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Fenway Health Announces Hiring of Chief Clinical Officer

BOSTON, MA—Fenway Health announces today that Aimee Carew-Lyons, PhD, RN, CPNP, will join the organization as its Chief Clinical Officer. Carew-Lyons brings 30 years of experience designing and implementing high quality, equitable, and cost-effective clinical programs and practices. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Franciscan Children’s Hospital, where she oversaw a staff of 650 and a budget of $65 million.

“Throughout her career, Aimee has transformed clinical systems in strategic, innovative, and financially sustainable ways that improve patient care, advance equity, and cultivate engaged cultures of continuous learning among clinical staff,” said Fenway Health CEO Ellen LaPointe. “Aimee will be central to our efforts to implement patient-centered, team-based care across all of our clinical services and to advance health equity in all that we do.”

Priorities for Fenway Health’s Chief Clinical Officer include optimizing clinical operations for quality, safety, patient experience, and clinical provider performance and engagement. The Chief Clinical Officer will implement and iterate patient-centered, team-based care models, practices, and procedures that are designed and evaluated using an intersectional racial equity lens.

“My passion in healthcare is finding ways to serve people who are underserved, and that’s why I’m so excited to join Fenway Health,” said Carew-Lyons. “Fenway was founded on the premise that healthcare is a right not a privilege. From its earliest days it provided healthcare to people who could not get it anywhere else. I’m looking forward to advancing this legacy by working with Fenway’s clinicians to build a team-based culture that centers patients and clients and utilizes data to identify and mitigate health disparities in Fenway’s care and service.”

Carew-Lyons is a healthcare operations expert who has led multiple systems change initiatives that have improved healthcare outcomes and workplace culture for clinical staff while reducing costs. At Franciscan Children’s Hospital she introduced a shared governance structure and instituted professional development pathway for nurses that increased staff retention. As an organizational leader, she has cultivated engaged, highly skilled, racially and linguistically diverse staff focused on delivering high quality, compassionate, and cost-effective care that prioritizes the health and safety of patients and their families.

Prior to working at Franciscan Children’s Hospital, Carew-Lyons worked at Boston Children’s Hospital where she oversaw clinical and administrative operations for tertiary and quaternary services for the medical-surgical ICU, critical care transport team, life support program, and emergency communications center. While there, she oversaw the design, development, and implementation of six additional pediatric ICU beds to the existing ICU unit, and revised clinical staff benchmarks that resulted in increased patient care and satisfaction.

Carew-Lyons holds a doctorate in Nursing Population Health from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her doctoral work focused on health equity. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Boston College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Northeastern University. She lives in Boston with her wife, four daughters, and four dogs.

Carew-Lyons will begin work at Fenway Health on June 14.

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