Robert Gilbert, Esq., Lawrence General board member since 2011, passes the board chair gavel to Mike Mancuso, former CEO of Philips Healthcare in Andover.
Lawrence General Hospital is pleased to welcome Carol L. Powers, JD, Dan Rivera, former Mayor of the City of Lawrence, and Shalimar Quiles, principal of the Oliver School in Lawrence, to its Board of Trustees. The announcement also marks the appointment of Mike Mancuso as Lawrence General’s board chairman. Mancuso receives the board chair gavel from Robert J. Gilbert, Esq., who will continue serving as ex-officio on the Lawrence General Hospital Board of Trustees. Mancuso, who joined the Lawrence General Board of Trustees in 2019, is the chief executive officer of Peloton Advisors LLC, a consulting and advisory company focused in health care and life sciences. Mancuso is also a former CEO of Philips Healthcare in his hometown of Andover.
As Lawrence General looks to the future, Lawrence General Hospital’s president and CEO Deborah J. Wilson says hospital staff, leadership and the Board of Trustees are all focused on initiatives impacting quality and patient experience, financial sustainability, value and innovation, an engaged and talented workforce, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
"Lawrence General is passionate about health care and community and I can't think of more talented and experienced individuals in those areas than those serving on our Board of Trustees," Wilson said. "This group shares a servant’s heart when it comes to the people we serve throughout the Merrimack Valley and beyond. With impressive reputations for leading meaningful initiatives, our board members bring ideas that empower our team to achieve great things. We are so grateful to have their experience and collaborative spirit on our Lawrence General Hospital Board of Trustees."
Three newly appointed members to Lawrence General Board of Trustees include some well-known leaders in the Merrimack Valley. Dan Rivera is the president and CEO of MassDevelopment, a role he took on after serving seven years as Mayor of the City of Lawrence. As Mayor of Lawrence, Rivera worked very closely with the team at Lawrence General and others to operationalize an enormous pandemic response to help those who were hardest hit by the pandemic.
Carol J. Powers, JD, brings a passion for community and medical ethics to the board and is currently the chairperson for the Ethics Committee of the Regional Office of the Department of Developmental Services (formerly the Department of Mental Retardation).
Proud Lawrence native Shalimar Quiles serves as the principal of the Oliver School and brings a wealth of turnaround knowledge and education experience to the Board of Trustees. Among her successes, Quiles led efforts in Lawrence Public Schools to reenroll nearly 200 high school students, decreasing the dropout rate by seven percentage points and increasing the graduation rate by nine percentage points in just one year.
Lawrence General’s newly appointed board chairman Mancuso — an active supporter of numerous nonprofits and long recognized health care change agent — is confident the hospital has the strategy, people, passion and commitment to emerge from the pandemic even stronger as the region’s destination community-focused hospital and health system.
“Lawrence General is rated one of the top 250 hospitals in the United States. I'm honored and humbled to be the chair of a distinguished group of Trustees and work with an incredibly dedicated and professional management team and staff,” Mancuso said. “As health care continues to evolve in the post-pandemic world, Lawrence General will be at the forefront in quality care, innovation and technology, and patient experience. The Merrimack Valley is very fortunate to have a renowned hospital locally.”
Lawrence General’s president and CEO says Mancuso is the right person to build on the enormous 10-year legacy of previous Lawrence General Board chair Gilbert.
“Bob Gilbert’s positive impact on Lawrence General Hospital and the community we serve cannot be understated,” Wilson said. “His leadership and advocacy not only created a legacy of growth and innovation, but also paved the way for the important work ahead of us. I was so grateful to have Bob by my side through some of the most challenging days of the pandemic and look forward to his continued friendship and advocacy for the outstanding work we’ll continue doing for our community.”
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