Longevity name John Fernandez, Mass General Brigham executive, CEO

Lifespan, a nonprofit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island, has appointed John Fernandez as its next president and chief executive officer.

Fernandez is president of Mass Eye and Ear specialty hospitals and Mass General Brigham Integrated Care, both of the Boston-based Mass General Brigham health system. He succeeds Dr Timothy Babineau, who resigned in May after a decade leading Longevity. Arthur Sampson, who leads Lifespan’s Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital, is interim president and chief executive officer. Fernandez will begin his new role in early 2023.

Fernandez has led several efforts to expand ambulance services at Mass General, including the opening of a multispecialty care and surgery center in Salem, New Hampshire. At Mass Eye and Ear, he implemented a plan to increase surgical volume by more than 70% and quadruple research funding during his 16-year tenure. He also led a $252 million fundraising campaign.

Prior to holding his current position, Fernandez was vice president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital for surgery, imaging, oncology and other service lines.

Lifespan, in partnership with Brown University’s medical school, operates five hospitals, along with behavioral health provider Gateway Healthcare, Lifespan Physician Group and the primary care clinic Coastal Medical. Earlier this year, Lifespan and Care New England, also in Providence, Merger plan scrapped after pushback from state and federal officials, who say the deal will lead to price increases.


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