Senior Leadership Team
Karen Ahearn, RN, MPA, NEA-BC, Interim President
Justine DeFronzo, MBA, BSN, RN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer
Justine spent the early part of her career at Lowell General Hospital, serving in a variety of nursing roles with progressive responsibility, including Pediatrics, Emergency Department, Administrative Nursing Supervisor, and Clinical Nurse Manager – Pediatrics and Special Care Nursery. She was instrumental in achieving Magnet designation for the hospital.
Justine received both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Rivier University and is a fellow of the MHA Leadership College. She is a member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders and is on the Management of Practice Committee and the IT subcommittee. Justine is dedicated to community involvement and volunteerism and has been on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell for several years and is currently serving as Chair.
Brian Smith, Chief Financial Officer
Lawrence Hotes, MD, FACP, FACE, Chief Medical Officer
Lawrence Hotes, MD, brings a wealth of clinical and administrative experience to Carney Hospital.
For the past decade, he has served as the Chief Medical Officer of New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, Massachusetts and as past president of the New England Sinai Hospital Physician Corporation. He currently serves as a board member and vice president of the National Association of Long Term Hospitals and he led the development of the New England Sinai Hospital satellite facility at Carney Hospital.
Dr. Hotes is a member of the faculty of the Tufts University School of Medicine and a lecturer with the Bouve College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Northeastern University.
Dr. Hotes earned his medical degree from George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. He completed both his internship and residency at the Boston University Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.