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Huggins Hospital announces new CEO

MICHAEL P. CONNELLY has been appointed as Chief Executive Officers of Huggins Hospital, succeeding interim CEO Les MacLeod. The Tuftonboro resident has served as interim Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the hospital since July 2011. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
July 04, 2012
WOLFEBORO — The Huggins Hospital Board of Trustees is proud to announce the appointment of Michael P. Connelly, CPA, as the new Chief Executive Officer of the hospital. Connelly joined Huggins Hospital in July 2011 as the Interim Chief Financial Officer and transitioned into the position of Chief Operating Officer in the following months.

Former Huggins CEO Les MacLeod, who has been assisting with the transition, has worked closely with Connelly during the past six months. "Mike brings a wealth of knowledge about the health care industry to Huggins Hospital," said MacLeod. "We are fortunate to have someone with such broad and varied experience. I feel very confident in Mike's ability to provide inspired leadership for the staff and an exceptional experience for our patients."

Connelly has worked in the health care industry for more than 25 years. During this time, he has worked with integrated delivery systems, academic medical centers, single and multi-specialty physician groups, human service providers, emergency medical service providers, community health centers, and community hospitals. Connelly's areas of expertise include executive leadership, turnarounds, strategic planning, finance, governance, contract negotiation, and physician practice/hospital department operations. He is particularly well known for his ability to build teams and drive improved financial and operational performance for health care institutions.

"We have a new, state-of-the-art hospital and very dedicated, experienced, and compassionate medical and hospital staff," said Stephen Wainwright, Board of Trustees Chairman. "We are pleased to add Mike's outstanding leadership skills as Huggins Hospital looks toward a future of providing high quality care to the communities of the eastern Lakes Region."

Prior to joining Huggins Hospital, Connelly was the President and CEO of ProviderLogic, Inc., a Boston-based health care consulting firm. From 1997 to 2007, Connelly was with the Partners HealthCare System (the parent company of Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital) in Boston. During that time, he held various senior management positions in finance, hospital operations, and physician practice operations.

A certified public accountant, Connelly received a BS in Accounting from Salem State College, with honors, and an MBA with a concentration in Operations Management from Bentley College. From 2010-2011 he served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter where he has been active since 1993. Additionally, from 2005 to 2008, Connelly served as the treasurer and chair of the finance committee of the Board of Directors for Bridgewell, Inc., a non-profit human services provider located in Lynnfield, Mass. Connelly has also served on the adjunct faculty at Simmons College and the Boston University School of Public Health where he taught several courses on non-profit accounting and healthcare finance.

"I've been very impressed with what I have seen at Huggins Hospital so far," said Connelly. "There are many opportunities for Huggins Hospital to become a leading rural hospital in New Hampshire." Connelly has already been working closely with Les MacLeod to make significant improvements in billing, registration, and quality, to name a few. "The patient experience is our top priority. From the first phone call to a provider or hospital department to the patient care experience and right through the billing process, we are focusing on providing exceptional quality health care."

One of the changes has been the appointment of Susan O. Warren, OT, as the Quality Improvement Coordinator. Warren has been working on a variety of quality initiatives with a wide range of hospital departments. The staff and community were invited to a First Annual Quality Fair in April which was very well received by all those who attended. The quality initiatives for next year's Fair are already in the works. "It's great to see the enthusiasm among the staff to brainstorm ideas that have turned into measurable improvements that have affected the hospital financially, and most importantly, the patient experience," said Connelly.

"As we look to the future of Huggins Hospital, we strive to provide exceptional quality and patient-centered, cost effective care," added Connelly. "Everything we do is focused on the patient and his/her individual experience. That's something patients should expect from a rural community hospital." In addition, with the hospital's network relationships with larger tertiary care and trauma facilities, patients can be treated and stabilized at the hospital and transported via ambulance or DHART med flight for more advanced medical treatment.

A native of Massachusetts, Connelly has enjoyed getting to know New Hampshire and the Lakes Region in particular. "It's such a beautiful area with an active and friendly community." Connelly has been living in Wolfeboro since last July and recently relocated to Tuftonboro on June 1. He is married with three children, two in college and one in high school. An avid golfer and skier, Connelly is enjoying the many outdoor activities offered in this area and is looking forward to meeting community members both in Wolfeboro and the many communities served by Huggins Hospital.

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