Constance A. Howes, FACHE, Esq., executive vice president of women’s health at Care New England, has joined the Women’s Choice Award Healthcare Advisory Board. The board is comprised of executive level health care professionals who have a deep expertise in health care issues and patient experience.
WomenCertified Inc., home to the Women’s Choice Award, announced the formation of the Advisory Board which will help fuel and advance its mission to elevate standards of patient care for women and their families by empowering them to make smart health care choices. Board members will provide insight, findings, expertise and thought leadership on the trends and challenges facing today’s consumers when choosing hospitals and health care providers, and provide solutions aimed at helping women who are responsible for 90% of health care decisions.
“The creation of the Women’s Choice Award Healthcare Advisory Board is essential to our future success because empowering women to make smart health care choices is most effective when executed locally through our partner hospitals,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of WomenCertified Inc. “These leaders are at the helm of the most successful hospitals in America, living our mission each day to provide outstanding patient experiences. Their success and guidance will support our goal to raise the standards of care for consumers through consumer awareness and education.”
Howes presides over the multidisciplinary Women's Health Council which guides program development in women's health for Care New England. She was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and also serves in a number of industry and civic leadership posts, including chairing the Governor’s Workforce Board and chairing Innovation Providence which is working to advance the state's knowledge economy and economic development.
Howes, of Providence, was president and chief executive officer of Women & Infants Hospital from 2002 to 2013, formerly serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to this role, Howes was vice president and general counsel for Care New England Health System and vice president and general counsel for Women & Infants Hospital. Before joining Women & Infants, Howes was an attorney with Tillinghast, Collins & Graham for 17 years where she practiced primarily in the area of business law and served as chairman of the Corporate Department.
Among her other community posts are member of the Board of Trustees of Roger Williams University Law School, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. She served on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee on Women’s Health Research, the AHA Regional Policy Board and was active with CWISH, the Council of Women and Infants Specialty Hospitals. She graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College and received her juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
About Care New England
Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island joined the system as a hospital partner in 2013. Care New England is an integrated health care system that offers a continuum of quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians; three teaching hospitals affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler, Memorial and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent; a visiting nurse and home care agency, the VNA of Care New England; and Care New England Wellness Center.
About WomenCertified Inc.
WomenCertified Inc. is a marketing research firm and home to the Women’s Choice Award, the only award that identifies brands that women recommend and empowers women with information to make smart brand choices for themselves and their loved ones. Our hundreds of thousands of members each share a lifetime of experience as a woman and vote for businesses and brands who are meeting their high expectations. Awards are based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men. To learn more, visit www.womenschoiceaward.com.