Diversified Search Finds CEO for Eastern Connecticut Health Network

December 11, 2019 – Philadelphia-based Diversified Search placed Deborah Weymouth as president and CEO of the Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN). The assignment was conducted by James A. Langston, managing director and financial officers practice leader, and managing director Ken Hirshman.

“I am pleased to welcome Deborah to ECHN and I am confident that she will be an outstanding addition to ECHN’s leadership team,” said Michael Collins, who recently announced he is retiring as CEO. “I am especially pleased to hand over the leadership of ECHN to her at a time when our healthcare network is making significant strides in meeting our goal of providing our patients and community with the high-quality programs and services they need and deserve.”

Mr. Collins said that he was “especially pleased” to hand over leadership of the organization to Ms. Weymouth at a time when “our healthcare network is making significant strides in meeting our goal of providing our patients and community with the high-quality programs and services they need and deserve.”

Ms. Weymouth joins ECHN after serving for five years as president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital. She has 28 years of management experience in hospital networks in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York and has worked in large hospital networks directing operational and quality improvement programs. Ms. Weymouth has served on the Massachusetts Health and Hospital board, the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of North Central Massachusetts board of directors.

“I’m excited at this opportunity to partner with our 3,000 employees and physicians, as well as with the leaders and residents of the communities we serve, to further ECHN’s mission and build on the work that Michael and the talented ECHN leadership team have already accomplished,” Ms. Weymouth said.

ECHN is a community based healthcare system serving 19 towns in eastern Connecticut. Its network of affiliates includes Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital, Woodlake at Tolland Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Eastern Connecticut Medical Professionals, Women’s Center for Wellness, Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute, and more.

Largest U.S. Female Owned Firm

Diversified Search is the largest U.S. female owned and founded firm in the executive recruitment industry. It has additional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Diversified is the U.S. partner of AltoPartners, an international alliance of 58 independent executive search firms that spans 35 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. In June, Diversified acquired Koya Leadership Partners, one of the nation’s top search firms in non-profit and higher education. This followed the firm receiving backing investment dollars from private equity firm ShoreView Industries.


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Although Mr. Langston’s business has often focused on Fortune 1000 clients, working at the director, VP and C-suite levels, he also works with international early-stage and venture-backed organizations to identify and recruit world-class management talent. His search process is built on his varied and unique business experience. Using a consultative approach, insight and intuition to understand an organization’s dynamics and operating environment, he identifies leadership that is best suited to its particular needs. Mr. Langston has built management teams for both domestic and international clients. He has been retained by such premier global clients as Genworth Financial, IMS Health, Sun Life Financial, Cisco, AmeriHealth Caritas, EMC, Saint Gobain, Ascension Health, Drexel University and Cigna.

Based in Philadelphia, Mr. Hirshman works in the private equity and industrial practices. His global network allows him to conduct searches for C-suite executives, corporate board positions, and strategic functional leadership roles throughout the world. Mr. Hirshman’s firsthand experience working with industrial organizations, private equity- supported portfolio companies, and family-owned businesses makes him uniquely qualified to lead searches where it is critical to align the corporate culture, current management, and the capabilities of candidates.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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