Frank Corvino to retire after 26 years at Greenwich Hospital

After 26 years at the helm of Greenwich Hospital, Frank Corvino, president and CEO, will retire effective Dec. 31.

He’ll also be retiring from his position as executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS). His retirement will bring to a close a 43-year career in healthcare. Mr. Corvino joined Greenwich Hospital in 1988 as senior vice president and chief operating officer. In 1991, he was promoted to president and CEO and he assumed the role of executive vice president with YNHHS in 1998.

In the retirement announcement, hospital officials were quick to note that during his tenure, Mr. Corvino advanced Greenwich Hospital’s performance clinically, operationally and as an employer of choice. Notably, he spearheaded the rebuilding of the entire Greenwich Hospital campus over an 11-year period, without interrupting patient service.

Hospital officials called him “a pioneer in healthcare, embracing advances and opportunities before they were realized by others.” They credited his recognition of the value of being part of a system that brought Greenwich Hospital into the Yale New Haven Health System in 1998. Reflecting his vision about the importance of a modern, comfortable environment in which to provide patient care, he launched two $70-million campaigns, resulting in the opening of the Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Medical Building in 1999 and the Thomas and Olive C. Watson Pavilion in 2006.

“When we first got here, the place was a good hospital but it wasn’t a great one… I think we’ve put the infrastructure in place here, we’ve got an excellent management team, great employees. The culture here is totally about patients — we’ve really almost perfected the Greenwich Hospital experience and the place will continue to be a top quality regional hospital for many, many years to come,” Mr. Corvino told the Post this week.

Greenwich Hospital has become a premier healthcare facility with a national reputation for exceptional patient experience, as evidenced by the hospital’s receipt of the prestigious Summit Award from Press Ganey Associates for five consecutive years. In addition, patients have rated Greenwich Hospital the top acute care hospital in the tri-state region in overall satisfaction and willingness to recommend. Mr. Corvino is especially proud of the patient experience that Greenwich Hospital offers, which attracts a clientele with a reach throughout Fairfield and Westchester.

“We’ve developed a culture of safety here and a patient experience that is just top of the line. We really care about people, our employees care about people and they care about each other… The communities we serve have been so wonderful… We’re blessed with patients and communities that will give back to keep the hospital a special place,” said Mr. Corvino.

Mr. Corvino currently serves on the boards of the Connecticut Hospital Association, Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, ONS Foundation and Cabrini Elder Care in Westchester. He has received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Malcolm T. MacEachern CEO Award, and has been honored by the Columbus Citizen’s Foundation as well as many other organizations.

His dedication and service to Greenwich Hospital won’t end upon his retirement. He’s accepted the hospital’s offer to help with fund raising, a project that he says he genuinely enjoys. He hopes to spend more time with his family and friends, and pursue other interests such as consulting, serving on corporate boards and traveling.

“You always want to move out when you’re in a good place… I’d like to lend some of the knowledge I’ve gleaned to continue to make a difference,” said Mr. Corvino.

He has a great sense of pride upon leaving. He says that he’s been blessed to have led Greenwich Hospital for 26 years, and he is honored to have worked alongside some of the best physicians and staff in the country. While his retirement was a difficult decision, he said he’s confident he’ll be leaving the hospital in a good place, at a time when patient care and safety is at an all-time high.

“Greenwich Hospital has been enormously fortunate to have had Frank’s leadership for so many years,” said Dan Mosley, Greenwich Hospital board of trustees president. “Greenwich Hospital would not be a top regional healthcare provider without Frank’s leadership and tireless dedication. Although retiring as CEO, Frank has agreed to continue assisting the hospital in the areas of development and fund raising, among others, and we are fortunate to retain his depth of experience and knowledge.”

Yale New Haven Health System will conduct a national search for Mr. Corvino’s replacement with the goal to have his successor in place before the end of the year. The process will begin shortly, and include both the Greenwich Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System Boards. Ideally, a new candidate would be determined by roughly October or November

When asked what advice he’d give his replacement,  Mr. Corvino said prioritizing patient care and satisfaction were most important.

“I think as we move in to the future, healthcare is more and more challenging. Whoever takes over has really got to focus on the patient as much as, if not more than finances. Finances will take care of themselves if the patient satisfaction and Greenwich Hospital experience continue to be high. I’m sure whoever comes in will espouse those values,” said Mr. Corvino.

 

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