Bristol Hospital announces CFO, VP of operations

Published on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:43
Written by Lorenzo Burgio


BRISTOL - The Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group named Richard Braam as the new vice president of finance and chief financial officer, and Robert Smanik as the new vice president of operations.

Bristol Hospital President and CEO Kurt A. Barwis said, “One of the key strengths of any high-quality performing organization - like Bristol Hospital - is its ability to attract and retain the very best staff, leaders and others who are central to achieving and sustaining its mission.

“Bob [Smanik] and Rick [Braam] possess outstanding qualities, talents and ideas that will enable Bristol Hospital to continue to achieve excellence and accomplish our mission of providing safe and high-quality care to the Greater Bristol community.”

Braam named new vice president of finance and CFO.

Braam oversees all accounting, financial operations, managed care, revenue cycle, information systems, purchasing and material management. Prior to Bristol Hospital, he held the same position at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md.

He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Baltimore.

Braam also worked as the controller and chief financial officer with Bob Secours Baltimore Health Systems, served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, is a certified accountant and a member of numerous professional organizations.

He hasn’t “really seen a healthcare organization that has that full of a spectrum of care,” he said, and explained Bristol Hospital’s “unique nature” and “full continuum of care” is what attracted him.

“The other attraction is that it’s a community hospital,” he said which he “has a love for, and the communities that they are in are such a resource and part of the fabric.”

To expand the broad spectrum of care already offered, Braam hopes to bring more services into the community. He said, “A major focus now is recruitment of physicians and bringing that specialty care right into the backyard.”

Smanik named new vice president of operations.

Smanik was vice president of administration at Bristol Hospital from 1988-1994. He returned in May as interim vice president of operations after working at Day Kimball Healthcare in Putnam for about 10 years and permanently took the position overseeing operations, quality and improvement.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, a master’s degree in health services administration from Ohio State University and completed his administrative residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations.

Smanik also served as president and CEO of Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

He is “a big fan of community hospitals,” he said, because they are a tremendous resource for the community and present opportunities to make an impact.

In community hospitals, Smanik explained, “you see what you can do to help your teammates, employees or most importantly the patients and their families,” and plans to focus on “service excellence, efficiencies and continuing to work to keep the cost of healthcare as low as possible.”

“The vision here that I’m joining is one that I support. The vision is active recruitment of physicians and providers in the community to ensure there is access for community residents or increasingly taking service out to the community,” he added.

Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at or at 860-584-0501 x5088.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville, General Business, General News on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:43. Updated: Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:45.