Partners names Klibanski president and CEO

BOSTON – Dr. Anne Klibanski has been named president and CEO of Partners Healthcare, making her the first female CEO of the health care system.

Klibanski has been serving as interim president and CEO since February, when Dr. David Torchiana retired. The company announced the appointment Wednesday morning.

Partners recently withdrew a bid to acquire Care New England following an intervention by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, who called upon Rhode Island’s two largest health care entities, CNE and Lifespan, to try to come to a merger agreement.

Partners, which already owns and operates a hospital outside of Massachusetts in New Hampshire, is reportedly expanding its footprint in the Granite state.

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The company has 75,000 employees and several hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

At the time of Torchiana’s departure, The Boston Globe reported that there had been tension with Torchiana and two major hospital leaders over company strategy.

The company said that since taking the reigns at the health care giant, Klibanski has overseen “several major initiatives, including Partners 2.0 and a number of high-level board task forces aimed at examining a range of crucial strategic and operational issues at Partners.”

Klibanski previously served as chief academic officer for Partners, a position she held beginning in 2012.

“Over the past several months, it has become increasingly clear to each member of the board that Anne is the ideal leader for Partners as we move forward together as a truly integrated system,” said Scott Sperling, chair of the Partners board of directors, in a statement. “Anne has done an outstanding job of managing this large and complex system as we continuously work to provide care of exceptional quality at the lowest possible cost.”

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. You may reach him at