Patrick A. Charmel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Griffin Hospital and its parent organization, Griffin Health Services Corporation, has been associated with Griffin since 1979, when he served as a student intern while attending Quinnipiac University. After serving in a number of administrative positions, he became President in 1998. As President of Griffin Health Services Corporation, he is also the Chief Executive Officer of Planetree Inc., a subsidiary corporation. Planetree is a not-for-profit organization that supports an alliance of over 150 premier hospitals located across the United States and in the Netherlands, Canada, Brazil and Japan that are committed to patient empowerment and the delivery of patient centered care.
During his tenure, he has positioned Griffin Hospital as an award-winning, innovative organization, recognized as an industry leader in providing personalized, humanistic, consumer-driven health care in a healing environment. Under his leadership, Griffin has appeared on the Fortune Magazine list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for ten consecutive years. The Griffin Hospital management team was selected as the 2008 Top Leadership Team in Healthcare in the nation for community and mid-size hospitals by HealthLeaders Media. The hospital was also named as one of ten of America’s Healing Hospitals by the Journal of Sacred Work of the Baptist Trust in 2007 and 2008.
Related to quality of care, Griffin Hospital was named a 2007 Premier/CareScience National Quality Leader and received the 2009 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and HealthGrades 2009 Outstanding Patient Experience award. Griffin was also a recipient of Total Benchmark Solution’s Top 100 Quality Award in 2006 and was named one of the Thompson 100 Top Performance Improvement Leader Hospitals in 2004. Charmel is a co-author of the book “Putting Patients First” which received the American College of Healthcare Executive’s Health Care book of the year award in 2004. A second edition of the book was released in October 2008.
Griffin Hospital has been featured in four business books published recently: “Tribal Leadership – Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization” (2008); Case Studies in Transparency – Real-World Ways for Marketers to Educate Consumers” (2008) “Fire Them Up” (2007); “The Disney Way – Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in Your Company”.
In 2008, he completed a three year term as a member of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality to which he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services. He is Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Hospital Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of Qualidigm, a CMS contracted quality improvement organization. Charmel is Chair of the Board of Governors of the Quinnipiac University Alumni Association and a University Trustee.
In 2006 he was the recipient of the John D. Thompson Distinguished Visiting Fellow Award at Yale University. Quinnipiac University honored him with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. He is a recipient of the James E. West Fellow Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He was inducted into the Junior Achievement Free Enterprise Hall of Fame in 2002, and he is a recipient of the Dean Avery Award given by the New London Day newspaper which recognizes an individual’s commitment to the public’s right to know.
After graduating from Quinnipiac University, Charmel received a Masters of Public Health degree from Yale University. He currently lives in Hamden with his wife, Robyn and their son, Patrick.