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Leadership

Administrative Leadership

David A. Passafaro

President

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David Passafaro is president of New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), where he is responsible for leading the Baptist into the Beth Israel Lahey Health System and spearheading the effort to grow the brand into new markets. Previously, he served as senior vice president of external affairs overseeing the offices of Community and Government Relations, Philanthropy, Real Estate and Construction.

David has extensive government and political experience, serving as Chief of Staff for the Office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and President of Boston 2004 Inc., a single purpose, not-for-profit entity, charged to represent the City in staging the Democratic National Convention. In the early 1980’s, he served in Washington D.C. working for the U.S. Senate and in the early 1990’s as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. and Boston with the firm McDermott/O’Neil & Associates.

Prior to joining NEBH, David served as vice president for business development at Suffolk Construction Company where he was responsible for business development and client relationships for clients in the commercial, hospital, healthcare and higher education sectors in the Northeast.  He also served as Vice President for Business Development at William A. Berry & Son Construction and Managing Director for Real Estate at Cambridge Associates Holdings Company.

Previously, David  served on several boards and commissions, including: Boston Medical Center, Board of Trustees, Finance Chairman; Chairman of Boston Medical Center Insurance Co., LTD and GMPCI, LTD, both captive insurance companies; Zoo New England Board of Directors; and City of Boston Rent Equity Board.

David holds a BA in Political Science from Marquette University, 1976, and a MA in International Affairs and Foreign Policy from Georgetown University, 1979.

Thomas Gheringhelli, MSF, FHFMA

Senior Vice President, Finance Chief Financial Officer

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Thomas J. Gheringhelli is senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer of New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) and its affiliates.

Prior to his start at NEBH in 2003, Gheringhelli was corporate director of financial planning for CareGroup, Inc., director of decision support for Pathways, Inc., and senior financial analysis for the Deaconess Hospital.

In his CFO role, Tom provides financial insight in the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic initiatives. He is also a steward of the finance and compliance functions.

Tom’s finance functions include financial reporting, accounting, budgeting, patient access, patient accounts, capital planning, decision support, payer contracting, purchasing, materials management, medical records, reimbursement, cost report & tax filings, and investments (endowment & pension). He actively participates in debt financing as part of the CareGroup (CG) Obligated Group.

Tom currently staffs the NEBH’s Board, Finance, Audit, Compliance, Internal Audit, Compensation committees and routinely attends the Executive Committee meetings. He is also the treasurer for the employed physician group (New England Baptist Medical Associates) and the hospital-physician entity (New England Baptist Clinically Integrated Organization). Other commitments include the CareGroup Finance and Audit Committees, CG CFO Council, the Greater Boston Musculoskeletal Board (Dedham’s ASC) and most recently, the NEB-BIDMC Joint venture board.

Tom holds a Master’s degree in Finance (MSF) from Bentley College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from Northeastern University. He has also been certified as Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA-1997) and most recently became a member of the MHA Leadership College, class of 2015.

Val Giordano, RN

Chief of Staff and Vice President, Real Estate

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As chief of staff, Val Giordano, RN serves as strategic advisor and counsel to the President. Additionally, she is vice president, real estate, and is responsible for all real estate transactions, leasing, and the master planning process.

Val joined NEBH as a consultant to assist with Joint Commission survey preparation and site survey coordination, and shortly after was promoted to director of capital projects for patient care services. She has held additional roles, including assistant vice president for support services, radiology, facilities and construction.

Prior to joining NEBH, Val held several positions including Vice President, Nursing and Perioperative Services at Premier, Inc./Yankee Alliance, Nurse Management Consultant for Concepts in Healthcare and Director of Business Operations for Surgical Services and Hospital Wide Materials Management at New England Deaconess Hospital. She has also served in several clinical staff positions.

