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Northeast Health System president to resign

Ken Hanover, who as president of Northeast Health System helped oversee the company’s merger with Lahey Clinic last spring, will resign from his post next week and leave the organization at the end of the year.

Hanover joined Northeast three years ago. Denis Conroy, who serves as chief integration officer of Lahey Health System — which was created in the spring after the merger — will become interim president on Nov. 15. Hanover will serve as executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Lahey Health System until Dec. 31.

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“Northeast Health System is a true leader providing community care,” Hanover said in a prepared statement. “I’ve been both proud and impressed with the extraordinary commitment and compassion of our physicians, nurses, managers, and support personnel. Their values, professionalism, integrity, and work ethic have been a source of tremendous pride among the communities we serve and it has been a privilege to have been part of it. I am certain of its continued success in the future.”

In March, the state Public Health Council voted to grant new hospital licenses for Northeast Health System of Beverly and Lahey Clinic of Burlington.

The regulatory approval allowed for the creation of a merged hospital network that covers the northwestern Boston suburbs to Cape Ann.

The new health care company, known as Lahey Health System, has 675 licensed beds, some 1,200 doctors, and about 10,000 employees. Lahey’s facilities include Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington; Lahey Clinic Medical Center, North Shore, in Peabody; Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester; and BayRidge Hospital in Lynn.

The organization also operates 51 primary care physician practices, eight outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities, 33 behavioral health centers and programs, and three assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

“Ken has been a tremendously effective leader during his tenure as Northeast Health System president and CEO,” said David St. Laurent, chairman of the Northeast Health System Board of Trustees. “He’s been a true community champion every step of the way, successfully positioning the organization to meet the future health care challenges. We’re grateful for his service and wish him all the best.”

Dr. Howard Grant, president and chief executive officer of Lahey Health System and the Lahey Clinic, also praised Hanover in helping to create the new health organization.

“Ken’s leadership and foresight were instrumental in the successful establishment of the Lahey Health System,’’ said Grant. “He recognized the opportunity for our two organizations to create an integrated health care delivery system of high-quality, cost-efficient, community-based care in northeastern Massachusetts; one that is capable of managing patient care in accordance with changing community needs and new payment and health care delivery systems.”

Steven A. Rosenberg can be reached at srosenberg@globe. com.
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