George A. Veccione

George A. Vecchione, 59, is president and chief executive officer of Lifespan, a major New England health care system with four partners in Rhode Island.

Vecchione, 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.

He 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.

In 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 in 1997.

In 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 Award.

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.