CEO transitions

10/29/14

Kevin Smith, CEO, Announces Retirement

 Dale Lodge Named New CEO

 

WINCHESTER, MA – October 29, 2014 – Today, Kevin Smith, CEO of Winchester Hospital, announced that he will retire effective January 15, 2015. Smith served as CEO for five years and prior to that as executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001-2009. Additionally, the Winchester Hospital Board of Directors announced that Dale Lodge, the current president and chief executive officer of the Winchester Physician Associates and former CEO of Winchester Hospital, will assume the role chief executive officer.

Kevin's steady and impeccable character made him perfectly suited to steer Winchester Hospital through the unpredictable waters of today’s health care marketplace. He positioned Winchester Hospital, its patients and its staff for success, and he will be sorely missed,” said Paul Andrews, Chair of the Winchester Hospital Board and Member of the Lahey Health System Board of Trustees.

“Dale Lodge is well known to the Winchester Hospital community. His previous leadership in the organization has earned him consummate workforce credibility, making him uniquely qualified to continue Winchester Hospital’s winning culture. Dale understands the forces at work in an evolving industry landscape. He will know how to maximize the benefits of the Lahey Health model, delivering the best care in a local setting.”

Lodge served for ten years as president and chief executive officer at Winchester Hospital and for the past five years he has served as president and CEO of the Winchester Physician Associates.

“When Kevin succeeded me as CEO of Winchester Hospital, I was confident I was leaving the hospital in capable hands.  Kevin has been a steady presence for Winchester Hospital, and set our organization up for great success,” said incoming CEO Dale Lodge. “I’m honored to take on this role again, especially now that Winchester is affiliated with Lahey Health, and to build on the great results Kevin and his team achieved.”

Throughout the ongoing Winchester Hospital-Lahey Health integration efforts, Smith will continue to serve in an advisory capacity for Lodge, Howard Grant, JD, MD, president and CEO of Lahey Health and Michael Jellinek, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive officer of Lahey Health’s Community Network.

“I know that I will be leaving Winchester Hospital at one of the best stages of its life. The hospital is strong clinically, financially, and from a leadership perspective.  I leave here with great professional and personal pride knowing that Winchester Hospital is better for the work our team has done together,” said outgoing CEO Kevin Smith. “Dale is a trusted and experienced leader who has a clear vision for the future of Winchester Hospital. I know that under his leadership, Winchester Hospital will continue to thrive.”

“We are enormously grateful to Kevin for his leadership and substantial contributions to the strength of our system. He is leaving a legacy of uncompromising patient and work place focus that will continue for years to come,” said Howard Grant, JD, MD, president and CEO of Lahey Health.

“And we are delighted that Dale will serve as CEO moving forward. Without exception, there is great enthusiasm for Dale and great confidence in his ability to ensure Winchester Hospital’s continued success.”

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About Lahey Health

Lahey Health is what's next in healthcare, providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you live or work. It is comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning hospitals—including an academic hospital and medical center, and community hospitals—primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Lahey Health offers nearly 1,000 locally based physicians providing clinical excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation; neurosurgery, cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care; local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care provided in collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital physicians.

Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center—a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine—and Lahey Clinic physician group with practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire; Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass.; Winchester Hospital; Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities.

Together, we are making innovative, integrated healthcare more personal and more accessible. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Winchester Hospital, Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.