Lifespan & CNE heads are stepping down. What it means for health care.

Lifespan & CNE heads are stepping down. What it means for health care.

On Wednesday, Care New England announced that President and CEO Dr. James E. Fanale plans to retire early next year. This follows last month’s announcement that Lifespan President and CEO Dr. Timothy J. Babineau is resigning at the end of May. Both announcements come after February’s rejection of a proposed merger between the two health care systems.

Here’s what’s known, and what is uncertain:  

Why is this of interest to Rhode Islanders?

Lifespan is the state’s largest health care system and CNE is the second-largest. Lifespan has 1,165 licensed beds; CNE has 669 licensed beds.

What about the workforce factor?

At latest count, Lifespans employs 16,564, with CNE employing about 7,500. There are vacancies in both systems, in part a legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic.