Stephen W. Larcen, Ph.D., Named CEO of Windham Hospital
Stephen W. Larcen, Ph.D., has been named the CEO of Windham Hospital. For the past six months, Larcen had been serving in that role on an interim basis. He will also continue to serve as president and chief executive officer of Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield.
“Steve is one of Hartford HealthCare’s (HHC) most able executives,” said Elliot Joseph, president and CEO of HHC. “He has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, intelligence, flexibility and a talent for communication in his various roles.”
Joseph noted that Larcen has already made a significant contribution to Windham. Throughout his interim assignment, he has recruited physicians to strengthen its Cardiology program, created a local partnership to help support its Women’s Health Services program and has overseen the construction of a new medical office building.
David C. Klein, Ph.D., vice president of community programs at Natchaug Hospital, will also transition from an interim role to a permanent one. He had been serving as Natchaug’s interim chief operating officer for the past six months and is now its permanent COO.
“I am honored to be able to join the Windham Hospital family in a permanent capacity,” said Larcen. “I have been wonderfully supported by Hartford HealthCare, the Windham and Natchaug leadership teams, medical staffs, boards and the truly remarkable staffs at both organizations throughout the interim process. My ability to lead both institutions is a tribute to all these men and women.” He concluded, “Windham Hospital has an outstanding reputation in the community and has tremendous potential for growth. I couldn’t be more excited to continue the initiatives and processes already begun that will build something great inside and out at Windham.”
Larcen has more than 40 years of experience in behavioral health and health care management. He has been president and CEO of Natchaug since 1990 and took on the role of vice president of behavioral health for HHC in 1997. Among his previous positions, he served as vice president of operations of Cumberland Health Systems in Nashville, Tenn.; CEO of Northwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.; and executive director of United Services, a mental health center, in Dayville, Conn.
He also worked as an organizational consultant in mergers and affiliations, organizational development, clinical and business operations, and financial management for a wide range of health care facilities and organizations.
Larcen is a member of the management committee and former president of Behavioral Health Connecticut LLC, and is active in the Connecticut Hospital Association. Among his many leadership and community activities, he was appointed by the governor to the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council and serves on the East Lyme Board of Finance.
Larcen received the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems’ 2010 NAPHS Grassroots Leadership Award for his work in elevating the importance of grassroots advocacy within the association and taking direct, personal action to educate members of Congress about issues affecting access, coverage and fair funding for quality mental health services.
Larcen received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia and a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. He completed an internship in clinical and community psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and an advanced training program in community mental health administration at the Staff College of the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, D.C.
About Hartford HealthCare
Hartford HealthCare (HHC) is focused on becoming the next generation of integrated health systems, marked by strong patient focus, heightened efficiency, consistent quality performance and open, collaborative sharing of best practices. The HHC system includes Hartford Hospital, MidState Medical Center; Windham Hospital; The Hospital of Central Connecticut, The Institute of Living psychiatric center; VNA HealthCare; VNA of Central Connecticut; Clinical Laboratory Partners; Hartford Medical Group; Eastern Rehabilitation Network; and two regional behavioral health centers, Rushford and Natchaug Hospital.
About Windham Hospital
Windham Hospital is a 130-bed acute care hospital serving thousands of people in northeastern Connecticut. For nearly 80 years, Windham Hospital has been renowned for its outstanding physicians and extraordinary nursing care and today offers a unique combination of talent and technology in patient care as a member of Hartford HealthCare, Connecticut’s premier health care system.
About Natchaug Hospital
Natchaug Hospital, a Hartford HealthCare partner founded in 1954, is the primary provider of a regional system of care for children, adolescents and adults with mental illness and substance abuse problems. The hospital's 57-bed facility in Mansfield Center, Conn., provides inpatient care for more than 650 seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents as well as 1,300 adults in crisis each year. Journey House, a 13-bed residential treatment center for adolescent girls, also is operated by Natchaug Hospital on its Mansfield campus. Natchaug's day hospital, after-school and special education school programs provide treatment to more than 2,750 children, adolescents and adults each year through programs in Danielson, Enfield, Groton, Mansfield, Montville, Norwich, Old Saybrook, Putnam and Vernon, Conn.