Connecticut system taps CEO amid Yale sale

Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings has named Deborah Weymouth president of its Connecticut operations, including Waterbury (Conn.) Health. 

Ms. Weymouth currently serves as CEO for Manchester-based Eastern Connecticut Health Network, according to a Feb. 13 news release shared with Becker's. She assumed her new role as CEO of Waterbury Feb. 9. 

Prospect Medical Holdings' Connecticut footprint includes Waterbury Hospital and two hospitals belonging to Eastern Connecticut Health Network: Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital in Vernon.

The Department of Revenue Services recently submitted liens indicating that the three hospitals owe a collective $67.39 million in taxes, and that Prospect has not paid taxes since March 2022. The company is working to sell its Connecticut hospitals to Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health. 

Yale, which initially inked the deal in November 2022, has since expressed concerns amid the slow regulatory approval process and a cyberattack that disrupted Prospect hospitals' IT systems. In an October letter to Gov. Ned Lamont, Ms. Weymouth called the sale "urgent." 

"Governor Lamont, we implore you to consider the urgent nature of our situation," she said in the letter. "Time is of the essence, and we cannot afford to let this opportunity for a more robust, efficient, and accessible healthcare system for our communities slip through our fingers once more. Everybody will be better off with the completion of the sale to Yale."

Ms. Weymouth succeeds Justin Lundbye, MD, who is leaving Waterbury Health March 8 to become president of Long Island, N.Y.-based Good Samaritan Hospital.

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