Cindy Cafasso Donaldson to retire after 32 years
Cindy Cafasso Donaldson’s history with Addison Gilbert Hospital goes all the way back to the day she was born. The hospital’s vice president came into the world at this community hospital in Gloucester, volunteered as a candy striper in her teens, and she will conclude her impressive career there in January. Even in retirement, she will stay close to our hospitals as a new member of the Board’s Philanthropy Committee.
Cindy started as a pharmacist at Addison Gilbert Hospital in 1988, becoming director of Pharmacy just two years later. After rising through the ranks, Cindy took the job of vice president of the hospital in 2011 and added responsibility for Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers a few years later.
Her leadership, passion and commitment to the community on behalf of our hospital will be missed as she retires January 31.
Her colleagues and friends describe her as a hands-on leader. “Cindy isn’t afraid to step in and help,” said Barbara McCarthy, RN, MPH, enterprise risk officer at Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals. “She frequently comforts patients and families, answers phones in a busy emergency department and moves equipment to support the staff.”
Several programs and services benefiting the community started under Cindy’s leadership. At Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals, she implemented the High Risk Teams. They conduct outreach to patients in the community who are at high risk for readmission to the hospital and also provide counselling and treatment for patients with opiate use disorders. Cindy also oversaw the creation of the new Gorton’s Specialty and Crandall Cancer Care Center, the newly expanded Senior Adult Unit, the new pharmacy and the School Based Health Center at Gloucester High School.
“Addison Gilbert Hospital is thriving under Cindy’s leadership,” said Phil Cormier, president of Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals. “It’s a very strong organization, and it is well-poised, as is Beverly Hospital, to be able to continue to thrive in the future.”
Stay tuned for details on our plans to honor Cindy and help our community express its gratitude for her commitment to our health.