The New England Healthcare Assembly, a regional organization offering an educational and leadership forum for healthcare managers, last week announced it had accepted the resignation of its president, James S. Dolph, because of differences with the assembly's executive committee.
Dolph had been with the organization since 1972, becoming president in 1988 after serving as the assembly's director of education.
The assembly's 75th annual meeting in March drew 7,000 attendees, making it one of the nation's largest healthcare conventions.
But at a recent planning meeting for next year's convention and in discussions about a new strategic plan, "it became apparent that there was a lack of alignment and philosophical differences between Mr. Dolph and the executive committee relative to the future of NEHA," said James F. Lyons, the organization's chairman.
Lyons said it was "difficult to be specific" about what the differences were, but he did say the committee was concerned about the way it was evolving along with the changing healthcare industry. Though NEHA is enjoying a measure of success, "doing the past years over again...isn't going to do the job," Lyons said.
A national search is under way for Dolph's replacement, whose first job, Lyons said, "will be to work with the board and clarify the strategic plan and the role of NEHA."
Lyons, president and chief executive officer of Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass., will share the coordination of NEHA staff activities and planning until a new top executive is hired. The assembly board's immediate past chairman, J. Christopher Cutler, will provide part-time executive management support to NEHA's Portsmouth, N.H., headquarters.
Activities related to planning next year's annual meeting are peaking during the next few months, and Lyons said Dolph will be consulted during that "very crucial time of the year" for the organization.