Holy Family Hospital’s Roach to Step Down; Jesiolowski Begins Oct. 3

Craig Jesiolowski, president of Saint Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, takes over Oct. 3.

Joseph Roach, president of Holy Family Hospital.

Joseph Roach, president of Holy Family Hospital.

Joseph Roach, president of Holy Family Hospital, Haverhill and Methuen, is stepping down from his post.

Craig Jesiolowski, president of Saint Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, another Steward-owned hospital, replaces Roach Oct. 3.

“It has been a privilege to serve the Holy Family community,” said Roach. “While I prepare for the next chapter in my career, I am confident that Holy Family has a promising future.”

Jesiolowski has served as president of Saint Anne’s Hospital since 2010. Since then the hospital has earned state and national recognition in numerous areas of care for both quality and safety, a statement said. Jesiolowski presided over substantial construction and service line expansion at Saint Anne’s. The hospital also developed formalized partnerships with key area physician groups, including PrimaCARE and Hawthorn Medical Associates, while “enhancing the hospital workplace culture,” read a statement. Jesiolowski plans to implement similar strategies at Holy Family Hospital.

“I am honored to accept the position as president of Holy Family and look forward to ensuring that patients receive superior care as we expand the essential services we provide to the public,” said Jesiolowski. Michael Bushell, current chief financial officer and vice president of operations at Saint Anne’s replaces Jesiolowski as president of Saint Anne’s Hospital.

It is unclear what impact, if any, the leadership changes will have on ongoing negotiations between 145 registered nurses at the Haverhill location and Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, Haverhill.

“We hope this signals an opportunity for hospital management to seriously address nurses’ concerns,” Joe Markman, associate director, public communications, Massachusetts Nurses Association, told WHAV.

John Polanowicz, executive vice president of the Steward Hospital Services Group, which includes both Holy Family Hospital and Saint Anne’s Hospital, thanked Roach for his service and offered praise for both Jesiolowski and Bushell.

“I want to thank Joe Roach for his service at Holy Family Hospital and I wish him the best in his next career endeavor,” said Polanowicz. “I’m very pleased to have such highly qualified individuals filling the role of president at Holy Family and Saint Anne’s hospitals. Michael Bushell knows the Saint Anne’s community and is a proven leader who will work tirelessly to continue the high quality service provided at Saint Anne’s. And under Craig Jesiolowski’s leadership, there will be a bright future for Holy Family.”

Between the two campuses, Holy Family includes 385 beds, more than 1,700 employees and contributes more than $4.6 million annually in charitable donations, free health care programming and other community benefits, the company said, adding, “Holy Family Hospital is also amongst the largest tax-paying employers in the region. Last year, Holy Family Hospital paid taxes equivalent to the average annual salaries of approximately 23 firefighters, 20 police officers or 18 teachers.