Are you concerned about new leadership coming to the state’s two biggest health care systems at the same time?

PUTTING CO-CEOS IN CHARGE of a proposed hospital merger between Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health Systems could lead to conflict and the arrangement should be short-term, according to health care administration experts and local stakeholders. Care New England has been led by president and CEO James E. Fanale since 2018, while Lifespan has been headed by its president and CEO Tim Babineau since 2012. / PBN FILE PHOTOS DAVE HANSEN MICHAEL SALERNO
LIFESPAN CORP.’S Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, left, and Care New England Health System’s Dr. James E. Fanale in the past month have both announced plans to step down as CEO and president of their respective health systems. PBN FILE PHOTOS/ DAVE HANSEN AND MICHAEL SALERNO

In the past month, the leaders of Rhode Island’s two largest health care systems both announced plans to step down, following their latest failed attempt to merge.

In April, Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, CEO and president of Lifespan Corp., said he’ll resign at the end of this month.

On May 11, Dr.  James E. Fanale,  CEO and president of Care New England Health System, said he’ll retire early next year.

In February, Attorney General Peter F. Neronha rejected a proposed merger of the two systems with partner Brown University.

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Both health systems face fiscal challenges and significant, pandemic-fueled staffing shortages.

In March Lifespan, the larger of the two, said it had 2,300 openings. CNE at the time had more than 900 jobs available.

Are you concerned about new leadership coming to the state’s two biggest health care systems at the same time?

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