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Meet Our Board Officers and Senior Leadership Team


Officers

Debra Rahmin Silberstein, Esq.

Ms. Silberstein is an Andover resident and serves as the current chair of the Lawrence General Board of Trustees. She is an attorney specializing in trusts, estates, philanthropic and tax-related matters and elder law. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Syracuse University, and earned her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law. Ms. Silberstein also has a PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School, Brandeis University. She is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar and the Lawrence Bar Association, as well as the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys.

In addition to her volunteer work on the Lawrence General Board, Ms. Silberstein is also a member of the Board of Visitors at McLean Hospital, and a member of the American Hospital Association Governance Committee. Debra is a consultant to the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University's Heller School, and also serves on the Planned Giving Advisory Council for the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Silberstein is a former member of the Finance Committee (and chair) of the Andover School Committee.

Dana Marks, Treasurer

Mr. Marks is a certified public accountant and partner in the firm AAFCPAs. Since 1981, he has been advising closely-held and family-run businesses and a variety of nonprofit organizations in the fields of technology, manufacturing, retail and distribution, providing audited financial and operation information that assists in informed decision making and improved business performance. His experience with the complex reporting and compliance requirements of non-profits has benefited schools and religious organizations, as well as human and social services organizations. Mr. Marks is the chair of the Finance Committee of the Lawrence General Hospital Board of Trustees and also serves on the hospital's Investment Committee, as well as the Compliance, Audit and Risk Committee. Mr. Marks also serves as treasurer and board member of the American Red Cross of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, and Aspire Developmental Services.

Robert J. Gilbert, Esq.

Mr. Gilbert is the founder and managing partner of Gilbert and Renton LLC in Andover. For 31 years, he has represented a variety of clients in complex insurance, business, product liability, environmental and real property disputes. Prior to opening his firm, Mr. Gilbert practiced commercial litigation in firms in Boston and San Diego, California and attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Mr. Gilbert is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. His is board member of the Essex County Bar, and past president of the Lawrence Bar Association. Mr. Gilbert is Secretary and Clerk of Lawrence General Hospital and chairs the Facilities and Grounds Committee of the Lawrence General Hospital Board of Trustees. 

Dianne J. Anderson, RN, MS

Ms. Anderson is the president and chief executive officer of Lawrence General Hospital. Under her leadership, Lawrence General has transformed from a community hospital to a regional medical center and has engaged in collaboration with other health care providers, including securing new services for patients through clinical affiliations with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, and many other excellent local partners. 

A pediatric nurse, Ms. Anderson's career in health care spans more than thirty years and includes three years of international experience building and opening Health Care International Medical Centre in Scotland, a Harvard-affiliated hospital. Her background includes positions held at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children; Boston Children's Hospital, Glen Falls Hospital in New York; and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she served as vice president of Clinical Operations prior to her appointment at Lawrence General. 

Deborah J. Wilson

Ms. Wilson has more than 34 years of experience in health care finance and operations. Prior to becoming the executive vice president at Lawrence General, she served as chief executive officer at Bridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates and as the senior vice president of Operations at Signature Healthcare. She spent six years at Deloitte Haskins & Sells and then worked at Partners HealthCare System. 

At Lawrence General, Ms. Wilson oversees financial and strategic initiatives. She has overseen key strategic initiatives including completion of the Andover Medical Center site and Lawrence General's multi-year Master Facility Plan, which included a new surgical building and inpatient renovations. She is the past president of the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter and served on its board for eight years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Boston College. 

Cynthia Phelan

Ms. Phelan has more than 30 years of experience in the health care field. Her human resources expertise focuses on labor and employee relations, benefits, compensation, and recruitment and retention. She has implemented successful workforce development programs; has redesigned human resource models to better serve customers and has reorganized Lawrence General's benefits structure. In addition to her human resources duties, Ms. Phelan also serves on the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board, Northern Essex Community College Advisory Council, is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Massachusetts Hospital Association Human Resources Working Group. She received her Bachelors Degree in Management and a Master of Business Administration each from Rivier College of New Hampshire.  

Senior Leadership

Dianne J. Anderson, RN, MS

Ms. Anderson is the president and chief executive officer of Lawrence General Hospital. Under her leadership, Lawrence General has transformed from a community hospital to a regional medical center and has engaged in collaboration with other health care providers, including securing new services for patients through clinical affiliations with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, and many other excellent local partners. 

A pediatric nurse, Ms. Anderson's career in health care spans more than thirty years and includes three years of international experience building and opening Health Care International Medical Centre in Scotland, a Harvard-affiliated hospital. Her background includes positions held at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children; Boston Children's Hospital, Glen Falls Hospital in New York; and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she served as vice president of Clinical Operations prior to her appointment at Lawrence General.  

At Lawrence General, Ms. Wilson oversees financial and strategic initiatives. She has overseen key strategic initiatives including completion of the Andover Medical Center site and Lawrence General's multi-year Master Facility Plan, which included a new surgical building and inpatient renovations. She is the past president of the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter and served on its board for eight years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Boston College. 

Pracha Eamranond, MD, MPH

Dr. Eamranond has spent his career dedicated to furthering the health of underprivileged populations. He currently is the senior vice president of Medical Affairs and Population Health at Lawrence General, where he works to improve the experience of a largely underserved patient population in the Merrimack Valley, as well as Southern New Hampshire.

In Dr. Eamranond's leadership roles, he is responsible for developing interventions to provide patient-centered, evidence-based care as patients transition across the continuum of health care. He is also primarily responsible for spearheading initiatives aimed at improving population health across the Merrimack Valley, which bears a high incidence of obesity, cardiovascular disease, mental health disorders, and substance abuse. In addition, Dr. Eamranond teaches at the Harvard Medical School and sees patients as a hospitalist and primary care physician. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at Yale University. Dr. Eamranond has also completed a research fellowship and has a Master in Public Health from Harvard University.

