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Lifespan Takes Step toward Creating System-Wide Pediatric Service Line


• Tracey Wallace named to newly created position of vice president, pediatric services

Tracey WallaceIn a move designed to underscore Lifespan’s commitment to treating the whole health of children, the state’s largest health system has announced the creation of a new position – vice president of pediatric services and the appointment of Tracey Wallace to that role. Wallace currently serves as the administrative director of operations and business development for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

As the vice president of pediatric services, Wallace will work throughout Lifespan to help develop a pediatric service line across the continuum of physical and mental health services provided to patients. Initially, the focus will be on Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital, the state’s only hospital devoted exclusively to the mental health of children and adolescents. Eventually, efforts will spread to Lifespan partners Gateway Healthcare and Newport Hospital.

“As a system, we are in a unique position to structure our resources and enhance the care we provide by developing a more unified approach to delivering care. This goes to our ongoing efforts to put patients at the center of all that we do and follow our mission of delivering health with care,” said Timothy J. Babineau, MD, Lifespan’s president and chief executive officer, and president of Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s hospitals. “I’m pleased that Tracey has accepted this new position. She is the right person to help us do this for the pediatric patients we care for. And, it makes sense that we provide this care in a more collaborative environment. It’s better for patients and providers.”

According to Daniel J. Wall, president of Bradley Hospital, Wallace’s appointment is a big step in the right direction for pediatric mental health. “We know that psychological factors are directly tied to our overall physical health, yet nationally only one in five children with a diagnosable psychiatric disorder receives treatment,” said Wall. “Tracey’s new role can only serve to better identify children in need through increased services, and connect families more easily to the help they need.”

Wallace first joined Lifespan in 2008 as the administrative director of operations and business development for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. In that role, she has led the financial and operational oversight of all the ambulatory clinical and academic pediatric programs of the department of pediatrics, as well as the hemophilia treatment center.

Wallace has also played a key role in operationalizing outreach programs. These efforts have resulted in the expansion of Hasbro Children’s Hospital to satellite clinics in East Providence, East Greenwich and Fall River. Recently, Hasbro Children’s Hospital began a collaboration with St. Anne’s Hospital/Steward.

In her new role, Wallace will work closely with the chair of pediatrics, as well as with the chair of pediatric surgery and Lifespan’s pediatric psychiatry and mental health providers.

Patricia Flanagan, Hasbro Children’s Hospital interim pediatrician-in-chief and chief of clinical affairs, believes that establishing a unified service line will further allow for the holistic pediatric care that the community needs. “We opened our combined med/psych inpatient unit two years ago and that program has flourished,” said Flanagan. “We are still finding a great need for the integration of behavioral health into the overall pediatric care of our patients, and the initiatives that Tracey will work on will help us to better address that need.”

Before joining Lifespan, Wallace was chief executive officer of University Medical Group in Providence, where she provided leadership, direction and administration of all aspects of clinic, research and teaching activities for the faculty practice group with 55 multi-specialty physicians.  Previously, Wallace also held positions as director of practice management services for the University Medicine Foundation in Providence, and as a practice administrator for Southcoast Physician Services of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Wallace holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Westfield State College and received a master’s degree in business administration from Salve Regina University. She is a member of the Association of Administrators in Academic Pediatrics and the American College of Healthcare Executives.