GREAT BARRINGTON — Community Health Programs has turned to the partner of a Boston-based management firm to serve as the countywide health agency's interim CEO.
Lia Spiliotes, a partner and senior adviser at Cambridge Management Group of Boston, will head CHP temporarily in the wake of former CEO Bryan Ayars' departure last month.
Ayars, who had headed CHP since 2009, resigned in early November after concerns were expressed about the nonprofit's leadership. They included a discrimination complaint filed by a former employee against Ayers and the organization.
Spiliotes' interim position at CHP is independent of her job responsibilities with Cambridge Management Group, according to CHP board Chairwoman Jodi Rathbun-Briggs.
She has more than 25 years of experience in health care, including a stint as interim CEO of Community Health Connections in Fitchburg. Like CHP, Community Health Connections is a federally qualified health center.
"Lia's job is going to be focusing on our day-to-day management, but she will also help us assess needs for CHP now and looking forward into the future to make sure it is structured adequately to serve the needs of our community," Rathbun-Briggs said.
CHP will eventually recruit a permanent CEO, but Rathbun-Briggs said the countywide health center has entered into a long-term engagement with Spilotes that is independent of her previous job responsibilities.
"I would expect her to be with us nine to 12 months," Rathbun-Briggs said.
CHP began working with Cambridge Management Group in late 2014 on an internal management review of the entire organization. CMG has helped many health care organizations engage physicians in setting clinical priorities while strengthening organization's administrative and financial health.
"We look forward to having Lia helps us to achieve our goals," Rathbun-Briggs said.
In addition to helping other federally qualified health centers' administrators and boards develop new strategies and evaluate operations, Spiliotes has also served in an advisory role with health care technology companies.
She has extensive experience in health care policy and regulatory issues, and received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to develop interactive health management tools for the Hispanic community.
Spiliotes holds a bachelor's degree with a concentration in neuroscience from Smith College, and a master of science degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.