Lowell General Hospital Chief Executive Officer Joseph “Jody” White announced today that he will retire in September 2023 after more than two decades of leadership at the Lowell, Massachusetts-based hospital. White first joined Lowell General Hospital as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2003. He was later named President of Lowell General in 2013 and Chief Executive Officer of Circle Health and Lowell General in 2017.
“Serving as the CEO of Lowell General Hospital and having the opportunity to work alongside such a dedicated team has been an honor and privilege,” said White. “I have had an incredible career filled with inspirational work and people, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team’s dedication to putting patients first every day. I have every confidence that our fantastic team, under the leadership of President Amy Hoey, will continue to drive this vital work forward.”
“For 20 years, Jody has been a passionate advocate for transformative change in healthcare – not just here in Lowell but across the Commonwealth,” said Ray Anstiss, Chair of Lowell General Hospital’s Board of Trustees. “He has a powerful ability to bring people together, build consensus, and accelerate challenging work, while never losing sight of the importance of supporting and celebrating the physicians, clinicians and other staff working the front lines every day.”
“Jody White is the consummate healthcare leader and colleague, and he has been instrumental to Tufts Medicine’s success in coming together as a health system,” said Michael Dandorph, President and Chief Executive Officer for Tufts Medicine. “As with everything he does, Jody has been so thoughtful about his transition and created a long-term plan to ensure our patients, communities, and the entire Lowell General Hospital team are supported with great care and are positioned for future success. I can’t thank Jody enough for his wise counsel, unmatched optimism, and friendship. I am so grateful for his many years of service and positive impact on our community.”
While leading one of the hospitals caring for some of the largest number of patients with COVID-19, White also served an extended 18-month term as chair of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA) board of trustees. “Jody has been a powerful voice for every provider and patient throughout the Commonwealth. Even in the midst of a pandemic, he demonstrated tremendous focus and selflessness on behalf of our healthcare system at-large,” said Steve Walsh, President and CEO of MHA. “He ensured that the choreography between acute and post-acute providers, state and federal leaders, and many other interests was precise and able to meet the profound challenges we all faced. Most importantly, his leadership helped keep our healthcare organizations open and accessible to their communities.”