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Ellen Zane, SPH Faculty



Ellen Zane is a nationally renowned health care leader who recently retired as President & Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children. She was the first woman to run the hospital in its 215-year history.  The hospital employs more 5,000 doctors, nurses, researchers, and other healthcare workers, includes Floating Hospital for Children, and has 450 beds. Ellen remains highly involved at Tufts Medical Center as a vice chair of the Board of Trustees, strategic advisor and fund-raising advocate. Ellen holds two faculty appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine including: Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Care Research and Assistant Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine.  Additionally, Ellen holds a faculty appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  For the period of 2011 to 2013, Ellen is a Distinguished Guest Lecturer in Healthcare Administration at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.

From 1994 to 2004, Ellen held the position of Network President for Partners HealthCare System, Inc.  In this capacity, she was responsible for the development of a provider network featuring the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital.  The network encompassed 5600 physicians and represented $800+ million of managed care revenue. Today, this entity represents one of the largest physician networks in America.

Prior to that, Ellen was the Chief Executive Officer at Quincy Hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts.  Ellen was an employee of HCA and then Quorum Health Resources in this capacity.  

Ellen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1973 and her Master of Arts degree in 1975 from the Catholic University of America in Washington.  She holds the following honorary degrees:  Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University, Doctorate of Business Administration from Stonehill College; and Doctorate of Humane Letters from Curry College.

Ellen is currently a Director of Parexel International (NASDAQ-PRXL); a Director of Lincare Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ-LNCR); a Director of Century Capital Management; a Director of Fiduciary Trust Company; an Advisory Board Member of Vatera Healthcare Partners, LLC; and a Healthcare Advisory Board Member of Pinstripe, Inc.  She is a Trustee of George Washington University, is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health and former Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts Hospital Association.

Ellen is a former Director of Variagenics, Inc. (NASDAQ-VGNX), a Cambridge, Massachusetts biotech public company focused on pharmacogenomics; a former member of the Board of Overseers at the Tufts University School of Medicine; a former Trustee of Northeastern University; and also a former Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.   From 1996 to 2001, Ellen was a member of the Board of Governors at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center (national hospital) at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC.

Awards & Distinguished Honors:

•    February, 2012, Lifetime Achievement Award from Tufts Medical Center & Floating Hospital for Children;
•    October, 2011, Heroes in Health Care Award from the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston & Affiliates;
•    August, 2011, Boston Business Journal Champions in Health Care Lifetime Achievement Award;
•    June, 2011, Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives of Massachusetts;  
•    November, 2010, Leading Women Awards from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts;  
•    October, 2010, Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, George Washington University;
•    November, 2008, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from the March of Dimes;
•    June, 2008, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus’ Abigail Adams Award;  
•    November, 2007, Arthritis Foundation - Dr. John I. Sandson Lifetime Achievement Award;
•    June, 2007, Boy Scouts of America’s T.L. Storer Memorial Award;  
•    June, 2006, American Liver Foundation’s honoree of their Progress & Promise Award;
•    May, 2005, honored by the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee for her professional accomplishments in promoting excellence in healthcare;
•    May, 2003, Boston Magazine highlighted as one of Boston’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women;   
•    May, 2003, inducted into Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration – Academy of Distinction for Achievement in Intrapreneurship;  
•    February, 2000, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for her achievements in management;  
•    June, 1997, American College of Healthcare Executives Regional Healthcare Executive of the Year;
•    June, 1995, Distinguished Healthcare Executive Award from the Healthcare Management Association of Massachusetts.





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