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Senior Leadership Team

James (Jim) Terwilliger, MPH

President, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

As President of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Jim is responsible for the delivery of exceptional, compassionate care to thousands of patients annually, as well as leading the senior leadership team of the hospital. Throughout his career, Jim has been a successful executive at several major academic medical centers, and his depth of leadership expertise includes hospital operations, physician organizations, patient and employee experience, and strategic partnership development. Recently, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Jim had executive responsibilities across their entire clinical operations, directed business development and oversaw the strategic affiliations with key partners.

Prior to joining Dana Farber, he served as Vice President of Clinical Services at Montefiore Health System in New York where he led their ambulatory network consisting of over 2,000 physicians spanning 40 specialties. Jim’s previous experience includes senior executive positions at the Indiana University Health system, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and UCLA Health. A Boston University graduate, Jim received his MPH at UCLA and lives in Natick.

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Dorothy Smith, MSN, MBA/HCA, RN, CEN, CPEN

Chief Nursing Officer, VP of Patient Services

Dorothy Smith is responsible for all nursing functions across the hospital. Dorothy’s strong leadership skills and vast understanding of St. Elizabeth’s operations enabled her to successfully drive key initiatives such as the growth of the inter-hospital acute care network for Steward’s MA hospitals; throughput flow; and increased patient satisfaction. Before her appointment as interim CNO, Dorothy served as the hospital’s Senior Director for Patient Care Services, as well as Nurse Educator in the St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Emergency Department.

Prior to her time at St. Elizabeth’s, Dorothy held positions as the Clinical Nursing Director of Patient Flow at Tufts Medical Center where she was responsible for the transfer center, ICU, medical surgical float pools and ancillary staffing at 364 bed academic medical center and Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department at South Shore Hospital. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Nursing and Master of Business in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Victoria Lobban, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Victoria Lobban, MBA, serves as St. Elizabeth's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), overseeing all aspects of Financial Planning, Budget and Decision Support, Patient Financial Services, Health Information Management, Materials Management, Case Management/Social Work Services, Research Administration, Respiratory, Pulmonary Function, Pain Management, EEG, Sleep Lab and the Nutrition Clinic. Victoria has served in several financial leadership roles in Steward Health Care, including CFO at Saint Anne’s Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center and New England Sinai Hospital. She first joined the Steward family of hospitals in 1998 as a staff accountant at Saint Anne’s, becoming the hospital’s Director of Financial Operations in 2007.

Victoria earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She resides in Rehoboth with her husband and three children.

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Richard B. Freeman Jr., M.D., MHL

Chief Medical Officer

Throughout his career, Dr. Freeman has demonstrated deep expertise in both the clinical and management settings. Dr. Freeman is a veteran transplant surgeon and a leading innovator in health care delivery, with demonstrated success in strategic design, leadership development, talent acquisition, clinical practice management and clinical and academic programmatic development in complex healthcare systems.

Dr. Freeman previously held multiple positions at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, where he most recently served as Senior Executive for Special Initiatives. He began his tenure at Dell Medical School as the inaugural Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, and also served as interim Chair of Pediatrics for just over two years. Prior to his roles at Dell Medical School, Dr. Freeman served as Chair of the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School.

Dr. Freeman received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed his internship and residency in surgery, as well as his fellowship in transplantation, through the Harvard Surgical Service at BIDMC (formerly known as New England Deaconess Hospital). Dr. Freeman received his master’s degree in Healthcare Leadership (MHL) from Brown University in 2020. Among his numerous academic achievements, he has participated as Principal Investigator in 30 clinical trials, and has been author on more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts.

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Carolyn Burns, M.S.

Human Resources Director

As Director of Human Resources, Carolyn will oversee all matters of HR at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, including: performance management, employee relations, talent acquisition, and more. Carolyn previously worked at Public Consulting Group, Inc. where she served as the Senior Human Resources Business Partner, providing leadership and strategic HR solutions to a business unit population of 900 employees. She previously served as Human Resource Director at Culbert Healthcare Solutions, Inc., and Director of Human Resources at the Physicians Affiliated Group of New York, working in leadership in the high volume environment of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corp. She received her undergraduate degree at Simmons College and graduate degree at Northeastern University.

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