Bruce’s career developed with positions of increasing challenge and responsibility at the Chelsea (Massachusetts) Heath Center, the Danbury (Connecticut) Health Department, the former Mid-Maine Medical Center (now Maine General), the Blue Hill (Maine) Memorial Hospital, and the Olean (NY) General Hospital.
After leading successful integrations and turnarounds at these numerous healthcare facilities, he became CEO at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, a traditional 280-bed general acute care community hospital in New London, Connecticut. Bruce led its transformation into L+M Healthcare, a diversified health system serving 280,000 residents in southeastern Connecticut, western Rhode Island, and Fisher’s Island, New York. He successfully implemented many multi-year initiatives combining the early adoption of “lean” techniques and high-reliability principles and practices to improve patient safety, workplace safety, environmental stewardship, and to reduce the cost of care. He capped his 11-year run at Lawrence + Memorial by leading the L+M Board, Medical Staff, and executive team in seeking, negotiating, and, ultimately securing a formal corporate affiliation with Yale New Haven Health in fall 2015.
Upon his retirement in May 2016, Bruce received the Connecticut Hospital Association’s highest award, the T. Stewart Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors (1990-2002)
• Chair, 1998-1999
- Western New York Hospital Association Board of Directors (2002-2005)
• Treasurer, 2003-2005
- Connecticut Hospital Association Board of Directors (2006-2016)
• Chair, 2013-2015
- American Hospital Association
• Regional Policy Board (New England, two terms)
• Maine Delegate to AHA
• Connecticut Delegate to AHA
- American College of Healthcare Executives (1980-present)
• Life Fellow (2017+)
• Regent’s Mid-Careerist Award (Maine)
• Regent’s Senior Careerist Achievement Award (Connecticut)
- Master’s in Public Health (health services administration), Yale School of Public Health
- Bachelor’s degree (sociology), Colby College