December 27, 2010         

Waterbury Hospital Announces Interim President and CEO 

Stephen R. Laverty will oversee hospital operations as search continues for permanent top executive 

WATERBURY Waterbury Hospital today announced that Stephen R. Laverty has been named Interim President and CEO of both the hospital and its network of affiliates as the search continues for a new permanent top executive. 

The Board of Directors of the Waterbury Hospital Health Network has been conducting an extensive search to replace outgoing President and CEO John Tobin, whose retirement is effective as of December 31. Tobin announced his departure in April after 35 years of service – 24 as top executive. Because the date of Tobin’s retirement is drawing near, the Board decided to seek out an Interim President and CEO to continue overseeing hospital operations while the search continues for a permanent top executive. This will enable the search to continue in a thoughtful and careful manner. 

With that in mind, the Board today announced that it has appointed Laverty to assume the role of Interim President and CEO effective January 3. Laverty will be charged with all the responsibilities and authority of the positions, working closely with the Board to ensure that the hospital continues to meet its mission of providing a full range of high quality health care services to the region. 

Laverty, 57, comes to Waterbury Hospital with extensive experience as a health care leader, having served as President and CEO of both Northeast Health System, Inc. and Children's Hospital Boston.  Laverty's entire professional career has been as a hospital executive, having served as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President and Chief Executive Officer in various institutions during his career. 

“We are confident that the appointment of Mr. Laverty as Interim President and CEO will ensure that Waterbury Hospital and its affiliates continue to provide the highest quality health care to the people of Greater Waterbury,” said Carl Contadini, Board Vice Chairman. “The search we are conducting is extremely important to the hospital’s future and the crucial role it plays in the community, which is why we are taking great care throughout this process.” 

The search process has been conducted by Phillips DiPisa of Boston, a national health care executive search firm. Over 200 candidates have been screened and vetted, and a special search committee appointed by the hospital board has narrowed the field down to a small pool of candidates, Contadini said.

“We feel we are approaching the end of the process,” he said.

Waterbury Hospital is the largest private employer in the Greater Waterbury region, and serves a vital role in the economic vitality of Western Connecticut. It is a private, non-profit acute care teaching hospital licensed for 367 beds and affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Founded in 1890 as Waterbury’s first and Connecticut’s fourth hospital, Waterbury Hospital is a full-service community health-care institution with centers of excellence in primary care, cardiac services, behavioral health and orthopaedics.