2014-01-17 / Front Page

Hospital Seeks New CEO

By Tom Shevlin

Newport Hospital is looking for a new chief executive after Gus Cordeiro, who has helmed the Lifespan affiliated hospital since 2009, stepped down earlier this week.

In a letter issued to hospital staff, Lifespan CEO Dr. Timothy J. Babineau said "by mutual agreement, Gus Cordeiro will not be continuing as president of Newport Hospital."

Taking his place on an interim basis is Arthur Sampson.

"We are extremely grateful to Gus for his tireless advocacy and enthusiasm on behalf of Newport Hospital and the Newport community during his tenure as president and throughout his health care career," Babineau said.

His statement continued, "As many of you know, Gus began his career at Newport Hospital, leaving in 2001 to join the senior management team at Rhode Island Hospital. Eight years later in September 2009, he was appointed president of Newport Hospital. Under his leadership, the hospital established new pulmonary and cancer rehabilitation services, achieved primary stroke center designation, expanded new interventional radiology services, launched new psychiatric partial hospitalization services, expanded outpatient infusion therapy services under the license of Rhode Island Hospital, and started a new center for endocrinology, metabolic disorders and diabetes. High quality anesthesia, general surgery, pathology, hospital medicine and emergency physician services agreements were also completed under his leadership."

Cordeiro is also recognized for his work with the Prince and de Ramel families, who together have forged a partnership to improve the health of Newport County youth through the recently established Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund.

A spokesperson for Newport Hospital was not immediately available for comment.

Born and raised in Newport, Cordeiro has been a fixture in the community, recognized by Salve Regina University in 2012 with its Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award and serving on a number of local volunteer boards over the years.

In parting, Babineau thanked Cordeiro for his "unwavering dedication to Lifespan and Newport Hospital and wish him and his family well in the future."

A search for a new president of the hospital is expected to begin shortly.

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