Eric Smullen

Eric Smullen was recently named Vice President of Operations for the Hartford HealthCare Community Network, a comprehensive network of resources providing a continuum of care across the Hartford HealthCare system. As Vice President, Smullen is responsible for overseeing the operations for the Community Network, which includes Hartford HealthCare’s Rehabilitation Network, senior services and private pay and certified homecare organizations consisting of more than 3,000 employees.

Prior to taking his current role in the spring of 2020, Smullen served as the Vice President of Rehabilitation for Hartford HealthCare for six years where he was responsible for managing all rehabilitation services within the Hartford HealthCare system. This included rehab operations at seven acute care hospitals, a 26 bed inpatient rehab unit, home care an sub-acute rehab services and close to 50 outpatient clinic locations.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network for the past 15 years and look forward to helping them and the entire Community Network continue to grow and be successful,” Smullen said. “My main goal is to focus on operational system integration across all of our service lines in support of the original vision of the Community Network when it was founded.”

A graduate of Northeastern University where he earned a degree in physical therapy, Smullen began his career at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before moving to the Washington D.C. area where he honed his skills as both a therapist and regional leader for Medstar/NRH Rehabilitation Network. Working for these large healthcare organizations showed Smullen the value of offering an integrated system of care and helped shape the vision he brought to Hartford HealthCare.

“The experience I had prior to coming to HHC taught me the importance of offering both clinical excellence and the integration of services into a wide ranging continuum of care, which has been my focus ever since I started here,” he said.

Despite beginning his new role in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding healthcare it brought with it, Smullen said he never lost his focus on making the Hartford HealthCare Community Network the statewide leader in post-acute care services.

“I started at an extraordinary time have been amazed, but not surprised, at the incredible efforts demonstrated by all of our colleagues in the Community Network,” Smullen said. “I am constantly in awe of what we are able to accomplish when we come together as a common organization with a common goal.”

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network