Colonial Cooperative Care History

The origins of Colonial Cooperative Care date back to 1978 when a group of physicians formed the New London County Foundation for Health Care.  They believed that the physicians of Eastern Connecticut must have an open dialogue to prepare for the challenge of managed health care coming to the community. 

This small group of physicians has grown to a network of 525 physicians covering all of Eastern Connecticut.  Their commitment has continued throughout the years leading to the formation of Colonial Cooperative Care in 1997.  As the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Colonial, I am pleased at the direction we have taken.  The physicians participate in identifying health care issues and in responding to them with consideration given to the local environment.  Colonial Cooperative Care is actively involved in offering services to the employers of Eastern Connecticut and in making every effort to ensure access, service and quality on behalf of our patients and communities

Board of Directors

From left to right:  Anthony Alessi, M.D., Edward Sawicki, M.D., Sanford Greenhouse, M.D.,  
Peter Gates, M.D.,  Larry Coletti, M.D., Richard Geller, M.D.   

Colonial Cooperative Care Leadership

From left to right: John Moriarty, Dr. Anthony Alessi, Steve Santello


Dr. Anthony Alessi
Dr. Alessi is the President and CEO of Colonial Cooperative Care.

John Moriarty

John began working for Colonial Cooperative Care in 1998. John is the Vice President of Operations.

Stephen Santello

Steve began working for Colonial Cooperative Care in 1997. Steve is the Director of Disability.


Staff Directory

President & CEO
Anthony G. Alessi

Vice President, Operations
John Moriarty

Director of Disability & Systems
Steve Santello

Disability Assistant
Virginia Mogan

Medical Management
Michelle McLean

Associate Medical Director
Joseph O’Keefe, MD

Member Services Rep.
Stacy Grillo


Nurse Reviewer
Tammy Browning

Nurse Reviewer
Joyce Young