Thank you, Phil!

Beverly, Addison Gilbert hospitals’ president to retire in 2021

A vision for high quality care and strong fiscal stewardship backed by a talented, compassionate team of clinicians and colleagues, has raised the bar for health care on the North Shore during Phil Cormier’s tenure as president of Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals. Phil will retire in February 2021.

Phil joined Beverly Hospital in 1989 as the vice president of Administrative Services and assisted with the formation of Northeast Hospital Corporation (NHC), which includes Beverly, Addison Gilbert and BayRidge hospitals and Lahey Outpatient Center in Danvers. He remained with NHC until 2007, when he left to work for two other healthcare systems and came full circle when he returned in 2012. He was named president in 2015.

One of the biggest moments of his career was leading Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals through the beginning and height of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This was a one in a hundred year event,” Phil said. Information about the virus changed so quickly that staff had to react on a moment’s notice. “I’m proud that our staff did so well, took care of so many patients and just really rallied to be able to respond to what was so often called an unprecedented event.”  

Phil oversaw the construction and implementation of many major projects including two new urgent care facilities in Gloucester and Danvers, modernized operating room suites at Beverly Hospital and the expansion of Addison Gilbert’s Senior Adult Unit. Generous philanthropic gifts during Phil’s tenure played a huge role in funding these necessary upgrades and additions, along with support for future capital needs.

“No matter what else, we are here to serve the needs of the community as a nonprofit entity,” Phil said. “That means we rely on the generosity of our donor base to continue to enhance and evolve our services as the needs of the community evolve.”

Those needs are some of Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals’ specialties. Maternity care, orthopedics, cardiology, behavioral health, substance abuse treatment and elder care are all important programs that benefit the communities north of Boston. In addition to having the largest maternity program on the North Shore, the hospitals have a large and high quality inpatient Behavioral Health service at Addison Gilbert, BayRidge and Beverly hospitals. Over the past five years, the orthopedic surgery service at Beverly Hospital has grown in volume and reputation. It is now the 5th largest orthopedic service in Eastern Massachusetts, and a clinical affiliate of New England Baptist Hospital.

Phil was also responsible for spearheading the hospitals’ CREATE culture. CREATE stands for community, respect, excellence, accountability, teamwork and empathy, which are all qualities that the staff embody and use as a guide for providing the best care possible.

“Phil Cormier leaves an indelible mark on our hospital system,” said Nancy Palmer, chair of the Northeast Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees. “Under his leadership, and in a dynamic healthcare environment, we continue to deliver the highest quality care to our community, and I am deeply proud and grateful for our accomplishments during this critically important and challenging time.”

Once he finishes work in February, Phil has big plans for his retirement. The pandemic is limiting travel now, but as an avid runner, Phil will have time to get more miles in locally. He also wants to volunteer for environmental causes “to preserve our planet for future generations.”

Now that our hospitals have joined the Beth Israel Lahey Health system, Phil notes we are stronger than ever. When asked about what he’s most proud of, he said, “Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital are still providing services to their communities more than 100 years after they were founded. It’s the strength of the organization, the community, the staff, the physicians, the nurses, the Board and the management that will help us continue into the future.”

Stay tuned for details on our plans to honor Phil and help our community express its gratitude for his commitment to our health.