|BHS Board of Trustees Names New President/CEO|
Pittsfield, MA—The Berkshire Health Systems Board of Trustees has announced that a leadership transition will take place at Berkshire Health Systems early in the new year. The 20-member Board has unanimously voted to appoint Darlene M. Rodowicz as the next President and Chief Executive Officer, following the recent announcement of current CEO David E. Phelps’s departure.
“When Dave shared his intention to retire with the Board several years ago, we asked that he participate in a thorough succession planning process,” explained Bart Raser, Chair of the BHS Board of Trustees.
Raser explained that the BHS Board of Trustees engaged in a multi-year succession planning process that was designed to ensure a smooth leadership transition and support the strategic advancement of BHS.
“We wanted to guarantee that all health system leadership roles were staffed with skilled executives and that the Board would have a viable internal candidate to consider as a potential successor,” he said.
“After carefully coordinating the process and weighing all possible options, the Board is thrilled to appoint Darlene as the next CEO of Berkshire Health Systems, and, notably, the first female CEO in the organization’s history,” he said.
Raser praised Rodowicz as a strong leader with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, a deep knowledge of the Berkshire community, and a sterling reputation among government leaders and healthcare colleagues across the Commonwealth. He particularly highlighted Rodowicz’s leadership in orchestrating BHS’s successful pandemic response over the past two years.
“Darlene has demonstrated excellence, effectiveness, and grace under fire throughout the past two years in the battle against COVID-19. Berkshire County will be lucky to have her at the helm to face any new challenges that the pandemic and the healthcare industry may send our way,” Raser said.
Phelps agreed, stating, “From working side-by-side for years, I know that Darlene is uniquely qualified for this position, and I couldn’t be happier that she will be taking on this new role.”
Rodowicz expressed her appreciation to Phelps for maintaining the highest standards for integrity, dedication, and excellence throughout his career at BHS.
“Our organization has enjoyed great success under Dave’s leadership. To be able to build upon all we’ve done together for decades is a tremendous opportunity,” she stated.
“I am grateful that I will be able to partner with our extraordinary team of providers and healthcare professionals, who are the heart and soul of BHS. Caring for every person in our community is the reason why we all are here, and, as a Berkshire native, I can’t think of a greater honor,” said Rodowicz.
Rodowicz joined BHS in 1984 and served in various positions of increasing responsibility, including as Chief Financial Officer from 2005-2020, when she was appointed Executive Vice President. Rodowicz holds an MBA from Western New England College and a BS in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.