Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with his bachelor’s, Thomas Lenkowski considered four career options: the Peace Corps , the Navy, healthcare or a pickle factory. He chose healthcare, and since 1975 has worked in the hospital field.
Today, Lenkowski is the new chief financial officer at Speare Memorial Hospital. He describes the evolution of healthcare as “confusing, complicated and tumultuous.” The Accountable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations and “Obamacare” are once again changing the face of healthcare.
“I’ve seen a lot of changes in healthcare,” notes Lenkowski, “but that is what has kept it challenging and exciting as we continually adapt to, and work with change.” He explains the goal of the current shift in healthcare is to change the practice patterns of both patients and physicians. The aim is to reduce costs with an overall focus on prevention, but when care is needed, that the “whole” patient is treated.
Lenkowski continues by saying this is where technology needs to play a bigger role in healthcare. Patients’ health information needs to be able to move and be accessible to all their care providers so we can improve delivery of care individually, but collectively in terms of better meeting community health needs.
His career has taken him from a health system in Bennington, Vt., to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and several community hospitals—Cottage, Memorial and Littleton Regional. While he may be new to Speare, Lenkowski is not unfamiliar with New Hampshire.
He says, “The keyword is community. I like to live where I work, and with a community hospital I am able to wear more than one hat which adds variety.” In addition to finding the opportunity to be Speare’s CFO, Lenkowski says he was also drawn to what the Plymouth region offers outside of work—the natural environment, outdoor activities, and the cultural programs associated with Plymouth State University.
Currently Lenkowski resides in Thornton. He and his wife Sharry have three grown children and two grandchildren. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and has been active in Rotary. Lenkowski is the past president of the NH/VT Healthcare Financial Management Association and has also served on the organization’s national board. Additionally, he has been a board member of his church and at the Oldcastle Theater Company in Bennington, Vt.