As you may know, since December, we have been working tirelessly to implement changes that will help our organization move forward in a way that is as strong and supportive as possible for our community, and that allows us to better serve those who rely on us. As part of those efforts, I am pleased to let you know that we have hired a long-term interim CEO for Fenway Health who will run the day-to-day operations until a permanent CEO is brought on. Given the work necessary to guide Fenway through this period of transition, the Board of Directors concluded that Fenway would be best served by hiring an executive who is experienced in shepherding organizations through meaningful change.
Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, MBA, is the recent past chief executive officer of the Greater Waterbury Health Network and Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT. During the past six years, she steered the organization through a complicated regulatory process for its sale to ensure its long-term sustainability. After completion of the sale, Darlene stayed on for six months to oversee the onboarding process of the new company. Darlene will begin her work with Fenway on Monday, January 22. She will be working closely with the Board of Directors and Fenway’s Management Team to ensure (among other things) that we maintain our excellent standards of service and support, that we foster a supportive, positive and collaborative workplace environment, and that all facets of our organization continue to grow and thrive.
We are incredibly grateful to Jane Powers, Fenway’s Director of Behavioral Health, who served as our short-term interim CEO. Jane will work closely with Darlene not just as an internal advocate for Fenway’s employees, but also as a leader in devising and implementing positive change.
I want to extend my thanks to everyone who has continued to stand by Fenway Health. Change is never easy, and meaningful change even less so, but with your support, I am confident that Fenway will emerge from this situation better positioned to care of and advocate for our patients, and our community, than ever before.
Chair, Board of Directors
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