Rhode Island Hospital president to leave amid Lifespan losses

Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence are losing their president, Margaret M. Van Bree, according to The Boston Globe, which cites an announcement from the hospitals' parent company.

Ms. Van Bree, who has been president of the hospitals since 2015, will leave her roles at year's end, Providence-based Lifespan announced.

The health system's spokesperson, Brenda Greene, declined to comment to the Globe about the reason for Ms. Van Bree's departure.

The announcement of Ms. Van Bree's departure comes after Lifespan reported significant operating losses in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. Lifespan reported operating losses of $55 million in fiscal year 2019, and the company's net loss totaled $35 million. Amid the losses, Lifespan is making efforts to cut costs, including offering early retirement packages to some employees.

Ms. Greene told the Globe that John Murphy, MD, Lifespan executive vice president of physician affairs, will serve as interim president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital, effective Jan. 1.


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