March 29, 2017
 
Lia Spiliotes Is Interim CEO at Community Health Programs

Lia Spiliotes
December 4, 2015 — Community Health Programs, based in Great Barrington, which provides a full range of health care services in southern Berkshire County, has appointed Lia Spiliotes, a partner and senior adviser at Cambridge Management Group in Boston, as interim chief executive officer.

She steps in for Bryan Ayars, who resigned last month after six years in the job, after “concerns were expressed about the nonprofit's leadership. They included a discrimination complaint filed by a former employee against Ayers and the organization, ” The Berkshire Eagle reported yesterday.

"Lia's job is going to be focusing on our day-to-day management, but she will also help us assess needs for CHP now and looking forward into the future to make sure it is structured adequately to serve the needs of our community," said Jodi Rathbun-Briggs, board chair of Community Health Programs (CHP), The Eagle reported.

Spiliotes is expected to hold the interim post for up to a year while CHP searches for a permanent CEO.

After Ayars decided to step down, the CHP board noted, that “after giving substantial to management and leadership needs, it’s time for a new direction at the CHP helm.”

Spiliotes has worked with health care organizations, including serving as CEO of Community Health Connections in Fitchburg and as president. She also has served as president and CEO of ValeoVox, a healthcare business consulting and software development firm and as an advisor to a medical data company.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in neuroscience from Smith College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

According to The Eagle, CHP began working with Cambridge Management Group in late 2014 on an internal management review of the entire organization.

CHP recently completed its 2015 fiscal year with a $200,000 surplus after a number of years in the red.

Established in 1975, CHP today has 140 employees in medical practices and serves about 14,500 patients annually. Its primary service area encompasses Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Alford, Becket, Egremont, Monterey, Mt. Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Sandisfield, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, West Stockbridge, and Richmond.

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