Chief Executive Officer, Lowell General Hospital and Executive Vice President of Tufts Medicine
Joseph (Jody) White has served as CEO of Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital since April 2017. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall vision and leadership of the health system and hospital’s management. In September 2022, he stepped down from his dual role as President to assume an expanded leadership role with the Tufts Medicine system, with a focus on advancing the mission and vision of the physician network.
Mr. White also works closely with leaders from across the public and private sectors to prioritize Lowell General Hospital’s interests on important financial, policy and workplace issues. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he served an extended, 18-month term as chair of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association board of trustees, working closely with government and healthcare leaders to coordinate the statewide pandemic response.
As President and CEO, Mr. White led the effort to create Circle Health and worked to fully realize its vision to be one of the best integrated healthcare systems in America. Born of collaboration among community physicians, Lowell General Hospital, Lowell Community Health Center and Circle Home, Circle Health represented a unique community-based approach to care and a force for positive change in how individuals, families and communities experience and improve their health. The collaboration supported investment in new technologies, advanced clinical expertise, the most innovative treatment approaches and medical best practices, individual and community health management, augmented by partnerships with leading academic medical centers and specialty clinics.
Mr. White was named President of Lowell General Hospital in 2013. He had previously served for 10 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the hospital and was responsible for overseeing its daily operations. Since Mr. White joined the leadership team, Lowell General Hospital has earned both regional and national recognition for its quality of care and work environment, including Magnet designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2015 – an honor celebrating excellence in patient care held by only 4% of hospitals nationally. He played a strategic leadership role in Lowell General Hospital’s merger with Saints Medical Center in 2012, as well as the hospital’s Legacy Project, a major expansion of its main campus to construct the six-story Dahod Building in 2012.
White came to Lowell General from Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. After serving as Administrative Director of Emergency Services and Assistant Vice President, Mr. White was named Vice President of Administration in 1994 and was responsible for outpatient services, ambulatory care, and diagnostic services. His accomplishments during his tenure at Middlesex Hospital included the planning, design and operation of a new Cancer Center and a new diagnostic cardiac catheterization center.
Mr. White holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from the University of Bridgeport. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
An active member of several healthcare industry organizations, Mr. White currently serves as the board chair of The Yankee Alliance, a supply chain company. He is also a member of the board and executive committee of the Lowell Plan. He also sits on the boards of Tufts Medicine Care at Home, a community-based home healthcare and hospice agency; the Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley, and Lowell-based UTEC.