Sandra L. Fenwick will be the next chief executive of Boston Children’s Hospital, Robert Weisman reports in today’s Globe. Fenwick is now president and chief operating officer. She will take over on Oct. 1. for Dr. James Mandell, who is retiring after 12 years in the post.
The unanimous vote by 19 members of the board of trustees, which includes physician representatives, signaled a desire for continuity as the hospital adjusts to sweeping changes in the health care market while seeking to remain a leader in pediatric care. Children’s draws about $250 million a year in research funding, more than any other pediatric hospital.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
“We are probably in the greatest period of change I’ve seen in over 30 years, not only in academic medicine in Massachusetts but in the whole country,” Fenwick said in an interview, citing hospital consolidation, looming federal funding cuts, and new payment models. “I think we’ve positioned ourselves to be sustainable financially so we can continue to serve all our patients and their families and to demonstrate the safety and quality we provide.”
The changing of the guard at Children’s is the latest in a series of moves that have reshaped leadership of most of the region’s prestigious academic medical centers in the past several years. New chief executives include Kate Walsh at Boston Medical Center, Elizabeth G. Nabel at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Howard Grant at Lahey Clinic, Kevin Tabb at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Eric Beyer at Tufts Medical Center.