Care New England names new CEO
Keefe replaces John Hynes, who’s been the CEO since Care New England became an entity in 1996. Hynes is retiring at the end of the year.
Hynes tried twice unsuccessfully to merge Care New England (which includes Butler Hospital, Women and Infants, and Kent Hospital) with the Lifespan system (RI Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Bradley Hospital, and Newport Hospital). But the state’s rigorous merger application process proved to be too big of a hurdle.
Since then, Care New England and Lifespan have started working on some “plan B” agreements about ways the two hospital systems can work together without a merger. The idea is to join forces against hospital systems in Massachusetts that might draw patients away.
I’ll be talking to Dennis Keefe later in the day about his vision for Care New England. In the meantime, here’s the official press release.