Biography of Bob Fanning


After graduating from MHS, I attended Bridgton Academy for a post graduate year. Went onto Michigan State University where I majored in Healthcare Administration. While at MSU did an internship at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Was admitted to George Washington University, but could not get a deferment from being drafted, so got into the Army Reserve and did my basic training at Ft. Polk, LA and was trained as a Medic at Ft. Sam Houston. Got out of training, an worked at the Mass General prior to going to Xavier University for my MBA.

Did my Administrative Resident at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and stayed on to work as an Administrative Assistant to Dr. Rabkin, the President. Went to Burbank Hospital in Fitchburg where I worked for five years. Became the Chief Operating Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital and in 1980 became the President of Beverly Hospital. During my time at Beverly we purchased the Hunt Hospital, merged with Addison Gilbert Hospital and the Seacoast Nursing Home. Build a Nursing Home on the Beverly Campus as well as an Assisted Living Facility. Had two failed merger attempts with The North Shore Medical Center/Salem Hospital. Retired in 2000, and did interim management and turnaround work for troubled healthcare systems.

My last assignment was COO of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in New York. Retired in 2005 as Senior Director of The Huron Consulting Group.

My wife Nancy and I have been married for 45 years. We have two daughters, and four grandchildren. My one daughter is Director of Population Health at the Brigham and Women’s, and my other daughter is in Development at Harvard Law School.