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Women & Infants chief of medicine leaving for Lifespan

February 23, 2011

In an email sent to employees on Tuesday, George Vecchione, the President and CEO of Lifespan, announced a new hire.

I am now pleased to announce that Karen Rosene-Montella, MD, has been appointed to the position of senior vice president for women’s services and clinical integration for the Lifespan system. Dr. Rosene-Montella will report to Timothy Babineau, MD. At the same time, she will be appointed Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes in the Department of Medicine.  It is anticipated that Dr. Rosene-Montella will be joining Lifespan in September.

People get appointed to new positions all the time, but this announcement was different because Dr. Rosene-Montella is currently Women and Infant’s chief of medicine.

Lifespan says Dr. Rosene-Montella’s new job is part of  efforts to rethink the way it delivers care, particularly around creating so called “patient centered care.”

I have a call out to  Dr. Rosene-Montella to ask why she decided to leave Women and Infants. The hospital itself wasn’t available to comment, but should get back to me tomorrow.

It’s also possible some other Women and Infant doctors will be leaving with Rosene-Montella.  Rhode Island Hospital’s public relations person had this to say-

There are some doctors who may chose to follow Dr. Rosene-Montella, but I’m unable to provide any additional information at this time.

More on this story as it develops…

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