Val holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salem State University and an Advanced Studies Certificate in Healthcare Facilities Management from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Linda Thompson, MBA

Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Service Excellence

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Linda Thompson serves as the Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Service Excellence, a position she began in April 2000. Linda has over 28 years of experience and expertise in all facets of human resource strategic planning and administration.

As VP of Human Resources and Service Excellence, Linda is responsible for overseeing all HR functional areas, including compensation, benefits, talent management and acquisition, succession planning, employee/labor relations, training/organizational development, HRIS, strategic management, volunteer and student services, amenities, physician recruitment, physician practice management and service excellence.

Linda is one of the driving forces behind New England Baptist Hospital’s Legendary Service initiative and is known for developing and implementing creative recruitment and retention initiatives.

Her professional associations include the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Massachusetts Healthcare Human Resources Association and American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA). She served on the Board of Directors, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries from 2009-2018 and has just been elected to the ASHHRA Board of Directors.

Linda received her Master’s in Business Administration with a Certificate in Health Care Administration from New Hampshire College (Southern New Hampshire University) and a Bachelors of Art in Business from Simmons College. In addition, she has a Certificate of Achievement in Human Resources Management, Certificate in Strategic Organizational Leadership and a Certificate in Mastering Human Resources Organizational Effectiveness from Villanova University and a Certificate of Strategic HR leadership from Cornell University ILR school.

Jayne Carvelli-Sheehan, MSN, RN, CS

Senior Vice President, Musculoskeletal Network Development

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Jayne Carvelli-Sheehan, MSN, RN, CS is Senior Vice President for Musculoskeletal Network Development at NEBH. In this role, she is responsible for identifying care retention and new patient acquisition opportunities.

Prior to joining NEBH, Jayne served as Senior Vice President, System Integration and Care Coordination at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and System. Over her career she has held various roles including staff nurse, nurse manager, director of nursing, and over the last 25 years, Senior Vice President for Ambulatory and Emergency Services where she oversaw more than one million ambulatory clinic and outpatient procedural visits and 55,000+ emergency/trauma visits on an annual basis.

Jayne sits on several not-for-profit boards. She is Co-Chair of the Health Services Board at Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, and is on the Board of Directors at Boston Medflight, where she serves as Clerk and Chair of the Board of Medflight’s Development Committee, which recently launched a 21 million capital campaign. She is a past member of the Board of Director’s for Outer Cape Health Services.

Jayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Salem State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College.

Mary Sullivan Smith, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer &Chief Nursing Officer

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Mary Sullivan Smith, MS, RN is an accomplished healthcare executive with over 30 years of progressive clinical leadership experience. She joined the staff of NEBH in 2009. She was appointed chief nursing officer in 2014 and subsequently chief operating officer in 2015. She serves on the NEBH Board of Trustees as a voting member.

Prior to joining New England Baptist Hospital, Mary was vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Tufts Medical Center. Mary holds a master of science in Health Services Administration from Lesley University, a bachelor of science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a diploma in Nursing from the New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. She is a doctoral student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Mary led the organization to achieve ANCC Magnet® Recognition in 2019. She is passionate about creating an environment of high reliability. Excellence in patient care delivery and patient experience are the cornerstones of her practice.

She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders, the American Nurses Association, the Organization of Nurse Leaders, MA, RI, NH, VT, CT., and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

Clinical Leadership

Tricia Ide, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Executive Director, Quality & Patient Safety, Clinical Education & Professional Development, Inpatient Nursing & Magnet Program Director

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Tricia Ide, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is the Executive Director for Quality, Patient Safety and Patient Experience, Clinical Education and Professional Development,  Inpatient Nursing and Magnet Program Director at New England Baptist Hospital. She is responsible for managing the overall high-quality performance and quality improvement structures throughout the organization. She also co-chairs the musculoskeletal quality collaborative for Beth Israel Lahey Health. Tricia developed and coordinated the Continuous Improvement Academy at NEBH that firmly established the yellow, green and black belt levels for quality improvement.

