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Greenwich Hospital President Diane Kelly to retire at end of year

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Greenwich CT (June 4, 2024) – Culminating a career spanning more than four decades, Greenwich Hospital President Diane P. Kelly, DNP, RN, announced her plans to retire at the end of the calendar year. Kelly has served as the hospital’s president since June 2020, taking the helm amid a global pandemic, and has also served as chief nursing executive for Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) since 2022.

“During my five years working with Diane, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner,” said Greenwich Hospital Board Chair W. Robert Berkley, Jr. “She led our hospital during the height of COVID, deftly guiding us through some of the most challenging days, yet never lost site of the clinical growth plan for Greenwich Hospital, which has progressed tremendously under her forward-thinking leadership. Diane’s commitment to bringing new technologies, programs and physicians to Greenwich has enabled patients to access services not typically available in a community hospital setting. She has set Greenwich Hospital on a trajectory of growth that will continue for generations to come.”

Kelly began her healthcare career at the Berkshire Medical Center where she quickly rose through the ranks, starting as a staff nurse, moving into various clinical and leadership roles, including Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Clinical Leader, director of Patient Safety, and vice president of Quality & Safety. She was promoted to chief operating officer in 2008 where she remained until coming to Greenwich Hospital a decade later.

“Diane has been a dedicated and passionate leader throughout her career and is widely respected in the hospital and nursing community,” said Christopher O’Connor, CEO, Yale New Haven Health. “Since joining Greenwich Hospital as chief operating officer in 2018, she has made a clear and a positive impact on the entire health system. As the chief nursing executive, she ensured that nursing was central to all efforts to enhance safety and quality in the inpatient and outpatient settings.”

Kelly has been a strong advocate of advancing the mission as a premier YNHH academic health system, ensuring that Greenwich Hospital provides differentiated and nationally recognized services in the community. Under her leaders, Greenwich Hospital launched its first campaign in 25 years with its $125 million Arc of Care Campaign. Building on that momentum, Kelly has advocated for and overseen expansion in several key specialty areas including neuroscience, cancer care, heart and vascular, urology, psychiatry and behavioral health, pediatrics, and emergency care – with the most recent accomplishment being Greenwich Hospital’s Trauma Level III designation.

“It has been an honor to lead the Greenwich Hospital team and to work in collaboration with extraordinary men and women dedicated to caring for those who trust us with their health care,” said Kelly. “It is a true privilege to have served on the Yale New Haven Health leadership team. I am also tremendously grateful that I have had the opportunity to be part of the Yale New Haven Nursing Division, alongside nurses who are the finest I have worked with over my 40- year career. Health care has been not just a career, but an intrinsic part of who I am.”

Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich is a 206-bed (includes 32 isolettes) community hospital serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is a academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine. Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. Greenwich Hospital is recognized throughout the healthcare industry as a leader in service and patient satisfaction excellence. Greenwich Hospital has the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence.

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