Senior Leadership Team
Salvatore Perla, DrPH, President
Dr. Salvatore (Sal) Perla is a dynamic health care leader with demonstrated success in building new service lines to serve the community and developing strong patient-centered cultures with a passion for delivering high-quality care. Sal came to Norwood Hospital in 2018 following five years leading another Steward facility, Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC). Under Sal's leadership, NVMC was named a Leapfrog Top Hospital and earned many consecutive Grade A's for patient safety and quality. Sal was also instrumental in expanding new service offerings including bariatric surgery, comprehensive breast health, pain management and a state-of-the-art sports and physical therapy center; growing the medical staff, and bringing some of the latest diagnostic technologies to the hospital.
Prior to joining Steward Health Care, Sal served as Vice President of Milford Regional Medical Center where he oversaw clinical operations, program development and real estate. Perla started his career in Boston as a scientist specializing in microbiology and infectious disease. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and holds a master's degree in health care administration and a doctorate in public health with a focus on population health management with a sub-specialty in care coordination for individuals with mental illness.
Matthew H. Lowry, MD, FCCP, Vice President, Medical Affairs
Dr. Matt Lowry, a practicing pulmonologist and critical care physician, became Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Norwood Hospital in 2011. In this senior leadership role, Dr. Lowry is the primary liaison to the medical staff and responsible for quality improvement, risk management, and regulatory compliance.
Prior to his appointment as CMO, Dr. Lowry served as Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Norwood Hospital for five years and was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University. Before joining Steward Health Care, Dr. Lowry was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University and an Intensive Care Unit Staff Physician at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He served five years as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, earning the Navy Achievement Medal.
Dr. Lowry received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia (UVA), earned a Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business at UVA and attended the UVA School of Medicine. He was Chief Resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital, and completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Boston University Boston Medical Center.
Dr. Lowry is board certified in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine and is a certified physician executive. He is involved in local youth soccer as a licensed coach.
Elizabeth Ganem, MBA, Chief Financial Officer
Beth Ganem joined Norwood Hospital as Director of Finance Operations in 2015. Her success and positive impact on the financial operations of the hospital led to her promotion to CFO in 2018. Beth is an accomplished health care executive with a proven track record of improving efficiencies and strengthening operations and financials. Prior to joining Norwood Hospital, Beth held positions of increasing responsibility with Massachusetts General Hospital and in the consumer goods industry.
Beth earned a management degree at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and an MBA in Finance at Bentley College.
Donna Rubinate, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Patient Services and Operations
Donna joined Norwood Hospital in 2015, assuming the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)/Nursing Officer (CNO) and Vice President of Patient Services. In this senior leadership role, Donna manages a nursing staff of 450, leads patient experience and patient flow initiatives and oversees various service areas, including pharmacy, radiology, rehabilitation, and plant and facilities.
Previously, Donna served in various roles throughout the Steward Health Care System, including as President of Quincy Medical Center, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton and as Vice-President and CNO at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River. Donna’s nursing career began in Pennsylvania after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State University. She worked her way through the ranks and eventually into Operations/Nursing Administration with BroMenn Healthcare based in Bloomington, Illinois.
Donna earned a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University in 2004 and has been recognized as a VIP in the Worldwide Who’s Who, and by Elite American Nursing. Donna has served as an American Heart Association Board Member in Illinois and Massachusetts.