Tricia has led NEBH through a variety of successful regulatory and survey events with special recognition of The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip/Knee Certification and the ANCC Magnet written document and site visit. As the Magnet Program Director, Tricia led the department of nursing and the organization to achieve ANCC Magnet® Recognition in 2019.

Tricia received her BSN from Simmons College, her MS from Regis College and her DNP from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She is the recipient of the 2019 New England Baptist Hospital inaugural A. Elizabeth Kolligan Nursing Scholarship Award; the 2017 New England Baptist Hospital President’s Award for Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety; and she was the 2011 Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence National Finalist Category in Management. Tricia is dedicated to making quality of care a priority and is active in improving orthopedic care and nursing practice.

Gail C. Sebet, MSM, RN, CNOR

Executive Director Surgical Services Boston Campus and NEBOCC, Inpatient Rehab Department, Respiratory Therapy, and Pain Clinic

Mary Sullivan Smith, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer &Chief Nursing Officer

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Mary Sullivan Smith, MS, RN is an accomplished healthcare executive with over 30 years of progressive clinical leadership experience. She joined the staff of NEBH in 2009. She was appointed chief nursing officer in 2014 and subsequently chief operating officer in 2015. She serves on the NEBH Board of Trustees as a voting member.

Prior to joining New England Baptist Hospital, Mary was vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Tufts Medical Center. Mary holds a master of science in Health Services Administration from Lesley University, a bachelor of science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a diploma in Nursing from the New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. She is a doctoral student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Mary led the organization to achieve ANCC Magnet® Recognition in 2019. She is passionate about creating an environment of high reliability. Excellence in patient care delivery and patient experience are the cornerstones of her practice.

She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders, the American Nurses Association, the Organization of Nurse Leaders, MA, RI, NH, VT, CT., and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

Vice Chair/Section Chiefs-Orthopedics

James Bono, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Orthopedics

Kenneth M. Leavitt, DPM
Chief, Section of Podiatry

James Rainville, MD
Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Glen Ross, MD
Chief, Sports Medicine, Chief, Section of Shoulder and Elbow

Mark Slovenkai, MD
Chief, Foot & Ankle

Eric Smith, MD, FAOA
Chief, Arthroplasty

Carl Talmo, MD
Vice Chair, Orthopedic Research

Andrew L. Terrono, MD
Chief, Section of Hand Surgery

Scott G. Tromanhauser, MD
Chief, Section of Spine Surgery

Lee Okurowski, MD, MPH, MBA
Chief, Section of Occupational Medicine

Section Chiefs - Medicine

Frederick C. Basilico, MD
Chief, Section of Cardiology

Kenneth Bauer, MD
Chief, Section of Hematology

Roberto Cruz-Gervis, MD
Chief, Section of Hospitalist Service

Marilyn Griffin, MD
Chief, Section of Pulmonary Medicine

Brian Hollenbeck, MD
Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases

Michael Kearney, MD
Chief, Section of Urology

Amin F. Sabra, MD
Chief, Section of Neurology

Section Chiefs - Surgery

Farhat Homsy, MD
Chief, Section of General Surgery

Eric J. Woodard, MD
Chief, Section of Neurosurgery

Board of Trustees

Erven “Sam” Samsel
Chair

Christopher Collins
Vice Chair

David A. Passafaro
President (Ex-officio)

Jason Amello

John “Jeb” Bachman

Thomas Barker, Esq.

Keith Barnett

Frederick C. Basilico, MD
(Ex-officio)

Shanuah Beamon

Gregory H. Cahill

Jocelyn Frederick

Christopher Jenny

Stanley Lewis, MD
(Ex-officio)

Jeffrey A. Libert

David A. Mattingly, MD
(Ex-officio)

Nancy Nager

James Rubenstein

Damon Spitz, MD
(Ex-officio)

Mary Sullivan Smith, RN
(Ex-officio)

Scott Tromanhauser, MD
(Ex-officio)

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