Newburyport, Mass.– Glenn D. Focht, MD, has been named the new president of Anna Jaques Hospital and will lead the hospital in continuing its commitment to delivering exceptional care to the community.
Since 2021, Focht has served as chief medical officer and senior vice president of Anna Jaques Hospital (AJH) as well as chief operating officer of Seacoast Affiliated Group Practice (SAGP), an Anna Jaques-employed physician practice. He will assume his new role as hospital president effective September 4.
“Dr. Focht is a thoughtful, compassionate, experienced physician leader who has more than 25 years of experience leading high-performing teams,” said Michael Rowan, executive vice president, Hospital and Ambulatory Services of Beth Israel Lahey Health. “He is driven by the mission to provide excellent care to all patients in the communities Anna Jaques serves. We are confident his proven talents and skills as an excellent listener and communicator will allow us to continue meeting the diverse health care needs of the region.”
During his tenure as chief medical officer at Anna Jaques Hospital, Focht has led initiatives to reduce readmissions, launched new practices and entered new markets in three procedural specialties. He also has spearheaded efforts to bring new primary care physicians into the Anna Jaques service area to increase access for patients and supported recruitment of new physicians in obstetrics/gynecology, cardiology, reconstructive surgery and gastroenterology.
Prior to joining Anna Jaques Hospital, Focht served for four years as president of the Connecticut Children’s Specialty Group at Connecticut Children’s Hospital, a multi-specialty group that included 200 physicians and more than 100 advanced practice clinicians. He previously served as the chief medical officer for the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization (PPOC) at Boston Children’s Hospital for five years. He was also president of the Central Maine Medical Group at Central Maine Healthcare and held the senior vice president of medical affairs and CMO roles at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and Milford Regional Hospital for many years.
“I am honored to lead an organization filled with compassionate nurses, physicians and team members, all of whom are focused on providing high-quality care within our community,” Focht said. “I am humbled to have the chance to make a difference for the patients and families we serve, while working to advance the capacities of clinical teams to provide world-class care close to home.”
Focht is board certified in internal medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and completed his internship and residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
“Dr. Focht brings extensive clinical experience and a proven record of excellence to this position, and we are very pleased that he will assume the helm as the next president of Anna Jaques Hospital,” said Grace Connolly, chair of the Anna Jaques Board of Trustees. “His commitment and dedication to high-quality care will greatly benefit our patients, staff, nurses, physicians and the overall well-being of the local community.”
Interim President Jeffrey Brickman will continue in his role until September 4.
About Anna Jaques Hospital
Anna Jaques Hospital is a 119-bed not-for-profit community hospital serving the Merrimack Valley, North Shore and Southern New Hampshire. With 1,200 employees and more than 200 physicians on staff, Anna Jaques is recognized for delivering high quality community health care with an emphasis on patient satisfaction.
Anna Jaques Hospital is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,800 physicians and 38,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.