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Lester Schindel named American Hospital Association “Grassroots Champion”

Lester P. Schindel, CEO of CharterCARE Health Part­ners, will be honored as the Rhode Island “Grass­roots Champion” by the American Hospital As­sociation (AHA) in May. Schindel will be present­ed with the award at the AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC, and will also be recognized at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) annual meeting in No­vember. Each year, HARI chooses one “cham­pion” with a strong track record of grassroots activity within their hospital and community.

Schindel joined CharterCARE in November 2015, following five years of service as CEO and President of Steward Holy Family and Merrimack Valley Hospital. He has led further development of the system and has been instrumental in building CharterCARE’s innovative model of coordinated regional care including a thriving independent practice association.

Prior to leading Steward Holy Family and Merrimack Valley Hospital, Schindel was CEO of Merrimack Valley Hospital, COO of Metrowest Medical Center in Natick, MA and COO of Leonard Morse Hospital, also in Natick.

Schindel is a graduate of Rutgers University and received a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from George Washington University. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Schindel has delivered numerous addresses to a variety of national and regional health care organizations.