FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rob Brogna
WORCESTER - Douglas Brown, senior vice president and general counsel of UMass
Memorial Health Care, has been selected to serve as the interim president and
CEO of Marlborough Hospital. The announcement was made today by John O'Brien,
president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, and Richard Bennett, chair of
the Marlborough Hospital Board of Trustees.
Brown will replace John Polanowicz, who will depart Marlborough Hospital
effective May 6 to become president of St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Brown
will begin transitioning into the Marlborough Hospital position immediately.
Brown, who has been with the UMass Memorial Health Care system for eight
years, will continue in his current capacity as well as his new interim role at
Marlborough Hospital. "We are pleased that Doug will take on this important
role," said O'Brien. "He is a well respected and trusted leader and has
spearheaded a number of key and innovative UMass Memorial initiatives that have
improved governance and reduced risk. He will be a great fit with the team in
Within the UMass Memorial Health Care system, Brown also helped lead the
development of the system strategic plan and is very much focused on the future
model of health care delivery.
Brown's prior operational experience includes his direct oversight of the
then $6 billion state Medicaid program at the beginning of the Romney
Administration, during a time of severe fiscal crisis and organizational
restructuring. There, Brown managed a staff of more than 600 employees and led
the development of a number of successful initiatives, which were largely
adopted by the Legislature.
Brown holds a JD degree from Boston University School of Law and a bachelor's
degree in international relations/economics from Boston University.
Massachusetts Medical Law Report named him as a "Leader in Quality" in 2008, and
in 2009 he was selected as New England "In-House Leader in the Law" by
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and New England In-House magazine. He was also
selected as the 2009 recipient of the American Bar Association's "Outstanding
In-House Counsel Award" for distinguished service by an attorney employed in a
legal role at a nonprofit organization in the United States. He frequently
speaks at local and national conferences on health care issues, and is a
frequent writer on issues of on the health care industry.
A formal search committee has been formed to identify a new president and CEO
of Marlborough Hospital. The committee is led by Bennett, and will include a
number of the hospital's trustees. Once a number of candidates have been
identified additional trustees, medical staff and other staff will be included
in the interview process. It is estimated the process will take six months to