Lynn Nicholas, FACHE, President & Chief Executive
Lynn Nicholas, FACHE,
joined the Massachusetts Hospital Association as President and CEO in
August 2007 bringing more than 35 years of hospital and association
Before her appointment to MHA, Ms. Nicholas led the
American Diabetes Association and prior to that, she served as President
and CEO of the Louisiana Hospital Association, following her tenure as
EVP/COO of the New Jersey Hospital Association.
This built on her 20 years working in a New Jersey hospital where
she progressed from a Medical Technologist to a Senior Vice
Named by Women's Business Boston as one of the "Five
Women to Watch" in 2008; Lynn is a member of the Massachusetts Women's
Forum, a chapter of the International Women’s Forum, an
organization comprised of women leaders in Massachusetts and throughout
the world. Lynn has been appointed to several key
statewide healthcare advisory groups including the Special
Commissions on the Healthcare Payment System and Provider Price Reform,
and currently serves on the Health Policy Commission Advisory Council.
She is a sought after speaker on matters of health policy and leadership
in Massachusetts and nationally.
Due to Lynn’s steadfast
commitment to health and wellness as a leadership priority, in 2011 MHA
was awarded the Boston Business Journal's inaugural Healthiest Employer
Award for the small business category, and the association also received
the Massachusetts department of Public Health’s Make Smoking
History Award for launching a successful statewide voluntary public
health initiative to ban all tobacco products from hospital campuses.
Lynn earned her B.S. in medical technology from Tennessee
Wesleyan College and subsequently received their J. Neal Ensminger
Distinguished Alumnus Award. She earned an M.A. in health
management from Central Michigan University and is a board-certified
Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives; she served on
their national Board from 2003 to 2006 and has received both the Early
Careerist and the Senior Level Health Care Executive Regents
Award. She was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters in Health
Services from Salem State University.
Lynn resides in
Boston with her husband "Nick."
Timothy F. Gens, Executive Vice President and General
Tim Gens is
Executive Vice President and the General Counsel at the Massachusetts
Hospital Association. The point person on a number of the association's
most important and sweeping activities — from creation of
the patient safety and quality care initiative that has become PatientCareLink to positioning the
hospital community at the center of the state's historic
healthcare reform effort — he leads a team of committed
advocates, policy analysts, and lobbyists. Now in his 18th year at
MHA, he has served in several leadership positions involving public
policy and reform of the healthcare system, private and public
regulation of hospitals, and initiatives to promote improvement in
patient safety and quality care. Tim also oversees legal affairs for the
Prior to joining MHA, Tim served in or consulted to
the public sector at the federal, state, and municipal levels. He
has held senior positions responsible for policy, planning,
development, marketing, and legal counsel services. Early in his
career he served as a management and marketing strategist for a national
consulting firm and eventually formed a company which provided similar
services to public, private, and non-profit sector clients across the
Tim holds a BA from Boston College and a JD from
Boston College Law School.
Christine A. Baratta, Vice President of Marketing and
serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the
association and oversees all communications and marketing efforts
related to strategic and policy positions taken by the association.
Prior to her arrival at MHA, Christine served as Senior Vice President
of Communications and Marketing at Caritas Christi Health Care (CCHC),
now Steward Health Care, the state’s second-largest healthcare
system. Christine also worked as Director and Interim Vice President of
Public Affairs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), one of the
nation’s top hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School and
a member of Partners HealthCare. In addition, she has held positions in
both media relations and marketing at National Grid, formerly New
England Electric System, and worked as a publications specialist for the
Central Artery / Tunnel Project.
During her career, Christine has
been honored with numerous professional awards of excellence. She is a
graduate of Boston University where she earned a B.S. in Journalism. She
is also a 2010 Fellow of The Mass. Healthcare Leadership
Patricia Crowley, Vice President,
Governance and Member Relations
Patty Crowley, Vice President, Governance and Member Relations,
oversees the integration and leadership of multiple functions including
Governance, Member Relations, and Strategic Planning, in support of
advancing MHA's mission, goals and objectives.
service to MHA includes roles as Chief of Staff and member of MHA's
senior management team, where she primarily was responsible for aligning
strategic processes with tactical planning to advance MHA's mission as
well as directing MHA's Governance function. In her 20 plus years at
MHA, Patty also has held numerous posts within the Member Services and
Executive Office as well as with the Conference of Boston Teaching
Hospitals. Prior to joining MHA, Patty was employed by BayBank
Harvard Trust as a key member of their Operations Team.
