Massa. Eye and Ear's John Fernandez Selected to Chair the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals

May 15, 2011

Contact: John Erwin
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Boston - (May 15, 2011) John Fernandez, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, has been selected to Chair the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH). COBTH is an organization of fourteen Boston area teaching hospitals that work together to advance policies critical to their missions of medical education, research and serving vulnerable populations.

With more than 20 years of experience, Fernandez is an established leader in healthcare. During his tenure, Fernandez has led major construction projects, improved services and operations, and achieved aggressive volume and financial goals for two of Boston’s most prestigious teaching hospitals.

Fernandez succeeds Dr. James Mandell, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Hospital Boston, as COBTH Chair, and will lead COBTH’s board and help set direction for the organization. “With national health reform moving forward and Massachusetts embarking on payment reform, the role of teaching hospitals in education, research and providing specialized services has never been more important. Massachusetts has some of the finest teaching hospitals in the nation. We will play a pivotal role in developing new ways of delivering care while maintaining access, enhancing quality and controlling costs,” said Fernandez.

COBTH’s fourteen member hospitals are important to the local and regional economy, employing nearly seventy thousand people and attracting more than $1 billion in federal research funding which is critical to the larger life sciences industry in Massachusetts.

“At such a critical time nationally and here in Massachusetts, I am thrilled that John will be leading the organization. He brings a wealth of healthcare experience and civic involvement to the position,” said Dr. Mandell.

The Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH) is the coalition of 14 Boston area hospitals, all of which are teaching institutions. COBTH exists to maximize the Boston teaching hospitals' visibility on the issues that are fundamental to their unique missions of teaching and research. COBTH educates opinion leaders at all levels about the contributions of its members to the area's health and economy. In coalition with business organizations, COBTH advocates for policies favorable to academic medicine and the economy of the Commonwealth. COBTH is committed to addressing the public health needs of the City of Boston through cooperative efforts with other health care providers and agencies.

Founded in 1824, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is an independent specialty hospital providing patient care for disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Mass. Eye and Ear is an international leader in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology research and a teaching partner of Harvard Medical School. For more information, call
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