Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Announces Appointment of Joanne Mather Conroy, MD, as Chief Executive Officer

Seasoned Veteran Brings More Than 25 Years of Health System Leadership Experience to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

May 06, 2014

BURLINGTON, MA (May 6, 2014) – Today Lahey Hospital & Medical Center announced Joanne Mather Conroy, MD, as its new Chief Executive Officer. Reporting directly to Lahey Health Chief Executive Officer Howard Grant, JD, MD, Dr. Conroy will officially assume her position on July 10, and will serve on the Lahey Health leadership team.

“I am elated that Joanne Mather Conroy, MD, has joined Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,” said Dr. Grant. “As a seasoned health care executive, she not only offers impressive operational and management experience but also an energizing vision for the future. We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Conroy’s caliber to strengthen the foundation of excellence already in place at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and advance our position as one of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations.”

In this role, Dr. Conroy will be responsible for assessing Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s clinical structure and management while continuing to create the most effective functional and accountable organization - capable of adjusting to the constantly changing health care environment. Additionally, Dr. Conroy will set the hospital’s operational imperatives, geared toward consistency of quality across all health care services provided to Lahey patients.

“From the moment I met with the leadership team, I knew I wanted to join Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,” said Dr. Conroy. “The organization and its extraordinary staff have positioned the hospital as an innovative leader in accountable care while constantly striving to improve the patient experience and serve the community. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

“In addition to her clinical excellence, Dr. Conroy has a proven track record of executive leadership, building consensus, improving operating performance and increasing both patient and staff satisfaction,” said Ann Marie Connolly, chair of the Lahey Clinic Foundation Board of Trustees. “The board is confident that she has the drive and passion to ensure Lahey Hospital & Medical Center continues to provide the safest, highest-quality care for which it is so well known.”

Dr. Conroy, named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Influential Women in Healthcare in 2011, brings to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center a strong track record of growing successful hospitals along with a thorough knowledge of all aspects of coordinated care, which is critical for the hospital in the ever-changing landscape of healthcare in Massachusetts. She joins Lahey Hospital & Medical Center from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, District of Columbia, where she spent more than five years as its Chief Healthcare Officer. In this role, she advanced AAMC’s strategic imperative of leading change to improve the nation’s healthcare system. By working with member medical schools and teaching hospitals, Dr. Conroy helped establish national health priorities and developed best practices to improve health by focusing on medical education, care delivery, research, diversity and inclusion. Prior to AAMC, Dr. Conroy served as the executive vice president of Atlantic Health System in Morristown, New Jersey. In that role, she also served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Morristown Memorial Hospital, a 687-bed facility that treats nearly a half million patients annually. Dr. Conroy also held multiple leadership positions at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), including appointments as president of the MUSC medical staff, director of residency education for the

Department of Anesthesiology, chair of the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, associate vice president for Medical Affairs, Executive Medical Director, and senior associate dean of the MUSC College of Medicine. Dr. Conroy also received her medical degree and completed her anesthesiology residency at MUSC. Dr. Conroy received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College.

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Lahey Health is what's next in healthcare, providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you live or work. It comprised 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; 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.; 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 and its member websites Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.