EBCAP names new chief medical officer

EAST PROVIDENCE – East Bay Community Action Program has named Dr. Lisa Denny as its new chief medical officer.

Denny, who was the company’s associate medical director before the promotion, is replacing Dr. Sarah Fessler, who held the position for more than 20 years.

“EBCAP is grateful to both Dr. Denny and Dr. Fessler for their dedication to improving the health and well-being of those we serve in the community,” said Dennis Roy, CEO and president of EBCAP. “We look forward to advancing our community-focused health care services under Dr. Denny’s very capable leadership. And while Dr. Fessler is giving up her duties as EBCAP’s CMO, we look forward to her remaining as an integral member of our health care team.”

Denny, who has more than 20 years of experience in primary care medicine, was appointed associate medical director of EBCAP in February 2022. In her new role as chief medical officer, she will manage daily operations, recruit new physicians and improve clinical services.

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“I have spent the past 20 years working to create health care systems where patients receive the care they need when and where they need it,” Denny said. “I look forward to being part of EBCAP’s leadership team as we continue to grow our three health centers to meet the needs of the East Bay community and maintain our legacy of excellent clinical care.”

During her tenure, Fessler oversaw the conversion of patients’ health information to an electronic medical records system; the certification of the Health Services Division as an Accountable Entity Program; and the expansion of medical and community support services during the COVID-19 pandemic. She plans to continue to care for her patients, as well as expand her clinical hours.

“As a community health physician and advocate, I am very proud to have been a part of the many quality care initiatives implemented at EBCAP over the years,” Fessler said. “There is always so much more we can do, and I look forward to the future growth and development of EBCAP’s community health initiatives under Dr. Denny’s guidance.”

Claudia Chiappa is a PBN staff writer. You may contact her at Chiappa@PBN.com.