waterbury-hospital-logoFor Immediate Release
March 22, 2017

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Patty Charvat

Waterbury Health Announces Change in Leadership

Today, Lester Schindel, was named interim CEO of the Waterbury Health. Schindel replaces Darlene Stromstad who served on the role for nearly six years leading the network through the transition from non-profit to private ownership under Prospect Medial Holdings Inc.

Schindel served as Chief Strategy and Development Officer for Prospect East, a division of Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. Schindel is expected to lead GWHN through its next phase of growth. 

Les is an accomplished hospital leader with extensive experience in developing physician practices and innovative collaborations and partnerships with allied health providers.  As CEO at Chartercare Health Partners, Prospect’s two-hospital system in RI, from 2014-2016, Les successfully oversaw Chartercare’s transition to Prospect. He was instrumental in recruiting new physicians to the affiliated medical group and bringing additional physicians and covered lives to the system’s affiliated independent practice association. He also led the expansion and renovation of Roger Williams Medical Center’s Emergency Department and the remodeling of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital’s main floor and outpatient registration.

Prior to joining Prospect, Les was CEO and President of Steward Holy Family in Methuen, Mass., and Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Mass., a 402-bed, two-campus hospital north of Boston. Before that, he was CEO of Merrimack Valley Hospital, COO of Metrowest Medical Center in Natick, Mass., and COO of Leonard Morse Hospital, also in Natick.

Les is a graduate of Rutgers University and received a master’s degree in health care administration from George Washington University.

Stromstad was instrumental in leading the organization’s nationwide partnership search and successful transition to Prospect. During her tenure, Waterbury Hospital has been recognized for its clinical excellence by a number of national organizations and has earned praise for its patient-centered culture.

Given her expertise in hospital turnarounds, Darlene will be providing support to Prospect for organizations that require support.  She will also be available to support Les during the transition.