Plymouth hospital names new finance officer
PLYMOUTH – Speare Memorial Hospital has named Thomas Lenkowski its new financial officer.
Once earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Lenkowski considered four career options: the Peace Corps , the Navy, healthcare, "or a pickle factory," he said.
He chose healthcare, and since 1975 has worked in the hospital field.
Today, Lenkowski describes the evolution of the field as "confusing, complicated and tumultuous."
The Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care organizations and Obamacare are once again changing the face of healthcare, he said.
"I've seen a lot of changes in healthcare," he said, "but that is what has kept it challenging and exciting as we continually adapt to, and work with change."
He explains the goal of the current shift in healthcare is to change the practice patterns of both patients and physicians. The aim is to reduce costs with an overall focus on prevention. But when care is needed, the "whole" patient is should be treated, he said.
Lenkowski said technology needs to play a bigger role in healthcare. Patients' health information needs to be able to move and be accessible to all their care providers to improve delivery of care individually, and collectively in terms of better meeting community health needs.
His career has taken him from a health system in Bennington, Vt., to Martha's Vineyard Hospital and several community hospitals – Cottage, Memorial and Littleton Regional.
"The key word is 'community.' I like to live where I work, and with a community hospital I am able to wear more than one hat which adds variety."
Lenkowski lives in Thornton with his wife, Sharry. He holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and has been active in Rotary.
Lenkowski is the past president of the NH/VT Healthcare Financial Management Association and has also served on the organization's national board. Additionally, he has been a board member of his church and at the Oldcastle Theater Company in Bennington, Vt.