Stamford Health has named Kathleen Silard as its new president and CEO. Silard will lead the independent nonprofit health system, which includes Stamford Hospital, Stamford Health Medical Group and the Stamford Hospital Foundation.
She replaces Brian Grissler, who informed Stamford Health’s board of his plans to retire earlier this year; he had led the organization since 2001.
Silard joined Stamford Health in 2003 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. As the organization’s new chief, she will oversee a team of more than 3,000 employees.
She led the organization’s facility master planning and was instrumental in opening the new Stamford Hospital on time and under budget in 2016. Silard also helped develop the Cohen Pediatric Emergency Department – the first dedicated pediatric emergency department in Fairfield County – under the Cohen Children’s Institute, which provides inpatient and outpatient services for kids.
Silard’s other accomplishments at Stamford include:
- Creating the Stamford Health Heart & Vascular Institute to offer emergency and elective angioplasty, open heart surgery, electrophysiology and TAVR (trans aortic valve replacement) to patients across lower Fairfield County.
- Expanding services at the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, which includes joining the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Care Collaborative.
- Developing a partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery to establish a premier center for orthopedics serving patients in Connecticut and New England.
- Working as part of a team to achieve the top Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score. Stamford Health was one of only seven out of 28 hospitals in Connecticut to receive an “A” in 2017.