New President Appointed to Lead Baystate Franklin Medical Center

GREENFIELD — Baystate Health has concluded its search for a new president to lead Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Trish Hannon, senior vice president for Health Care Operations, Baystate Health, said that Charles (Chuck) Gijanto, a seasoned health care executive, has accepted the position, and will be starting in his new role on April 30.

Gijanto has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) Medical Center in Plattsburgh, N.Y. since 2002. Prior to that, he had spent two years as the hospital’s vice president of Strategic Business Development and for four years as the chief financial officer.

During his tenure at CVPH, Gijanto’s major accomplishments included development of an advanced cardiac services program, completion of a master facility plan, oversight of the planning for a new surgical wing, and creation of two strategic plans. Previously, Gijanto had held positions with Fanny Allen Hospital, part of the Fletcher Allen Health Care System in Vermont; Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga, NY; and the State of New York.

Gijanto views his move to Baystate Franklin Medical Center as an opportunity to apply the insight and skill he has developed through his work in operations, planning, and finance to oversight of the hospital as a whole.

“From developing strong physician-hospital relationships to securing the hospital’s financial position, building on the service excellence and quality initiatives already underway, and getting as involved as possible in the community, I welcome this chance to help balance the entire equation,” he said.

Throughout his interview process at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, the most overriding theme Gijanto heard was people’s intense commitment to the organization and its mission.

“The kind of passion I felt in Greenfield was so sincere; with support like that, I look forward to building on the recent success of the hospital,” he said. “All of the staff and community members I met have a real sense of ownership about Baystate Franklin, and the energy and enthusiasm to keep strengthening its programs and services.”

Gijanto will succeed Interim President Carl Fitch, who has been at BFMC since October 2007.

Fitch will stay with Baystate Franklin until the end of April, when Gijanto arrives.