Belcher to retire as head of CharterCare, RWMC and Our Lady of Fatima get new chiefs

Prospect CharterCare LLC announced Thursday a number of changes in its executive team as well as in its management structure. More

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Belcher to retire as head of CharterCare, RWMC and Our Lady of Fatima get new chiefs

COURTESY PROSPECT CHARTERCARE
KENNETH H. BELCHER is stepping down as CEO of Prospect CharterCare Aug. 29 after serving as the head of Roger Williams Medical Center and then CharterCare Health Partners since late 2005.
COURTESY PROSPECT CHARTERCARE
KIMBERLY O'CONNELL is moving up from vice president and general counsel for Prospect CharterCare to become president of Roger Williams Medical Center, the parent of the hospital announced Thursday.
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Posted 7/10/14

PROVIDENCE – Prospect CharterCare LLC announced Thursday a number of changes in its executive team as well as in its management structure.

Kenneth H. Belcher, CEO of CharterCare Health Partners from its creation through the just-concluded deal that affiliated CharterCare with Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings Inc., is stepping down as head of the health system effective Aug. 29, the for-profit venture announced Thursday afternoon.

Prospect CharterCare formally began operations June 20, with Prospect owning 85 percent of the joint venture and CharterCare Community Board (the successor to CharterCare Health Partners’ local board) owning 15 percent. The new entity owns and operates Roger Williams Medical Center, St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island/Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Elmhurst Extended Care.

Belcher, who prior to leading CharterCare was the president and CEO of Roger Williams Medical Center, made the decision to retire despite reported efforts by Prospect CharterCare to keep him on. “He will truly be missed,” said Tom Reardon, president of Prospect East Holdings Inc. “We thank him for his incredible dedication and hard work in helping to make this innovative partnership a reality.”

Until a replacement for Belcher can be found, Reardon will become interim CEO of Prospect CharterCare.

In addition to the news about Belcher, Prospect CharterCare announced three new executive appointments, effective immediately.

Kimberly O’Connell, previously vice president and general counsel for Roger Williams Medical Center and for CharterCare Health Partners, has been named president of the hospital. Tom Hughes has been named president of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. He had been acting senior vice president of clinical support services for Care New England Health System. And Matt Roy will lead physician integration, a new role at Prospect CharterCare. He has been a hospital chief financial officer, a group practice manager and a consultant, according to the company.

In addition to thanking Belcher for his service, Prospect CharterCare Chairman of the Board Ed Santos said the enterprise was excited “to begin the process of achieving the joint venture’s goal of collaboration and cooperation among providers to help transform the way in which health care is delivered to the citizens of Rhode Island.”

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