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Leadership

Administrative Leadership

David A. Passafaro

President

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David Passafaro was appointed president of New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) by the Board of Trustees beginning October 1, 2018.  Previously, he served as senior vice president of external affairs overseeing the offices of Community and Government Relations, Philanthropy, Real Estate and Construction. In his new role as president, Mr. Passafaro will lead the Baptist into the Beth Israel Lahey Health System and spearhead the effort to grow the brand into new markets.

Mr. Passafaro 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, Passafaro 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, Mr. Passafaro 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.

Mr. Passafaro 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.

Morgan Herman

Vice President, Philanthropy

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Morgan Herman was named Vice President for Philanthropy in October 2013. Morgan leads a comprehensive system-wide fundraising program to support our strategic direction and meet our short and long term opportunities in research, nursing excellence, capital improvements, endowments, innovation and medical education. Morgan oversees annual giving, major and principal gifts, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns.

Morgan has more than 15 years’ fundraising experience in Boston academic medical centers in small, medium, and large shops at various stages of maturity. Morgan came to the Baptist from Boston Children’s Hospital where she was Director of Major and Principal Gifts. Previously she held positions at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Morgan is a member of several professional organizations including the New England Association of Healthcare Professionals (NEAHP), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE) and The Friday Forum.

Morgan received her Masters of Business Administration from Simmons School of Management and her Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.

Mary Sullivan Smith, MS, RN

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nursing Officer & Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer

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Mary Sullivan Smith, MS, RN is responsible for the provision of high quality care within the inpatient and ambulatory environments.

Mary oversees inpatient and ambulatory care services. This encompasses Inpatient and Ambulatory Nursing and Perioperative Services, Information Technology, Quality and Patient Safety, Infection Prevention and Control, Occupational Health and Employee Health, Case Management, Rehabilitation Services, Laboratory and Pathology, Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Professional Development, Patient Education, Food and Nutrition, Environmental Services, Safety and Security, Patient Care Services Administration and Pastoral Care.

Mary joined NEBH in 2009 as Director of Patient Care Services, and shortly after was promoted to Associate Vice President, Patient Care Services. She has held additional roles since then including being named Vice President of Clinical Operations in 2013, Chief Nursing Officer in 2014, and Chief Operating Officer in 2015. She serves on the Board of Trustees as Chief Nursing Officer.

Prior to joining New England Baptist Hospital, Mary held a number of positions at Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, the most recent being Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. 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 an active member of the American Association of Nurse Executives and the Organization of Nurse Leaders.

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 is on the Board of Directors, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries and volunteers for Make A Wish Foundation.

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.

Clinical Leadership

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, Section of Physical Medicine/Rehab

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

Mark Slovenkai, MD
Chief, Foot & Ankle

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

Brian Hollenbeck, MD
Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases

Marilyn Griffin, MD
Chief, Section of Pulmonary Medicine

Amin F. Sabra, MD
Chief, Section of Neurology

Section Chiefs - Surgery

Farhat Homsy, MD
Chief, Section of General Surgery

Michael Kearney, MD
Chief, Section of Urology

Eric J. Woodard, MD
Chief, Section of Neurosurgery

Board of Trustees

Erven “Sam” Samsel
Chair

Peter Nichols
Vice-Chair

Donald Pogorzelski
Vice-Chair

David A. Passafaro
President

Frederick C. Basilico, MD
(Ex-officio), Secretary

Jason Amello

John “Jeb” Bachman

Keith Barnett

Shanuah Beamon

Christopher Collins

Jocelyn Frederick

Christopher Jenny

Jeffrey A. Libert

David A. Mattingly, MD
(Ex-officio)

James Rubenstein

Mary Sullivan Smith, RN
(Ex-officio)

Damon Spitz, MD
(Ex-officio)

Scott Tromanhauser, MD
(Ex-officio)

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