Patrick A. Charmel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Griffin Hospital and its parent organization, Griffin Health Services Corporation, has been associated with Griffin since 1979, when he served as a student intern while attending Quinnipiac University. He became president in 1998, and also serves as the CEO of Planetree Inc., a subsidiary not-for-profit organization that supports an alliance of over 150 premier hospitals located across the United States and in the Netherlands, Canada, Brazil and Japan that are committed to patient empowerment and the delivery of patient centered care. During his tenure, he has positioned Griffin Hospital as an award-winning, innovative organization, recognized as an industry leader in providing personalized, humanistic, consumer-driven health care in a healing environment. Under his leadership, Griffin has appeared on the Fortune Magazine list of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" for ten consecutive years. Related to quality of care, Griffin Hospital was named a 2007 Premier/Care Science National Quality Leader and received the 2009 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and HealthGrades 2009 Outstanding Patient Experience award. Griffin was also a recipient of Total Benchmark Solution’s Top 100 Quality Award in 2006 and was named one of the Thompson 100 Top Performance Improvement Leader Hospitals in 2004. Charmel is a co-author of the book “Putting Patients First” which received the American College of Healthcare Executive’s Health Care Book of the Year Award in 2004. In 2008, he completed a three-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality to which he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services. He is Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Hospital Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of Qualidigm, a CMS contracted quality improvement organization.