Sandra Fenwick

Children’s Hospital Boston

Sandra Fenwick
As president and Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Hospital Boston, Sandra L. Fenwick leads the nation’s foremost independent pediatric hospital and the world’s leading center of pediatric medical and health research.  Ms. Fenwick has been a driving force to improve the effectiveness and efficacy of the care provided at Children’s while at the same time reducing the costs of care. Through a combination of hospital affiliations, outpatient specialty care centers, community health centers and local partnerships, she has helped create a Children’s health network providing high quality pediatric care in local settings. During her tenure, Children’s has also expanded its commitment to and investment in prevention efforts focused on asthma, obesity, mental health and violence.

Ms. Fenwick has been at the forefront of efforts to ensure the financial sustainability of health care. Under her leadership, Children’s and its physicians have cut costs and improved efficiencies enabling Children’s and its physicians to keep its costs below medical inflation and to lower rates and reduce prices to Massachusetts insurers by more than $90 million over the past two years. The hospital also has implemented initiatives across the institution to reduce long-term costs by improving care delivery and reducing utilization. Ms. Fenwick was instrumental in engineering a remarkable financial and operational improvement plan, resulting in the turnaround of an $73 million operating loss in FY 1999 to an operating surplus of $66 million in FY 2011.

Ms. Fenwick joined Children’s Hospital Boston in June of 1999 as senior vice president for Business Development, Strategy and Ambulatory Care Operations.  In November of 1999, she was appointed Chief Operating Officer and was named President in October 2008. Children’s Hospital is a 397 bed Harvard teaching hospital with over $1.3billion of revenues including $250M of research funding.  Children’s has 860 physicians and dentists and trains over 1000 residents and fellows annually.  The total employee base comprises approximately 8,300 employees.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Acusphere, Inc., the Medical, Academic and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO), A Better City, the Belmont Hill School, Simmons College Corporation and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, where she is the immediate past chairperson.  She is also a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and Women Corporate Directors/Boston.

Prior to her arrival at Children’s, Ms. Fenwick served as senior vice president of System Development for CareGroup, Inc.  From 1976 to 1996, she served in a number of roles at the Beth Israel Hospital including vice president and deputy director, vice president of Clinical Services Planning and Development, and vice president of Network Development for Beth Israel HealthCare.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Simmons College with distinction and a Masters in Public Health degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Texas School of Public Health.  She received a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from Pine Manor College in 2001, a 2006 Champion in Healthcare award from the Boston Business Journal and a 2007 Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Fenwick resides in Weston with her husband Geoffrey.