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Hospital for Special Care Appoints William J. Pesce, DO Interim Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Staff

July 14, 2020

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) has appointed Dr. William J. Pesce to serve as Interim Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Staff providing clinical leadership and oversight for the hospital’s inpatient and outpatient services.  Dr. Pesce has served as Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at HFSC for more than nine years and has practiced at the hospital since 1993.


“Our board of directors and his peers recognize Dr. Pesce as a highly skilled physician leader,” said Lynn Ricci, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “His extensive experience with complex rehabilitation and his extraordinary dedication to our patients have been even more valuable to our care delivery system throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”


HFSC has operated at surge capacity throughout the pandemic, providing critically needed care for patients with complex medical needs, including patients recovering from COVID-19.  “Bill has been a key leader in designing and supporting the rehabilitation protocol for patients on our dedicated COVID-19 recovery unit,” said Ricci.  “His calm, confident approach has provided reassurance to patients and staff alike during these challenging times.”


“Hospital for Special Care has an outstanding team of physicians, psychologists, nurses, respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers, recreation specialists and so many others working collaboratively to advance patient health and well-being,” said Dr. Pesce.  “It’s an honor to be able to support my colleagues and the organization, and to work with Lynn and the entire leadership team to keep HFSC in the spotlight as a national leader in neuromuscular care, pulmonary rehabilitation autism and so many other areas.”


Dr. Pesce, a Southington, CT resident, is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  He specializes in the care and treatment of musculoskeletal and spinal disorders, spinal cord injury, pain and spasticity management, stroke rehabilitation and electrodiagnostic medicine.


About Hospital for Special Care

Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and the only one in the nation serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HFSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit www.hfsc.org, and follow us on Facebook @HospitalforSpecialCare.


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