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Sandra Coletta
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Care New England

Sandra Coletta is Care New England’s Chief Operating Officer. Most recently she served as President and CEO of Kent Hospital. Before joining Care New England, she served at The Miriam Hospital and Lifespan for 25 years, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of The Miriam Hospital (1999-2008). She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Providence College (1980) and a master’s in business administration from Bryant University (1988). She currently serves as a trustee of Providence College and served on the board of The Chaplaincy Center from 2002 to 2010, including five years as Board Chair.

She has been active in the community through her leadership of the Walk to Defeat ALS (2010), Leukemia and Lymphoma Light the Night Walk (2011), and the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Southern New England (2012).

Mrs. Coletta is often asked to provide insight into the topic of medical apology stemming from her settlement of the Michael J. Woods malpractice case against Kent Hospital in 2008. She has led the establishment of the Michael J. Woods Institute at Kent Hospital, with the goal of redesigning health care from a human factor engineering perspective, underscoring her belief that medical apology is only meaningful if followed by real change.