Lifespan has appointed Todd Conklin, BS, MBA, CPA, as its executive vice president and chief operating officer -- a newly established position for Rhode Island’s largest provider of health care.  
Conklin will oversee Lifespan’s five hospitals and its Gateway Healthcare programs and will be responsible for the system’s operational performance, including patient satisfaction, quality of care, and effective service delivery.
“Todd is a welcome addition to our team at a critical time for health care both in Rhode Island and nationally,” said Lifespan President and CEO Timothy J. Babineau, M.D.  “Todd has a strong record of engaging teams in improving operations, efficiency, and care delivery across the health systems he has helped lead and is well-positioned to serve as Lifespan’s first executive vice president and chief operating officer.”
Conklin has over 20 years experience in the health care field and joins Lifespan from Ascension Health System, one of the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health systems, where he served as chief operating officer and oversaw 31 hospitals across Wisconsin and Kansas.  Under Conklin’s leadership, Ascension improved its operating performance and patient satisfaction levels, and expanded its clinical services and teaching programs.  Previously, Conklin was senior vice president of operational finance for the Catholic Health Initiatives system, encompassing 109 hospitals across 19 states.
“In light of the impact of COVID-19 on public health, the workforce, and state and local economies, ensuring that quality healthcare is accessible to all individuals is now more important than ever,” said Conklin.  “I’m looking forward to working with a great team in navigating these challenges, and continuing to innovate and transform Lifespan’s operations for the better.”  
Conklin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Illinois State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is a certified public accountant.