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Press Release: HopeHealth Announces New Board Officer Appointments

collage of five new board member appointees

Providence, RI – HopeHealth has announced five new officer appointments to its board of directors: Vincent Mor, PhD, board chair; Mark A. Tracy, vice chair; Carie Ann Bailey, secretary; Michael DiSandro, treasurer; and Keith Kelly, immediate past chair.

The newly appointed officers are known for innovation and leadership in their fields, as well as embodying the compassion at the heart of HopeHealth’s mission. The new officers along with the other members of the Board, will provide strategic guidance to HopeHealth as it delivers high quality home care, palliative and hospice care to communities across Rhode Island, Greater Boston and southeastern Massachusetts.

“Our board of directors are integral to HopeHealth’s purpose of offering hope and dignity to our patients and families. We’re thrilled to have these five extraordinary individuals leading the board,” says Diana Franchitto, president and CEO of HopeHealth. “From public health to finance, they offer important insights and we’re so pleased to have their combined expertise to continue to deliver on our mission, every day.”
Dr. Mor is the Florence Pirce Grant Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Practice in the Brown University School of Public Health. He has decades of experience conducting research on hospice and palliative care, including directing the original study that paved the way for the Medicare hospice benefit. Dr. Mor has been principal investigator of more than 40 National Institutes of Health grants focusing on use of health services and outcomes of frail and chronically ill people. He is the recipient of the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award for contributions to health services research and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Tracy is the Executive Chair and co-Founder of EarthAcre, an organization that empowers indigenous and local communities to address climate change through the preservation of biodiversity. EarthAcre uses cutting edge technology to pioneer the monetization of natural assets. He has spent the majority of his career creating innovative financial tools to solve intractable problems. Tracy has a masters degree from the Kennedy School of Government, a bachelors degree from Brown University, and serves as board chair for the Rhode Island Public Health Institute and vice-chair of the HopeHealth board of directors.

As senior vice president and customer experience officer at Bluestone Bank, Bailey focuses on community banking including relationship management, product development, and prioritization of the customer experience. Much of her career has focused on promoting a culture of customer-centric excellence across all business lines, customer touchpoints and community engagement. Bailey serves as board chair of the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce based in Mansfield, MA and is on the board of incorporators of the Hockomock Area YMCA in North Attleboro, MA.

DiSandro is a senior vice president within First Citizens Bank’s Equipment Finance division. He has more than 30 years of diverse banking experience in leverage finance, commercial banking and credit risk management. He also serves as a board member for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Children’s Friend based in Providence, RI.

Kelly, president of Citizens Bank Rhode Island, is now the immediate past chair after serving as HopeHealth’s board chair for 10 years during which he provided extraordinary leadership and commitment to HopeHealth’s mission during a period of immense growth. He has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial banking industry, including asset-based and real estate lending as well as small and middle market lending experience. Prior to working at Citizens Bank, he was with The Washington Trust Company.

For more information about HopeHealth’s board of directors, visit


About HopeHealth
For more than a century, HopeHealth has provided high quality, compassionate care to people in various stages of illness in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Its roots began in home care in 1908 and then in hospice in 1976, coming together as HopeHealth in 2011 as a provider of home care, palliative care and hospice care. As the second oldest hospice in the country and one of the largest not-for-profit providers of palliative and hospice care in New England, HopeHealth has set the gold standard in serious illness and end-of-life care. HopeHealth is the major teaching affiliate for hospice and palliative care of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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