Ed Quinlan, longtime executive director of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island and a public relations executive with a long resume in medical, political and sports public relations, is retiring from his job at HARI early next year.
Quinlan, soon to be 64, says he will be leaving HARI, which is a trade association for Rhode Island’s hospitals, but that he doesn’t intend to retire in the traditional sense. ``I am looking to so something that takes a little less of me and allows more time for my wife in my life,’’ said Quinlan.
He is married to Lisa Pelosi, who is also in public affairs. She was press secretary for former Gov. Lincoln Almond and is currently director of communications and media relations at Johnson & Wales University.
Quinlan was a familiar figure at the State House as the main lobbyist for the hospital industry. He was always knowledgeable about the thicket of federal and state regulatory regimes the industry faces. And he was well acquainted with the General Assembly members, rules and leadership.
Quinlan was with HARI for 18 years. He said he informed the HARI board of his decision to retire long before the Lifespan hospital chain decided to pull out of the trade association.
Quinlan was best known during his career as an advocate for hospitals; he worked for Kent County Hospital and for a hospital system in Florida. But he also served as press secretary for the late U.S. Sen. John H. Chafee for five years and worked for Gilbane Building Company. A devoted hockey fan, Quinlan was head of media relations for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League for three years.
A insightful observer of the local and national political landscape, Quinlan’s good nature and knowledge will be missed by the State House press corps.