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Lahey Health Announces Appointment of Michael S. Jellinek, MD, as Chief Executive Officer for Community Network

Seasoned Health Care Executive Brings More than 35 Years of Clinical and Health System Leadership to this Newly Created Position

July 16, 2014

BURLINGTON, MA – Today Lahey Health announced Michael S. Jellinek, MD, as its new chief executive officer for Lahey Health Community Network. Reporting directly to Lahey Health chief executive officer Howard Grant, JD, MD, Dr. Jellinek officially assumed his position on July 14.

In this newly created position, Dr. Jellinek is responsible for leading the effective operations of community-based and post-acute care across the Lahey Health system, and ensuring that its community hospitals, related ambulatory-care facilities and non-acute care services are aligned with the Lahey Health strategic model for broad, community-based integrated health care services. Additionally, he will work with Lahey Health’s primary care leadership team to develop and deploy a broad, community-based primary care strategy that integrates with other system entities.

“As Lahey Health continues to grow, and we effectively treat more patients in the community, it is critical that every element of our system operates with maximum efficiency,” said Dr. Grant. “Michael Jellinek will ensure we do just that. He is a dynamic and decisive leader with unmatched team-building and collaboration skills and an impeccable track record of innovation and achievement in both hospital and clinical operations. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber to help us set our vision for the future and produce optimal results.”

“I believe in Lahey Health’s vision – that a health care system with well-coordinated and integrated services in the community provides the highest quality, services to our patients,” said Dr. Jellinek. “Lahey Health is an innovative leader in accountable care, and I look forward to working with its dedicated physicians and clinicians to provide the highest quality health care in the communities we serve. “The leadership here has created tremendous momentum, and I look forward to helping advance Lahey Health’s position as one of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations.”

Dr. Jellinek brings to Lahey Health more than 35 years of healthcare system and hospital administration experience, and an impeccable track record of collaborative clinical program development and successful hospital growth. He joins Lahey Health from Partners HealthCare System, where he spent two years as chief clinical officer. In this role he oversaw eCare, Partners’ installation of Epic clinical and administrative systems, and population health management. As part of his work, he led a team that created system-wide physician and hospital incentive programs, established governance, and in the area of safety revised system-wide committees and quality reports.

Prior to Partners, Dr. Jellinek spent 11 years as president of Newton Wellesley Hospital, a 240-bed community teaching hospital in Newton, MA. In his time at Newton Wellesley Hospital, his team improved the hospital’s budget performance from a 15 million dollar million deficit to over a 20 million dollar surplus, and its net patient service revenue by $300 million. In addition, he initiated many capital investments for Newton Wellesley, including the emergency department, operating rooms, inpatient areas, parking and cancer center. Dr. Jellinek spent 33 years at Massachusetts General Hospital in increasingly senior roles, including, senior vice president for administration, vice president for ambulatory services, and associate chief of psychiatry.

Dr. Jellinek is a highly regarded child psychiatrist, and is board certified in pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child/adolescent psychiatry. He has been a professor of psychiatry and of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School since 1996, has written 124 original reports, 240 chapters and articles, and edited six books. In addition, he co-developed with J. Michael Murphy EdD the Pediatric Symptom Checklist, which is the most widely used brief screening instrument to help primary care pediatricians identify children with emotional problems. This questionnaire achieved endorsement by the National Quality Forum and is used worldwide. He holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia College and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He spent his residency training at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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About Lahey Health

Lahey Health is what's next in healthcare, providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you live or work. It is comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning hospitals—including an academic hospital and medical center, and community hospitals—primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Lahey Health offers nearly 1,000 locally based physicians providing clinical excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation; neurosurgery, cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care; local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care provided in collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital physicians.

Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center—a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine—and Lahey Clinic physician group with practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire; Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass.; Winchester Hospital; Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities.

Together, we are making innovative, integrated healthcare more personal and more accessible. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.

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For more information:
Kyle B. Reilly
Director of Media Relations
Lahey Health
781.744.9665
kyle.reilly@lahey.org