interests include governance, strategic planning, mediation and
Anuj K. Goel, Vice President, Legal and Regulatory
Anuj Goel, JD, MPH,
is the vice president of legal and regulatory affairs for the
Massachusetts Hospital Association. In this role, he is responsible for
providing legal research on relevant federal, state and local laws and
regulations pertaining to the hospital industry; including issues
relating to HIPAA, Medicare, MassHealth, case management, clinical
policies, and processing of medical claims. He also develops MHA
member communications to educate hospitals on the requirements needed to
comply with regulatory and legal issues. Anuj works closely with
the MHA Government Advocacy Team to coordinate and write legislation
required by the association, as well as presenting testimony on
legislation and regulations. Additionally, he manages health
access, community benefits, and community initiative issues impacting
the hospital community.
Anuj’s extensive healthcare
background includes prior positions as a surgical assistant, a medical
assistant, and in medical billing and coding. Anuj received his
bachelor’s degree from the Miami University of Ohio; his
master’s degree in public health from Boston University; and his
juris doctorate from the Suffolk University School of
Patricia M. Noga, PhD, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, Vice President,
Pat Noga is Vice
President of Clinical Affairs for the Massachusetts Hospital
Association. She leads a variety of clinical and health system-related
programs that assist Massachusetts hospitals to continually improve
patient safety and quality of care, while keeping the patient and family
at the center of the healthcare delivery system.
Pat served since
2007 as MHA’s Senior Director of Clinical Affairs. Prior to
joining the MHA staff, she was Chief Retention Officer at Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center from 2004 to 2007, and Clinical Director of
Inpatient Services & Nursing at Tufts Medical Center from 1994-2004,
and Nurse Manager at Tufts MC from 1984 to 1994. In all of these
positions, Pat provided nursing and advisory leadership to the
hospital’s executive leaders and clinical
Pat received her Associate in Liberal Arts degree from
Elmira College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from
Skidmore College. She received her MBA from Suffolk University and
her doctoral degree in health policy from the University of
Massachusetts. She is board certified in nursing administration,
advanced, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Robin Richman, MD, FACOG, Vice President of Physician
Richman, MD, is Vice President of Physician Relations for the
Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA). The Vice President of
Physician Relations is a newly created position that will oversee
MHA’s Physician/Hospital Integration Collaborative (PHIC) and the
Physician Leadership Council (PCL), assist the association on clinical
matters, and facilitate collaboration efforts between hospitals and
physicians in the Commonwealth, particularly as part of state and
federal healthcare reform. Richman was appointed by Governor
Patrick to the Board of Registration in Medicine in 2013.
joining MHA, Richman was Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice
President of Medical Affairs for Reliant Medical Group (formally Fallon
Clinic). Before that she served as Vice President of Patient Safety and
Risk Management/ Director of Continuing Medical Education for Atrius
Health. Her previous experience includes serving as Specialty Director
of OB-GYN Services at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA), Chief
Medical Officer for Tufts Health Care Institute (THCI), and
Vice-President and Medical Director, Tufts Health Plan (THP).
She also worked in private OB-GYN practice at Newton Wellesley
Hospital and Emerson Hospital, serving as Chief of Emerson’s
OB-GYN service from 1988-1990.
Richman received her
bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College, and her M.D. from
Temple University in Philadelphia. She is American Board of Obstetrics
and Gynecology- certified. She is also a member of the Boston
Symphony Orchestra Board of Overseers.
Michael E. Sroczynski, Esq., Vice President, Government
Sroczynski, Esq, has been part of MHA’s government advocacy
team for 10 years, starting initially as manager of state government
advocacy. Prior to joining MHA, he served as legislative counsel in the
Massachusetts State Senate.
He is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law and the
Whitman School of Business at Syracuse University. He has been a member
of the Massachusetts bar since 1996. Michael is an active
member of both the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar
Association. He is a member of the MBA's Healthcare Section and the
BBA’s Healthcare and Labor Sections. He co-chairs the BBA's
Healthcare Legislation sub-committee and sits on the Healthcare Section
He is a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Health
Council, a former board member of the Massachusetts Center for
Nursing, and also serves on the board of directors of the Vision
Coalition Massachusetts. In early 2009, Governor Deval Patrick appointed
Michael to the state's Healthcare Workforce Advisory Council.
In his role at MHA, Michael is the leader of state and federal
government advocacy efforts and is an active participant in numerous
business, workforce and healthcare coalitions and
Nancy Siopes, MBA, CPCU, CIC, CRM, AAI, President, MHA Insurance Agency
(MHAIA) and Vice President, Operations at MHA
Siopes, President, MHA Insurance Agency (MHAIA) and Vice President,
Operations, oversees both the association’s insurance arm and
its operations departments, including Finance, Education, IT,
Facilities, and Human Resources. She is also responsible for oversight
of MHA’s new Conference Center. She joined MHAIA in 2010 and
assumed the new, combined role in January of 2013.
