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Yale New Haven Health names Richard Lisitano as new president for Lawrence + Memorial Healthcare

Thursday, July 13, 2023

New London, CT/ Westerly, RI (July 13, 2023) – Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) has named Richard (Rich) Lisitano as the new president of Lawrence + Memorial Healthcare (Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Westerly Hospital and VNA of Southeastern Connecticut) and executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health effective July 17. He replaces Patrick Green who accepted a position at UF Health Jacksonville.

“Rich has an extensive background in transforming organizational operations across the health system,” said Christopher O’Connor, CEO and president of Yale New Haven Health. “His experience as a strategic senior operations executive reflects a reputation for consistently optimizing operations, improving performance and delivering sustainable financial results.”

Lisitano has been senior vice president of Operations at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) since 2021 and has been employed at YNHH since 1996 when he started as director of Pharmacy. He holds a Master of Science from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut.

Lisitano, who has ascended the leadership ranks, has a record of contributions with Yale New Haven Health including the growth of various service lines for Urology, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics and Digestive Health; and developing/executing/integrating system-wide Epic EMR across five separate campuses.

“Rich’s institutional knowledge across our system will be an asset as he leads Lawrence + Memorial and Westerly hospitals on the journey to greater operational excellence and strategic growth,” said Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPS, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Yale New Haven Health. “L+M and Westerly h

ospitals have experienced tremendous growth over the past six years as more patients are seeking specialized, high quality care in these communities, closer to where they live, work and play.” “I’m honored to have been selected to lead and work alongside the staff at Lawrence + Memorial and Westerly hospitals,” said Lisitano. “I look forward to partnering with employees, the physicians and our community partners to enhance the health of the communities we serve.”

A Connecticut native, Rich and his wife Ann are the proud parents of three young men.

Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS), the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in Connecticut, is recognized for advanced clinical care, quality, service, cost effectiveness and commitment to improving the health status of the communities it serves. YNHHS includes five hospitals – Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial, Westerly and Yale New Haven hospitals, several specialty networks and Northeast Medical Group, a non-profit medical foundation with several hundred community-based and hospital-employed physicians. YNHHS is affiliated with Yale University and Yale Medicine, the clinical practice of the Yale School of Medicine and the largest academic multi-specialty practice in New England. Yale New Haven Hospital is the primary teaching hospital of Yale School of Medicine.