Wallace named to newly created position of vice president, pediatric services
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.
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
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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,
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.