Karen Moore, RN, MS, FACHE

Ms. Moore is an experienced health care executive with more than 35 years in senior executive roles. Her career path spans more than 25 years as a senior hospital executive, nursing leader, and senior consultant with a passion for transforming organizations for greater accountability and performance, and is distinguished by accomplishments in improving hospital quality, work environments, financial performance, and the patient/family experience in a variety of hospital settings. She is currently the senior vice president of Operations & chief nursing officer at Lawrence General. 

Ms. Moore has completed a post graduate fellowship in neurosciences at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Master of Science in Nursing Administration. For 18 years, she then assumed vice president roles in the community hospitals advancing to chief operating officer and chief executive officer roles. Ms. Moore currently serves as the president for Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was recently seated as the Massachusetts delegate on the American College of Healthcare Executives Board of Regents. Ms. Moore has received a distinguished leadership award from the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives. She also is the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ms. Moore received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston State College and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

Robin Hynds, RN

Ms. Hynds has 20 years of health care experience, in roles ranging from direct patient care to administration. She has extensive knowledge of health care leadership and management, case/care management, utilization management, discharge planning, and ambulatory care management. Ms. Hynds is instrumental in applying significant emphasis on high level strategies and payment structures that are moving health care from a volume-based to a value-based reimbursement environment. She has improved care coordination and a care management, leading to significant revenue optimization for Lawrence General, as well as established a framework for a care delivery system  beyond the walls of the hospital. Her expertise includes building a post-acute network and achieving success through the Massachusetts Delivery System Transformation Initiative, The Health Policy Commission's Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization and Transformation (CHART) Initiative, and Medicare's Pioneer Accountable Care Organization and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Bundled Payment Programs. Ms. Hynds has built a top-notch integrated care team and is currently working on creating and operationalizing the Merrimack Valley Accountable Care Organization and other related risk contracts. Ms. Hynds leadership role also includes implementing strategic goals related to expanding Lawrence General's reach into the community by adding multiple sites and service lines. 

Ms. Hynds has a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration from Endicott College, and is a certified Professional in Healthcare Management. 

Ziad Alfarah, MD

Dr. Alfarah is a Geriatric and Palliative Care physician who started his career working with the underserved population in the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. Since joining Lawrence General, Dr. Alfarah has assumed several leadership roles in the organization, including directorship of the Hospitalist program. He is currently the chief quality officer at Lawrence General and has the goal of incorporating the high reliability framework in health care organizations. In his work as an associate vice president of Medical Affairs, Dr. Alfarah has been committed to fostering alignment between physicians and Lawrence General, building new service lines, and enhancing local capacity to avoid preventable transfers to Boston.

He is an assistant professor of Medicine at Tufts University where he is an instructor in geriatric medicine as part of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Alfarah is strongly passionate about transforming health care into an accountable system from a quality and total medical expense perspective. He has been involved in many initiatives relating the delivery of value based and patient-centered care, including care transitions and the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) program. He created the Palliative Care program in Lawrence, which is core to all those concepts. Dr. Alfarah revived his medical degree from Damascus University Faculty of Medicine and completed his post graduate training at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Boston Medical Center. 

Tom Cahill

Mr. Cahill is responsible for raising funds to support Lawrence General's programs and works closely with management and the trustees. He has over over 30 years of experience in health care, higher education, and the private sector. Prior to becoming chief advancement officer of Lawrence General, Mr. Cahill served as the vice president of Development at Lahey Health. He spent seven years at Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Partners Healthcare. While working in higher education, Mr. Cahill held senior administrative positions at Harvard Medical School, the University of Pennsylvania and Tufts University. He is a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, Planned Giving Group of New England and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Me. Cahill has a Master of Business Administration from the Sawyer Business School of Suffolk University. 

Jill McDonald Halsey, APR

Ms. McDonald Halsey came to Lawrence General in 2014 assuming the role of chief marketing and communication officer. She oversees the consistency of messaging to employees, physicians, patients, other health care stakeholders, the media and general public. She is responsible for marketing and advertising, website and social media, community sponsorship, internal communication, and public relations. Ms. McDonald Halsey also advises on and provides support for cultural development around employee engagement, quality and safety, and strategic alignment of employees and physicians. She sits on the Lawrence Partnership Board and is immediate past president of the New England Society for Healthcare Communication. Previously, Ms. McDonald Halsey spent 20 years at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where she was vice president of Communication and Market Development. She has a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University, a Master of Arts in Communications from University of Maine, and is accredited in Public Relations. 

Felix Mercado

Mr. Mercado has nearly 20 years of experience in finance and accounting, with the majority of that time spent working with or for health care organizations. Mr. Mercado commenced his professional career at Ernst & Young, where he became a manager and gained valuable experience in multiple industries, including health care, venture capital, mergers, and acquisitions. As chief financial officer of Lawrence General, he is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the financial operations of the system. In addition, Mr. Mercado is the senior manager responsible for other important departments of Lawrence General, including materials and information technology. 

Mr. Mercado has worked at Lawrence General since 2008, when he assumed the position of accounting manager. Prior to being named chief financial officer, he was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility, including controller and director of Financial Services. In 2014, Mr. Mercado successfully completed the Massachusetts Health Leadership College, the Massachusetts Hospital Association's nine-month leadership development program for senior health care executives. He has served as president of the Board of the McKesson InSight user community. Mr. Mercado receive his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 


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