Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast Medical Director Dr. Robert Insoft Tapped as Chief Operating Officer at Franciscan Children’s Hospital 

Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast medical director Dr. Rob Insoft

At Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, we are well versed in the exceptional abilities of Dr. Robert Insoft. Rob (a sign of how humble he is, he always insists we call him Rob) has been our medical director for a decade. During that time he has worked diligently to ensure that every drop of milk that goes to a fragile baby is safe. The medical director role is a complex one, ensuring that our milk bank adheres to all the safety standards put forth by our accrediting body, Human Milk Banking of North America, and using clinical judgment to develop and guide our policies, protocols and answer questions. He does all this on top of his day job.   

Thus, it was not a surprise that a hospital looking to add some exceptional talent would knock on Dr. Insoft’s door. When asked about taking on this new challenge, Dr. Insoft answered, “My entire career has been dedicated to bedside, academic or administrative leadership in the care of infants and children. This new exciting position allows me to lead an outstanding institution for neonatal/ pediatric post-acute care and behavioral health. What an exciting time for Franciscan Children`s Hospital as it moves toward full integration with Boston Children’s Hospital.” 

Here is what Franciscan Children’s Hospital President and CEO Joseph Mitchell said in his announcement:  

One of my top priorities is strengthening our executive team to better execute our mission and grow our services. After a national search, I am happy to announce we have hired Dr. Robert Insoft as our Chief Operating Officer.  

Robert has more than twenty years of experience leading academic medical centers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He is a pediatrician and neonatologist currently serving as the Chief Medical Officer and Senior VP of Quality and Medical Affairs at Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode Island. He is also a Professor of Pediatrics at Brown University Alpert Medical School. Prior to this, Robert served as Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Robert’s background and expertise will be critical as we grow our mission and execute the proposed affiliation with Boston Children’s Hospital. 

Robert first learned of Franciscan Children’s while working in the NICU and began referring patients to our rehabilitation program. After witnessing the impact of Franciscan firsthand through his patients, his admiration for our organization and mission grew. 

“My passion has always been to be part of a leadership team that is committed to the highest quality, safest and most cost-effective patient care,” said Robert. “I look forward to helping Franciscan Children’s build upon its mission so that every child and family can receive the best care and support possible.” 

Robert’s deep experience in hospital operations, clinical care, and quality and safety make him an ideal addition to our executive team.   

Here at the Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, we rest easier knowing that someone with as much expertise, experience, and compassion as Dr. Insoft is on our team. I have no doubt that the entire staff at Franciscan Children’s Hospital will soon be feeling the same way. 

Congratulations Rob!