“We set out to identify a person capable of leading our care system into the future who also has a proven track record of success in the operations of a health system,” Pitoniak said. “We also wanted a strong collaborator who can bring together the components of our care system for optimal patient care, and a leader who could build upon our affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital while strengthening our local system.
“The Search Committee enthusiastically agreed that Joanne is the right person to build on Cooley Dickinson’s success and further improve the quality of patient care and our patients’ experiences,” he added.
The Board of Trustees of Massachusetts General Hospital, the parent organization of Cooley Dickinson Health Care, also ratified the appointment of Marqusee as CEO.
At Hallmark Health, Marqusee is responsible for overall operations of the community-based health system, which is comprised of acute care hospitals Lawrence Memorial of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield of Melrose, with more than 300 beds, as well as several ambulatory care centers, a home health agency, and a school of nursing. She has led significant improvements in clinical quality and safety, financial stability, service excellence, and employee, physician, and patient satisfaction.
“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve Cooley Dickinson and its community,” Marqusee said. “During the past few months, I have had the opportunity to meet so many people involved with the organization and to learn about its proud history. I have been continuously impressed with the commitment of the staff, physicians, and board to providing the highest quality care in a comfortable and compassionate environment. I am particularly pleased to be joining Cooley Dickinson as its affiliation with Mass General continues to take shape, and I look forward to helping advance the delivery of services to patients through population health and a broad range of collaborative programs.”
Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, called Marqusee a team player who understands health care from various important perspectives. “Joanne has worked at community hospitals and academic medical centers and has seen firsthand the value of being part of a health care network,” he said. “Insightful and smart, she brings strong leadership skills into this new role. I look forward to working with Joanne and the entire Cooley Dickinson team in the months and years ahead as we build upon this nascent relationship and focus our efforts on organizing services in a way that will ensure access to the highest quality affordable care for patients and families in the Pioneer Valley.”
Before joining Hallmark Health, Marqusee was senior vice president, operations, at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She led both clinical and non-clinical departments. Marqusee joined that organization in 1992, and held a series of progressively responsible positions before, during, and after the merger of Beth Israel and Deaconess hospitals in 1996. Earlier in her career, Marqusee held positions in government, including at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and New York State Department of Health.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics at Cornell University and a master of public policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Marqusee will succeed President/CEO Craig Melin, who will retire from Cooley Dickinson on Jan. 31 after more than 25 years in the position. Pitoniak will serve as acting president/CEO from Feb. 1 through March 30.
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