Dr. Joanne Mather Conroy has been named CEO at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, Mass., and also will serve on the leadership team of Lahey Health, the medical center's parent. She begins her new duties July 10.
Conroy, 58, has served for the past five years as chief healthcare officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, where she has worked with teaching hospitals across the country to establish national health priorities. Prior to her AAMC post, Conroy served as the executive VP of Atlantic Health System, Morristown, N.J.
Conroy was named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2011.
Charles Shields will become the new president and CEO of Kansas City, Mo.-based Truman Medical Centers, replacing veteran CEO John Bluford III, who plans to retire in July.
Shields, 54, is currently COO of TMC Lakewood, one of the safety net system's two acute-care hospitals. At TMC Lakewood, Shields oversaw the addition of a birthing center, an imaging center, a center for breast cancer and the Fairmount Family Medical Care clinic, according to a news release.
“Charlie was a great addition to the TMC team four years ago,” Bluford said, “and I am confident that he has exactly the right mix of business savvy, people skills and political acumen to lead Truman through today's rapidly changing healthcare landscape.”
Shields served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1991 to 2002 and as a state senator from 2002 to 2010.
Lisa Shannon has been named COO of KentuckyOne Health, Louisville, the largest health system in the state. Effective July 21, she will lead an executive team and be responsible for strategic and operational plans for the system's acute-care and ambulatory services.
Shannon, 48, has more than 25 years of healthcare administration experience. Most recently, she worked as COO of Spectrum Health System, Grand Rapids, Mich., where she led efforts to boost margin and improve operations that helped the system reduce costs by $170 million over two years.