Leadership

Chair: Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP
President & CEO, UMass Memorial Health

Dr. Dickson is President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in central Massachusetts with $2.6 billion in annual revenue, 1,700 physicians and more than 14,000 employees. The system includes three owned hospitals on eight campuses with more than 1,000 licensed beds; four affiliated hospitals; 70 office-based community practices; a behavioral health services agency and hospital; six urgent care centers; and an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). UMass Memorial trains 550 residents and fellows annually and performs world-class research in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Dickson also serves as a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

Prior to being named President and CEO of the health care system, Dr. Dickson served as President of the UMass Memorial Medical Group and senior associate dean at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The UMass Memorial Medical Group is a subsidiary of UMass Memorial Health Care and is a 1,100-physician, 1,100-employee multidisciplinary medical group with revenues of over $535 million. He served as the head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and interim chief operating officer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  

Dr. Dickson completed his medical degree and residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has a master’s degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University.  Dr. Dickson has served as a member of the Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners, lectures nationally on the use of the Toyota Production System in health care and is an active faculty member for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, where he works with health systems around the world to reduce health care costs while improving quality.  Dr. Dickson is the incoming Board Treasurer for America’s Essential Hospitals, which is the national association for safety net hospitals.
 

Chair-Elect: Kevin B. Churchwell, MD 
President & CEO, Boston Children's Hospital

Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. He provides leadership, direction, integration and oversight for the medical delivery system, while partnering with the Chief Executive Officer on a full range of research, clinical, academic, operational and strategic issues. 

Prior to joining Boston Children’s Dr. Churchwell was Chief Executive Officer for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Churchwell also served as the CEO and Executive Director for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. 

A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, Dr. Churchwell completed his pediatric residency and a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Boston Children's Hospital. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatric Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Dr. Churchwell is the Robert and Dana Smith Associate Professor of Anesthesia at the Harvard Medical School.


 

Treasurer: Christine C. Schuster, RN, MBA
President & CEO, Emerson Hospital

ImageMs. Schuster has over 25 years of health care experience. Prior to joining Emerson Hospital as President & CEO in 2005, she served as President and CEO of Quincy Medical Center and previously Athol Memorial Hospital. She also served as COO of the Tenet Saint Vincent Healthcare System, Extended Care Division, and Critical Care Director at New England Deaconess Hospital. She also worked as a healthcare consultant with Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. Schuster received her MBA, with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth Business School and a BS in Nursing from Boston University. 

She currently serves as Chairman of the MA Value Alliance, a leading supply purchasing consortium, Chairman of the MA Council of Community Hospitals, and a Board member of the MA Chapter of the ACHE and the MHA. Ms. Schuster serves on the Advisory Council of the Health Policy Commission and the Advisory Board of the Suffolk University MHA Program. She is also a Corporator for Middlesex Bank. She currently serves on the MHA Executive Committee and the Finance and Political Action Committees. 

Ms. Schuster received the 2008 Maynard Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award and the 2011 Concord Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year Award. She received the Prescription for Excellence Award from the Mass Medical Health Law Report. She is a four-time recipient of the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award. Ms. Schuster was named to the Commonwealth Institute’s 2017-2020 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in MA List. Early in her career she was recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine and Witt Kieffer Associates as one of their Up and Comer Award recipients.

Secretary: Kevin Tabb, MD
President & CEO, Beth Israel Lahey Health

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Kevin Tabb, M.D., is president and chief executive officer of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a pioneering integrated health care system offering a full continuum of health care services ranging from hospital to ambulatory to urgent to behavioral health care.Before coming to BIDMC, Dr. Tabb was chief medical officer, chief quality officer and medical information officer at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

Prior to joining Stanford, Dr. Tabb led the Clinical Data Services Division of GE Healthcare IT. Dr. Tabb immigrated to Israel at the age of 18 and served in the country’s military service. 

He received his undergraduate degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his MD from The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School.  

Immediate Past Chair: Joseph A. White, MBA, FACHE
President & CEO, Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital   |   Executive Vice President, Wellforce

Joseph White serves as President and CEO of Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital. As CEO, White leads the effort to fully realize Circle Health’s vision to be one of the best integrated healthcare systems in America. Born of collaboration among community physicians, Lowell General Hospital, Lowell Community Health Center and Circle Home, Circle Health represents a unique community-based approach to care and a force for positive change in how individuals, families and communities experience and improve their health. The collaboration supports ongoing investment in new technologies, advanced clinical expertise, the most innovative treatment approaches and medical best practices, individual and community health management, augmented by partnerships with leading academic medical centers.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, White served as President of Lowell General Hospital since 2013. He had previously served for 10 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the hospital.  Since White joined the leadership team, Lowell General Hospital has earned both regional and national recognition for its quality of care and work environment. He played a strategic leadership role in Lowell General Hospital’s merger with Saints Medical Center in 2012, as well as the hospital’s Legacy Project, a major expansion of its main campus to construct the six-story Dahod Building in 2012.

White came to Lowell General from Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT where he most recently served as Vice President of Administration and was responsible for outpatient services, ambulatory care, and diagnostic services. White previously served as Director of The Emergency Medical Services Institute of Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT. 

White holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from the University of Bridgeport. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Active in several healthcare industry organizations, White currently serves as a board member of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals. He also serves on Attorney General Maura Healey’s advisory task force on hospital and HMO community benefit guidelines. Locally, White is a former board chairman of the Greater Lowell YMCA and serves on the boards of UTEC, and Home Health Foundation in Lowell.

Past Chair Most Recently Retired: Mark A. Keroack, MD, MPH
President & CEO, Baystate Health   |   Chair, Board of Directors, Health New England

ImageMark A. Keroack provides strategic, financial, and operational oversight for all services at Baystate Health and its subsidiary health plan, Health New England. The clinical delivery system includes Baystate Medical Center, the tertiary care academic medical center for Western Massachusetts; three community hospitals in Greenfield, Palmer, and Ware; Baystate Medical Practices, with its 600 providers in 75 practices across the region; Baystate’s research and educational programs; the Baystate VNA and Hospice; and several other subsidiaries and joint ventures. Prior to his current role, Dr. Keroack served as system chief operating officer from April 2013 through June 2014 and as chief physician executive and president, Baystate Medical practices from June 2011 through April 2013. 

He came to Baystate Health from University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) in Oak Brook, Illinois where he served as senior vice president and chief medical officer. Prior to his national work, Dr. Keroack served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts for 12 years. During that time, he focused on HIV and AIDS care and won five annual teaching awards. Beginning in 1995, Dr. Keroack took on a more administrative role, serving as the first president of the 700-physician UMass Memorial Medical Group and the vice president of Medical Management for UMass Memorial Health Care. He has authored over 50 publications. 

Dr. Keroack is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Medical School and received his MPH from Boston University. He trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.