In her first
two years at the helm of MHAIA, Nancy overhauled and brought the
insurance agency to state-of-the-art capability within its
organizational structure, streamlined operations, and expanded both
coverage offerings and customer services to MHA members. Her vision and
leadership skills are now expanded to Operations and ensure that MHA
will continue to move forward successfully.
Prior to her work at
MHA, Nancy held several senior positions within the finance and
insurance industries. She is an MBA graduate of Western New England
College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from
Northeastern University, both with high honors.
Patrick Muldoon, FACHE, Chair, President, UMass Memorial Medical
presently serves as the President of University of Massachusetts
Memorial Medical Center. Prior to assuming the post at UMass, Patrick
served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthAlliance
Hospitals, Inc. and Central New England HealthAlliance, Inc.
serving the residents of North Central Massachusetts and Southern
New Hampshire. HealthAlliance Hospital is the largest
community hospital within the UMass Memorial Health
Care System. Patrick has extensive experience in various
administrative roles, including service as President and
Chief Executive Officer of South County Hospital (RI) Healthcare
System and Northern Berkshire Health System (MA). Mr. Muldoon began
his career in association management at the American Osteopathic
Hospital Association (IL) before beginning his hospital career at
Cranston General Hospital (RI).
At age 28, Patrick served in
his initial CEO position at Riverside Hospital in Michigan.
Patrick earned his undergraduate degree in Health Services
Administration from Providence College (RI) and a Master’s
Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University of
Chicago. He is currently a Fellow of the American College of
Health Care Executives.
Mr. Muldoon currently serves on the Board
of Trustees of the Massachusetts Hospital Association and recently
chaired the Special Committee on Finance. Patrick has served in
several leadership positions with the American Hospital Association and
The Joint Commission. Patrick’s opinions are sought by the
electronic and print media and he is regularly quoted in the Boston
Globe, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Worcester Business Journal and
the Sentinel & Enterprise newspapers in North Central
Massachusetts. Throughout his career, Patrick has placed a high
priority on service to the community. He is the Past Chair of the
United Way Capital Campaign and Past Chair of the North Central
Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Boards of the
Worker’s Credit Union, Spanish American Center, the Shine
Initiative of Fidelity Bank and the Regional Economic Development
Institute at Fitchburg State College. In recognition of Community
Service, Mr. Muldoon received the Multi Cultural Center’s
Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the Community Health Champion
Award from Community Health Connections in 2010.
with physicians, employees and the community, Mr. Muldoon initially led
a financial turnaround at HealthAlliance Hospital in 2005. Since
that time the team has led the hospital to rank as one of the top ten
Michael V. Sack, FACHE, Chair-Elect, President & CEO, Hallmark
Health System, Inc.
Michael V. Sack,
FACHE is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Health
System, Inc., a multi-hospital regional healthcare system providing
comprehensive services to suburbs north of Boston, Massachusetts. Mr.
Sack has extensive experience as a healthcare administrator and has
gained expertise in generating physician collaboration, identifying
operational needs, and advancing grass root connections within the
community. Mr. Sack runs a financially sound organization based upon
positive relationships between the Board of Trustees and Medical Staff,
outstanding clinical personnel, and a “Culture of
Confidence” throughout the organization.
Mr. Sack is a
current Board Member of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the
Voluntary Hospitals of America – Northeast, a member of the
American Hospital Association’s Metropolitan Governing Council,
and is President of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Council
of Community Hospitals. Mr. Sack serves as Faculty Advisor to the
Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public
Health. He is an author and presenter of various health care
topics to professional groups. Mr. Sack holds a Master of Science
in Public Health from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of
Medicine and School of Business, and a Bachelors of Arts degree from St.
Louis University. He serves professionally as a Fellow of the
American College of Healthcare Executives.
Peter J. Holden, Treasurer, President & CEO, Jordan
Peter joined Jordan Hospital in
October, 2007. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer
of Jordan Health Systems, Inc. and several of its subsidiaries. Peter
has over thirty years of experience in Hospital Administration and has a
reputation for superb leadership and a history of achieving outstanding
results in diverse healthcare organizations. His experience includes
Caritas Christi Health Care System, INC. serving as President & CEO
at Caritas Holy Family Hospital and Caritas Good Samaritan Medical
Center, Vice President, System Operations, Trihealth, INC., President
and Chief Operating Officer, Good Samaritan Hospital, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Vitalnet Group, Vice President, Management and
Planning Services, Hospital Association of New York
State Management and Planning Services INC., and Chief Executive
Officer, Clifton Fine Hospital.
