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Leadership Team

Our Senior Leadership Team, composed of senior executives in the Harrington HealthCare System, meets regularly with President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Moore to set policy, make executive decisions and develop short-term and long-term strategy for the organization.

Edward Moore, President and CEO

As President and CEO of Harrington Hospital, Ed Moore is responsible for the overall operation and expansion of both the hospital and the entire Harrington HealthCare System. He has led the effort to bring the hospital’s offerings to the community, through the opening of medical office buildings and other satellite facilities.

Moore, with oversight of the Board of Directors, also has individual responsibility for all members of the Senior Leadership Team and the Behavioral Health Service Line.  Ed works to develop and implement the overall strategic direction of the Harrington HealthCare System, and is responsible for its financial health.

He has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare management. Moore came to Harrington in July 2007 from MetroWest Medical Center, where he was Chief Operating Officer as well as the Administrator for the center’s Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, Mass. Prior to that, he held executive positions at Eastern Connecticut Health Network in Manchester, Conn.; VHA Northeast in Braintree, Mass.; Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass.; Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, R.I.; and Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass.

Moore received an MBA in Hospital Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Management, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

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Jess Calcidise, Vice President, Nursing and Ancillary Operations

Jess Calcidise oversees the Case Management, Clinical Documentation, Nursing Administration and Interpreter Services Departments.  She is also responsible for Critical Care Services in the Emergency Departments and the ICU/CCU as well as Diagnostic Imaging, Nursing on the inpatient units (Pediatric and Medical-Surgical) and Nursing Education management.

Calcidise was most recently the chief nursing officer for Mercy Medical Center, Weldon Rehab Hospital and Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, and served as vice president for patient care services at Sisters of Providence Health System.

Over the past decade, Calcidise has had operational responsibility including management, staffing and performance, as well as quality and patient safety metrics.

Calcidise is Six Sigma and Lean certified, as well as Just Culture certified. Additionally, she has received recognition for her efforts and results in improving employee engagement and patient satisfaction.

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Chris Canniff, Vice President, Administration

Chris Canniff oversees all Human Resource functions at Harrington HealthCare System, including personnel, compensation and benefits, physician contracting, recruitment and retention.  He also oversees Business Development, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Public Relations, Development,  Volunteer, Self-Wellness and Community Outreach Services.

Canniff has both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in Albany, N.Y. and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

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Michel Frejka, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Harrington Physician Services

Michal Frejka is responsible for all the executive, administrative and financial operations of Harrington Physician Services, a corporation that employs Harrington Hospital’s primary care and specialty care physicians, other providers and their staffs.

Frejka has 28 years of executive healthcare operations management experience. In the last 20 years, he’s focused primarily on ambulatory care operations and is known for building outpatient, physician-based profit centers. He has worked in the full spectrum of healthcare business environments: privately owned, private equity owned, publicly traded and not-for-profit.

Most recently Frejka was the Chief Operating Officer at Murray Hill Medical Group, the largest free-standing primary care based multispecialty group in Manhattan.

Frejka has a bachelor’s from Vassar College and a Master’s of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Thomas Hijeck,  Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations

Tom Hijeck is responsible for clinical care provided to patients at all Harrington HealthCare facilities, including Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Harrington HealthCare at Webster and The Cancer Center at Harrington.  He also oversees all of Harrington’s Surgical Services as well as Ancillary Services including the Pharmacy, Laboratory, Sleep Lab, CompreCare, Preventative Medicine and Rehabilitation Departments including Cardiac Rehabilitation.

In Addition, Hijeck oversees all patient safety issues as well as quality, risk management activities and infection prevention functions throughout Harrington HealthCare System, including interacting with regulatory agencies such as the Department of Public Health and The Joint Commission.

Hijeck’s career in health care has spanned more than 35 years and included positions as a staff nurse, educator, clinical specialist, Chief Nursing Officer, and Administrator.

He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing from the University of Rochester and completed the fellowship program at Johnson & Johnson — Wharton Program for Nurse Executives at the Wharton Business School. Hijeck has been published in Nursing Clinics of North America, Nursing Administration Quarterly, and has penned a chapter in a critical care textbook.

Before becoming VP of Patient Care Services for Harrington, he held positions at Strong Memorial Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and MetroWest Medical Center.

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Harry Lemieux, Vice President, Support Services & Chief Information Officer

Harry Lemieux is responsible for all Information Technology systems, including telecommunications, throughout Harrington HealthCare System.  He also oversees Harrington’s Public Safety, Environmental Services, Plant Operations, Supply Chain, Food/Nutrition, Biomedical Engineering and Wound Care Center Services.

Lemieux previously served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Morton Hospital in Taunton, Mass., where he was responsible for developing an integrated and progressive Information Technology infrastructure. Before Morton, Lemieux provided end-to-end consulting services to small to mid-size physician practices.

Lemieux has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, R.I., and is working toward his Master of Business Administration at Bryant University.

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Dr. Arthur Russo, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Russo is responsible for medical quality and clinical program planning, medical staff functions and credentialing.  Russo also manages HPS physician leadership and oversees the Medical Library and Harrington’s CME program.

Dr. Russo has 35 years of healthcare experience and is a board-certified internist.

Dr. Russo has previously held several physician executive positions including CEO of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and, subsequently, University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Russo has also served on the boards of many hospitals and healthcare organizations.

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Thomas Sullivan, Vice President, Fiscal Services and Chief Financial Officer

Tom Sullivan is responsible for setting financial strategy and overseeing the financial operations of the entire Harrington HealthCare system.  He also oversees Harrington’s Physician Hospital Organization in addition to Accounting, Billing, Medical Records and Compliance, Patient Access and Central Scheduling/Central Referral Departments for Harrington Hospital.

Sullivan has worked in healthcare for more than 35 years, both for regional and national healthcare organizations and for not-for-profit as well as for-profit institutions. He has been Chief Financial Officer in the Caritas HealthCare System, the University of Massachusetts Memorial system and the Tennessee-based Vanguard Health Systems, where he was in charge of financial operations at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. Sullivan began his career as a regulator.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vt., and both a Masters in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from Bentley College in Waltham.


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