George A. Veccione
A. Vecchione, 59, is president and chief executive officer
of Lifespan, a major New England health care system with
four partners in Rhode Island.
a native of New York City, is a certified public accountant.
He also holds a master’s degree in health care management
systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy,
NY, and an undergraduate degree in accounting from St. Francis
College in Brooklyn, NY.
began his career in 1967 with the accounting firm Haskins
and Sells, and entered health care in 1970 as assistant
director of finance with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New
York. In 1976, Vecchione began a 12-year period of service
as president and chief executive officer of the New Rochelle
Hospital Medical Center, a 481-bed teaching facility in
Westchester County, NY.
1988, Vecchione was named executive vice president and director
of The New York Hospital, a 1,077-bed acute care facility
that is the principal teaching hospital of Cornell University
Medical School. He was instrumental in the merger of The
New York Hospital with Presbyterian Hospital (a 1,093-bed
facility that is the principal teaching hospital for Columbia
College of Physicians and Surgeons) and was appointed executive
vice president of The New York Presbyterian Healthcare System
Rhode Island, Mr. Vecchione serves as Chairman of the Board
of the Rhode Island Quality Institute as well as serving
as a member on the boards of the Hospital Association of
Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.
He was appointed by the Governor to be member of the Governor’s
Economic Policy Council. Mr. Vecchione was honored with
Modern Healthcare Magazine’s 2003 CEO IT Achievement
While in New York, Mr. Vecchione served as chairman of the
board of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).
He is a recipient of one of the highest awards of the American
College of Healthcare Executives, the Regents Award for
Senior Level Executives. A Fellow in the Healthcare Financial
Management Association, he was honored by the organization’s
William G. Follner and Robert H. Reeves merit awards for
outstanding service. Mr. Vecchione also has been recognized
as the United Way’s Man of the Year.
Mr. Vecchione and his wife, Melanie, have two grown children.
Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Lifespan was
formed in August 1994 by the merger of Rhode Island Hospital
and The Miriam Hospital, two principal teaching affiliates
of the Brown University School of Medicine. Current Lifespan
partners are Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s
Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Bradley Hospital, and Newport
Hospital. From 1997 through November 2000, Tufts-New England
Medical Center was also a member of the system.