St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center names Kevin Hannifan as hospital’s new president

Kevin Hannifan, a veteran hospital administrator who has worked in New York, Hartford, and Philadelphia, has been named president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton.

Hannifan replaces John Polanowicz, who left St. Elizabeth’s at the end of last year to become Massachusetts secretary of health and human services. St. Elizabeth’s is a Catholic community hospital owned by Boston-based Steward Health Care System.

Before joining St. Elizabeth’s, Hannifan was senior vice president for operations at the Tisch and Rusk hospitals in New York and executive vice president and chief operating officer at Hartford Hospital. Previously, he was chief executive at Methodist Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He holds an economics degree from Catholic University and a masters in health administration from Duke University.

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