Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 16, 2014

Caffrey to lead Lawrence General Hospital board

Staff report
The Andover Townsman

---- — Local attorney Matthew Caffrey is the new chairman of the board of trustees of Lawrence General Hospital.

Caffrey assumed the position last month, succeeding Richard Santagati of Andover, former president of Merrimack College in North Andover, who has been a member of the board of trustees for 25 years and chairman since 2006.

Caffrey, a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Middlebury College in Vermont and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has been a member of Lawrence General’s board of trustees since 2007.

A trial attorney, Caffrey has a law firm in Andover. Prior to establishing his local practice in 1994, he was an associate of the Boston firm of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, P.C., in its litigation and environmental sections.

He is a past president of the Lawrence Bar Association and has served as a board member of several Lawrence nonprofit organizations, including MI Nursing and HealthCare Services, Inc. and Berkeley Retirement Home, Inc.

“I am thrilled to be working with this incredibly dedicated and talented board, as well as the leadership team at Lawrence General,” Caffrey said in a release. “I am not surprised that LGH is now one of the fastest-growing hospitals in Massachusetts, and our plans for the hospital’s future are very exciting indeed.”

Caffrey lives in Andover with his wife, Liana, and their three daughters, Michela, Natalie and Sophia.

“We’re very excited to have Matt as our chairman, and look forward to working with him and our other new members,” Dianne J. Anderson, president & CEO of Lawrence General Hospital, said in the release. “Our board leadership is terrific, and we’re privileged to have a team that shares our commitment to our patients and our mission of providing clinical quality and service excellence.”

Santagati said he enjoyed serving as chairman.

“It has been extremely gratifying to be part of the extraordinary growth in quality and services achieved by this talented and committed board, management and staff,” he said. “I look forward to collaborating on and supporting future initiatives for the benefit of patients.”

The hospital also announced two new members to its board of trustees. They are Jonathan G. Isaacson, president and CEO of The Gem Group, a privately held supplier of bags, business accessories and gifts headquartered in Lawrence, and Christopher Colecchi, managing director of Broadview Ventures, the philanthropic venture-investing arm of the Paris-based Leducq Family Trust, which invests in the development of cures for cardiovascular diseases.