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Women & Infants Names New President and Chief Operating Officer

Release Date: 05/30/2018

Rick Majzun, FACHE, has been named president and chief operating officer of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, effective July 23, 2018. Majzun, who has more than 25 years of leadership experience, comes to Women & Infants from Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO.


The appointment of Majzun follows a year-long national search during which the search committee, led by Care New England Senior Vice President of Planning and Finance Gail Robbins, engaged physicians, staff, and management.


"With a demonstrated track record of success in hospital operations, including 10 years of leadership in an organization that, like Women & Infants, provides services to women and newborns, Rick is a perfect complement to the strong leadership team at Women & Infants Hospital and across Care New England,” said James E. Fanale, MD, president and chief executive officer, Care New England. “I look forward to welcoming Rick to our team, and I’d like to offer my sincere appreciation to the entire search team for their diligence in finding the perfect leader to join our organization.”


“I have long admired the reputation and care offered at Women & Infants Hospital and am excited to lead this preeminent organization,” said Majzun. “My family and I look forward to relocating to Rhode Island and enjoying all that this beautiful state has to offer.”


Majzun has been associated with BJC Healthcare since 1999, serving as regional director of BJC Medical Group, executive director of strategic planning and then vice president of strategic planning at BJC HealthCare, and vice president of strategic operations and planning of St. Louis Children’s Hospital.


Since 2013, he has served as vice president of operations at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and as vice president of the 212-bed Women & Infants Service at Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Barnes Jewish is a 1,300-bed adult facility, and St. Louis Children’s is a 430-bed pediatric hospital. During his leadership tenure, Majzun grew deliveries and neonatal intensive care unit admissions in a declining market; increased revenue, margin, and market share; improved major quality indicators; and achieved patient satisfaction goals. In addition, he worked with physician and nursing partners to create a process to align the cultures of three institutions.


A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Majzun earned a master of health administration at Washington University School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), from which he received the 2014 Service Award and the 2006 Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award. He was a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow and studied pediatric health care systems for five weeks in Kenya and Sweden, and was selected as a “40 under 40” in 2006 by St. Louis Business Journal.


Majzun serves in a number of roles for the Children’s Hospital Association, including a member of the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees, a member of its Chief Operating Officer Steering Committee, member of the Editorial Advisory Committee, and member of the Annual Leadership Conference Advisory Committee. He has spoken before the National Association of Health Services Executives, the Children’s Hospital Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Public Health Association.


He is married and has five children.



About Women & Infants Hospital 

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.