Joseph A. White to Chair MHA’s Board of Trustees
Joseph A. “Jody” White, the president & CEO of Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health, is the 79th Chair of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association Board of Trustees. He succeeds Mark A. Keroack, M.D., president & CEO, Baystate Health. The transfer of the one-year term occurred last week at MHA’s 83rd Annual Meeting.
In his inaugural address last Thursday, White urged attendees to think beyond the walls of their own facilities to connect all the components of the commonwealth’s health system, and to work collaboratively to advance and improve health for everyone in the commonwealth.
“As the healthcare sector continues the march toward value and reducing the total cost of care, it will drive us to a better understanding of the complete care continuum, to new expanded partnerships that improve access and efficiency,” White said. “We will be asked to think differently about not only the total cost of high-quality care but also about finding new ways to fund investments that prevent illness in the first place. Several of our members are well along in this journey and it is my hope we can all learn and engage.”
Both White and MHA President & CEO Steve Walsh, in his address to the annual gathering, noted a variety of hospital-led efforts throughout the commonwealth to improve the delivery of care. Walsh cited MHA’s “Caring for the Caregiver” initiative to identify and promote ways that Massachusetts hospitals and health systems can best support their frontline caregivers.
“We all know that the most important component of healthcare is people,” said Walsh. “Hospitals will redouble their efforts in the coming year to ensure the healthcare workforce has the resiliency and resources to improve care to patients, families and communities.”
At Thursday’s annual meeting, MHA's board leadership team was announced for 2019-2020:
Chair: Joseph A. White, president & CEO, Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health.
Chair-elect: Eric W. Dickson, M.D., president & CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care
Treasurer: Kevin B. Churchwell, M.D.; president & COO, Boston Children’s Hospital
Secretary: Christine C. Schuster, R.N., president & CEO, Emerson Hospital
Immediate Past Chair: Mark A. Keroack, M.D., president & CEO, Baystate Health.
Past Chair Most Recently Retired: Kate E. Walsh, president & CEO, Boston Medical Center
President (ex officio): Steve Walsh, president & CEO, MHA
They join these MHA Board of Trustee members:
Maureen Banks, R.N., COO, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and president, Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care Cambridge & Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod; Winfield S. Brown, president & CEO, Heywood Healthcare; Philip M. Cormier; CEO, Beverly Hospital, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health; Ruth Ellen Fitch, Esq., Trustee, Boston Medical Center; Andrew S. Freed; trustee, MelroseWakefield Healthcare and CEO, Virtual, Inc.; Gene E. Green, M.D., president & CEO, South Shore Health System; Spiros Hatiras, president & CEO, Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems; Peter J. Healy, president, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health; Kim Hollon, president & CEO, Signature Healthcare and Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital; Therese M. Hudson-Jinks, R.N., president, Organization of Nurse Leaders and chief nursing officer and SVP, patient care services, Tufts Medical Center; Michael R. Jaff, D.O., president, Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Thea L. James, M.D., VP, mission and associate CMO, Boston Medical Center; Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center; Michael K. Lauf, president & CEO, Cape Cod Healthcare and Cape Cod Hospital; Joanne Marqusee, president & CEO, Cooley Dickinson Health; Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., president, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham Health; Anne Roper, CEO, Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, An Affiliate of Encompass Health; Michael J. Sheehy, M.D., chief of population health & analytics, Reliant Medical Group; Nancy L. Shendell-Falik, R.N., president, Baystate Medical Center & SVP, hospital operations, Baystate Health; Kevin Tabb, M.D.; president & CEO, Beth Israel Lahey Health; Deborah K. Weymouth, president & CEO, UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital; Michael J. Widmer, PhD, past president, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation; Louis J. Woolf, president & CEO, Hebrew SeniorLife.