December 3, 2023

East Bay Community Action Program Announces New Chief Medical Officer


(East Providence, RI, November 22, 2022) - East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) is pleased to announce the promotion of Lisa Denny, MD, of Barrington, RI, from Associate Medical Director to EBCAP’s new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Denny replaces Sarah Fessler, MD, of East Providence, who is stepping down as EBCAP’s CMO after more than 20 years. “EBCAP is grateful to both Dr. Denny and Dr. Fessler for their dedication to improving the health and well-being of those we serve in the community,” states Dennis Roy, EBCAP President and CEO. “We look forward to advancing our community-focused health care services under Dr. Denny’s very capable leadership. And while Dr. Fessler is giving up her duties as EBCAP’s CMO, we look forward to her remaining as an integral member of our health care team,” adds Roy. Fessler plans to continue to care for her patients as well as expand her clinical hours.
“As a community health physician and advocate, I am very proud to have been a part of the many quality care initiatives implemented at EBCAP over the years,” states Fessler. Of note, Fessler oversaw the conversion of patients’ health information to an electronic medical records system; the certification of the Health Services Division as an Accountable Entity Program; and the expansion of much-needed medical and community support services during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There is always so much more we can do, and I look forward to the future growth and development of EBCAP’s community health initiatives under Dr. Denny’s guidance,” adds Fessler.

Much like her predecessor, Dr. Lisa Denny brings leadership and management skills to her role as EBCAP’s new CMO. “I have spent the past twenty years working to create health care systems where patients receive the care they need when and where they need it,” states Denny. “I look forward to being part of EBCAP’s leadership team as we continue to grow our three health centers to meet the needs of the East Bay community and maintain our legacy of excellent clinical care.” In addition to managing daily operations, Denny is also responsible for recruiting new physicians and improving clinical services.

Denny received her Doctorate from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, and earned her BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She completed her residency at Boston Medical Center and worked at Codman Square Community Health Center in Dorchester, MA prior to moving to Rhode Island. Before joining EBCAP in February of 2022, Denny was a founding partner of Barrington Family Medicine.
East Bay Community Action Program is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation that provides a wide array of health and human services to the residents of Rhode Island’s East Bay, including the municipalities of East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Little Compton, Tiverton, Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport, and Jamestown. For more information about the agency or to learn how you can contribute please visit


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