With more than 30 years of leadership influence at Women & Infants Hospital, Constance A. Howes, FACHE, Esq., president and CEO of Women & Infants Hospital, today announced her decision to step down from the position. In her place, Mark Marcantano, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer at Women & Infants, has been named acting president of the hospital by Care New England President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis D. Keefe. The organizational changes were announced to the Care New England family and became effective October 1.
Howes will assist Marcantano with the transition over the next six months and then will continue to serve at the Care New England system level as executive vice president of women's health where she presides over the multidisciplinary Women's Health Council which guides program development in women's health for the system. She was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and will also continue to serve in a number of industry and civic leadership posts, including chairing the Governor’s Workforce Board and chairing Innovation Providence which is working to advance the state's knowledge economy and economic development.
"We are so grateful to Connie for her numerous contributions to Women & Infants. Under her leadership, Women & Infants has become an institution of international distinction," said Keefe. "We look forward to her ongoing role advancing women's health at the system level, and we welcome Mark Marcantano to the helm at Women & Infants. I am confident he will carry on the proud traditions and take Women & Infants to its next level of excellence."
Howes commented, "When I started as president and CEO at Women & Infants, I believed that I should serve about 10 years, long enough to make an impact and then step aside. Mark Marcantano will give the hospital the benefit of a fresh perspective and high energy,” said Howes. "I am fortunate that I can continue my association with these wonderful organizations and at the same time advance women’s health and workforce and economic development. This is truly a best of both worlds situation for me."
“There is no doubt that I have some very big shoes to fill,” said Marcantano. “Connie has set Women & Infants firmly on a path toward excellence, and I am excited to have the opportunity to continue her fine work. I’m energized that I will be able to continue to work with this superb team in improving women’s health not only for the women and newborns in our state, but also across the globe.”
Marcantano has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of Women & Infants since January 2010. He came to Women & Infants from Children’s Hospital in Boston where he served as vice president of ambulatory and network services. In this capacity, he was responsible for operations, budgeting, financial performance, business planning, and facility planning for ambulatory services on the hospital’s main campus, as well as nine other network locations and a Community Health Center which recorded 55,000 visits annually.
Prior to his position at Children’s Hospital, Marcantano was executive dean, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Albany Medical College, affiliated with Albany Medical Center, in New York. He was instrumental in recruiting new researchers, shepherding the renovation of facilities, and transforming traditional academic departments into entrepreneurial centers of excellence.
Marcantano earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from New York University and went on to earn his juris doctor from Albany Law School of Union University. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Meeting Street.
Howes, 60, of Providence, has been president and chief executive officer of Women & Infants Hospital since 2002, formerly serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to this role, Howes was vice president and general counsel for Care New England Health System and vice president and general counsel for Women & Infants Hospital. Before joining Women & Infants, Howes was an attorney with Tillinghast, Collins & Graham for 17 years where she practiced primarily in the area of business law and served as chairman of the Corporate Department.
Among her other community posts are member of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University Law School, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. She served on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee on Women’s Health Research, the AHA Regional Policy Board and is active with CWISH, the Council of Women and Infants Specialty Hospitals. She graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College and received her juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She is married to R. Kelly Sheridan, a lawyer in Providence.