While at Caritas Christi Health
Care System, Peter orchestrated a financial turnaround from a $14
million dollar annual loss and default on bonds to a $6 million dollar
annual gain in just over three years. He reversed a medical staff
exodus to build the largest active staff in hospital history through
recruitment, retention and establishment of a healthy and collaborative
culture. He also, initiated ongoing fundraising efforts and
conducted a successful capital campaign to support major expansion and
At Trihealth, INC. and Good Samaritan
Hospital, Peter consolidated the management, operations, staff and
clinical programs of three large institutions into an efficient
integrated healthcare delivery system and also created an open heart
cardiovascular program at Bethesda North Hospital. He improved
operating and clinical systems which improved hospital performance
resulting in an $80 million dollar increase in fund balances. The
hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the
nation’s “Top 100 Hospitals”.
Peter received his
Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in 1976 and a Masters in
Hospital Administration from Xavier University in 1994. Peter resides in
Duxbury with his wife Judy and their fours sons.
Charles D. Gijanto, Secretary, President, Baystate Regional Markets,
Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Baystate Mary Lane
Mr. Gijanto manages
the strategic direction of BFMC in conjunction with Baystate Health's
senior leadership. In addition, he is responsible for overseeing
BFMC's daily operations, and the medical staff development plan, while
strengthening the hospital's ties with the political and business
leadership of the Franklin County communities.
BFMC, he was Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Strategic
Business Development, and Chief Financial Officer of Champlain Valley
Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, NY. Prior to that, Mr. Gijanto
was a Vice President of Finance at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Gijanto graduated from Siena College in Loudonville, NY with a Bachelors
of Business Administration, and from the Rochester Institute of
Technology with a Masters of Science in Health Systems
Administration. He has been in Health Care Administration since
Peter L. Slavin, Immediate Past Chair, President,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Peter Slavin, MD
became the President of Massachusetts General Hospital on January 1,
2003. From 1999-2002, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, which includes
over 1,700 physicians and employs nearly 1,000 of them.
to 1999, Dr. Slavin served as President of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St.
Louis, Missouri. Before that, he did his training in Internal Medicine
at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1984 to 1987 and was Senior Vice
President and Chief Medical Officer from 1994 to 1997.
graduated from Harvard College in 1979, Harvard Medical School in 1984,
and Harvard Business School in 1990.
Dr. Slavin teaches internal
medicine and health care management at Harvard Medical School where he
is a Professor of Health Care Policy. He has also spoken widely on such
topics as quality and utilization management, the economics of teaching
hospitals, and the state of physician practices.
Normand E. Deschene, Immediate Past Chair Most Recently Retired,
President & CEO, Circle Health, Inc.
Norm Deschene serves
as president and chief executive officer of Circle Health, Inc. Mr.
Deschene is responsible for the overall vision and leadership of the
health system's management including strategic planning, community
relations, and physician relations.
Under his leadership, Circle
Health's Lowell General Hospital has garnered numerous quality,
satisfaction, and financial benchmark recognitions including the 2006
Thomson Top 100 Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leader Award; the
Volunteer Hospital Association's 2007 Leadership Award for Clinical
Excellence; 2008 Cleverley + Associates Top 100 Community Value Provider
award; the American Heart Association's 2008 "Get with the Guidelines"
Gold award honoring performance achievement for cardiac care; and a
Mr. Deschene holds a master’s degree in
Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota and a
bachelor's degree from Providence College. A fellow of the American
College of Healthcare Executives, Mr. Deschene served as a past regent
for the College for the state of Massachusetts and was named the
"Healthcare Executive of the Year" in 2006.
Mr. Deschene is an
active member of the American Hospital Association, Hospital Financial
Management Association, Healthcare Management Association of
Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Hospital Association. He serves as
secretary and a board member of the Massachusetts Hospital Association
and is the past chairman of the MHA Standing Committee on Finance. He
also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of Voluntary
Hospitals of America Northeast. Mr. Deschene was appointed by the
Governor of Massachusetts to the Goddard Council, advising upon the
development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum for
the Commonwealth, and is a member of the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient
Safety Expert Panel in Obstetrics.
Locally, he serves as the
chairman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lowell and is a board
member of the American Textile Museum, Merrimack Valley Economic
Development Council, and The Lowell Plan. He is also a past chairman of
the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce.