CEO Lia Spiliotes Stepping Down After 7 Years Growing CHP

Jun 27, 2022 | News

Richard “Rick” Gregg is named interim CEO


Community Health Programs CEO Lia Spiliotes, who has led CHP since 2015 in its doubling of CHP patient numbers and expansion of health and family services in the Berkshires, has announced she is stepping down from CHP.

In a statement to staff and colleagues, Spiliotes said she intends to refocus on family health priorities in Boston and New York. She stated she is also turning her professional attention to broader advocacy efforts around public and economic policy related to community health. Her last day is June 30.

“We have accomplished so much by advancing and accelerating CHP’s mission and vision,” said Spiliotes in a statement. “CHP reaches so many in our community in need, regardless of their ability to pay, but CHP is also a choice for many people who have plenty of health care resources and options. They choose CHP’s excellent team for their care, and I am proud to have been among the CHP stewards of community’s health and wellness.”

CHP Board President Brian Drake said, “The Board is grateful for Lia’s leadership during her tenure. CHP has grown exponentially, achieved strong financial stability, and maintained uninterrupted services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Lia has been a voice of advocacy for healthcare access, and CHP is on a solid path toward the future.”

Rick Gregg headshot

Appointed as Interim CEO is Richard H. Gregg of Lenox, who has served on the CHP board for six years, most recently as vice president. His professional work includes extensive consulting in healthcare management, strategy, and organizational change for companies and organizations much like CHP, where he has been a longtime patient.

Gregg is also a professor and distinguished instructor of Healthcare Administration at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School in Boston. Since he joined that faculty in 2001, he has led two graduate programs and taught a range of courses, including leadership, non-profit management, and healthcare innovation and strategic management. He is a former director and CEO of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

We’re fortunate that someone with Rick’s credentials and intimate knowledge of CHP and Berkshire County was able to step into that role as Lia leaves,” said Drake. “As interim, he looks forward to making his own positive mark on the long legacy of CHP.”

Gregg will serve in that capacity as the CHP Board begins discussing the process of a nationwide search for the next permanent CEO.

Community Health Program is a nonprofit federally qualified health network serving approximately 30,000 residents in the Berkshire region of Western Massachusetts. CHP provides medical and dental care for patients of all ages, women’s health, behavioral health, nutrition, and family services support.


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