Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, is the recent past chief executive officer of the Greater Waterbury Health Network and Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT. During the past six years, she patiently steered the organization through a complicated regulatory process for its sale to ensure its sustainability for the long term. In October, 2016, Waterbury Hospital and its Network were acquired by Prospect Medical Holdings, a for profit company headquartered in Los Angeles. After completion of the transaction – the sale – Darlene stayed on for six months to oversee the onboarding process of the new company.
Prior to coming to Connecticut, Darlene was CEO of Goodall Hospital, located in Southern Maine, where she guided the hospital to stability after years of struggling. Other roles include serving as senior vice president of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH, where she oversaw the strategy to rebuild a hospital following a five-year asset merger. She also served as a vice president at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH.
Her initial career was in journalism, working in newspapers in her native state of North Dakota. It was through a contractual part-time position at a hospital in Bismarck where she caught the “healthcare bug.” The complicated environment, the rapidity of change and the fact that one gets to work with really smart and very caring people while doing very meaningful work was contagious. Healthcare systems, she found, are not only an important community asset, but frequently the primary advocate for the people that need them the most.
Darlene is a past member of the national Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a 45,000-member organization that credentials health care leaders with their Fellow designation and the primary membership organization to advance healthcare quality through leadership. She recently completed a two year term as chair of the National Ethics Committee for ACHE. She also recently served on the American Hospital Association Metropolitan Advisory Council.
In all of her communities, she’s been an active member of the local Chamber of Commerce, United Way, economic development committees and hospital associations. In addition, in Connecticut she serves on the Naugatuck Valley Community College advisory committee and recently participated in Western Connecticut Leadership.
She has her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, ND, and her master’s in business administration from Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).