(Boston, MA)- After an extensive national search, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and the Continuing Care Division of Partners HealthCare recently announced that Sandra Sedacca will join the organization in the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Chief Development Officer effective November 28, 2016. Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is one of the leading rehabilitation providers in the country with a #5 ranking in US News & World Report Best Hospitals Survey and serves as a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School.
“We are thrilled to have Sandra bring her strong record in philanthropy to Spaulding as we look to expand our efforts in research, care and advocacy,” said David Storto, President, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. “Her vision and leadership will greatly enhance our already strong philanthropic efforts and make a meaningful impact for the communities we serve.”
Formerly the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Campaign of Harvard Medical School (HMS), Sandra joins a robust development team at Spaulding that has raised millions to support Spaulding’s mission of care and research for persons with disabilities.
“As we have seen time and again, the need for a vibrant Spaulding to serve those in need and advance our understanding of care have never been greater,” said Scott Schoen, Chairman of the Board, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. “Sandra’s extensive track record of results will help propel our efforts to support transformative care and research that are vital to our mission.”
Prior to her role at HMS, Sandra served in several other key leadership positions, including Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Vice President of Development for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation and Dean of Development & External Relations for the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Earlier in her career she worked in senior advancement positions for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and Save the Children Federation.
“As a researcher and clinician I know the integral role an effective philanthropy program can have to advance the science and care we deliver to our patients. Our faculty and researchers are thrilled to have someone of Sandra’s extensive experience spearhead this critically important work as we embark on creating new pathways of recovery.” said Dr. Ross Zafonte, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Research and Education at Spaulding and the Harvard Medical School Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
In addition to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Sandra will look to expand the philanthropy programs that support Partners HealthCare at Home which along with Spaulding comprises the Continuing Care Division of Partners HealthCare. Partners HealthCare at Home is one of the largest home health organizations in New England serving thousands of patients and families each year with services including private care, chronic disease management and telehealth among others.
ABOUT SPAULDING REHABILITATION NETWORK: A member of Partners HealthCare, The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, its main campus in Charlestown as well as Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge and two skilled nursing facilities, as well as twenty-five outpatient sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Spaulding has been awarded a Model Systems designation in three specialty areas- Brain Injury, Burn Injury Rehabilitation, and Spinal Cord Injury - by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. Spaulding is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School as well as the official rehabilitation hospital of the New England Revolution. Spaulding is the only rehabilitation hospital in New England continually ranked since 1995 by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Hospitals survey, ranking #5 ranking in 2016. For more information, please visit www.spauldingrehab.org.