, Ed, who also happened to be the Senior Director of Support Services for Northeast Hospital Corporation. Friendly introductions led to Mike sharing that he would be attending college as an engineering student the next year. Seeing an opportunity to help a young person gain some experience in their field, Ed invited Mike to check out the facilities department to see how they operated. He accepted and became a multi-tech engineer intern when on break from school and during summer vacations.

Upon graduating from college in 2020, Mike was hired as a project manager, a role he remained in until he finished his master’s degree in Facilities Management. From there, he stepped into his current role as Facilities Manager. Though his schooling and qualifications made him an excellent candidate, he attributes his success to Ed, saying, “I owe everything to Ed. I don’t want to let him down.”

Mike takes great pride in his work and his team, who sometimes feel more like family than coworkers when they’re setting up play equipment for a colleague’s child or helping with home improvement projects, off the clock. “It’s really exciting—it’s something I do not take for granted—the impact that I have now,” he says. “I’m so proud of my team and everything we’re doing—maintaining the building, improving the building—it’s a lot of pressure.” Being a part of something bigger than himself is a feeling he enjoys.

In his off time, Mike enjoys DIY projects, playing instruments of all kinds in his music studio basement, and working on the house he bought two years ago. He also hopes to find an opportunity to help another young person find their footing in his field, the way Ed did for him back in high school.