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  • May 29, 2019

Assaad Sayah, MD, Named Interim CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance's Board of Trustees has appointed current Chief Medical Officer Assaad Sayah, MD, to serve as the health system's interim Chief Executive Officer following Patrick Wardell's retirement in June.

Dr. Sayah has served as Chief Medical Officer since 2013 and was previously Chief of Emergency Medicine and Senior Vice President of Primary Care at CHA. In the Emergency Department, Dr. Sayah has led tremendous advancements at all three CHA hospitals, resulting in enhanced efficiency, quality, volume and patient satisfaction. He also plays a key role in CHA's commitment to the communities it serves, including his tenure as the co-chair of the Cambridge City Manager's Opioid Working Group established in 2018 to develop recommendations for strengthening the city's response to the opioid epidemic.

He has received numerous awards for his work, including the President's Award and Vanguard Award from the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians, the America's Top Physicians distinction in 2006, 2007 and 2016 from the Consumers' Research Council of America and the EMS Physician of the Year Award from the Metropolitan Boston EMS Council.

"Dr. Sayah has a track record of cultivating relationships and strengthening programs, which makes him a strong Interim CEO," said Joshua Posner, Chair, CHA Board of Trustees. "I also want to acknowledge Pat Wardell who leaves CHA stronger than it has ever been following his seven years of dedicated and thoughtful service as CEO."

The Board of Trustees also selected executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to conduct a national search for CHA's permanent CEO.

Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health system committed to providing high- quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston's metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system's affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.

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