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Lester P. Schindel Named CEO of CharterCARE Health Partners

Lester P. Schindel has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of CharterCARE Health Partners, a coordinated regional health care network that operates Roger Williams Medical Center, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and a number of affiliated physician and health provider entities.

Schindel has spent the past five years as CEO and President of Steward Holy Family in Methuen, Mass., and Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Mass., a 402-bed, two-campus hospital north of Boston that employs more than 2,100 health professionals, has a combined medical staff of 650 doctors and generated $280 million in net revenues last year. In addition, he has extensive experience in physician practice development and in the development of innovative collaborations and partnerships with allied health providers.

He will succeed Thomas Reardon who has served as Interim CEO and who will continue as President of Prospect East Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Prospect Medical Holdings., Inc. CharterCARE Health Partners is jointly owned by Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. and CharterCARE Community Board.

“Our national search for a system CEO has led us to Lester, whose ability to manage a similar health system while developing effective strategic initiatives makes him a perfect fit for our organization,” Reardon said. “His experience will be critically important as CharterCARE continues to sustain, improve, and grow in Rhode Island.” 

“I look forward to working with the CharterCARE physicians and staff and to guiding our system through a healthcare marketplace that, while challenging in many regards, also presents opportunities for organizations that deliver exceptional quality, improve access to services and manage costs,” stated Schindel.

Schindel will lead the further development of CharterCARE Health Partners. In particular, he will oversee the implementation of CharterCARE’s strategic plan, which envisions an integrated, multi-level network of healthcare providers to provide convenient access to high-quality care at lower costs. The complete network is expected to include urgent care centers, diagnostic services centers and additional physician groups.

Prior to leading Steward Holy Family and Merrimack Valley Hospital, Schindel was CEO of Essent Merrimack Valley Hospital, COO of Metrowest Medical Center in Natick, Mass and COO of Leonard Morse Hospital, also in Natick.

Schindel is a graduate of Rutgers University and received a master’s degree in health care administration from George Washington University. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Schindel has delivered numerous addresses to a variety of national and regional health care organizations.