A Conversation with Kate Walsh: President and CEO, Boston Medical Center
Please join your colleagues and friends for this unique Forum led by Nancy O’Hare, WHCM Board member and Health Care Strategist for Winchester Hospital. She will interview using a fireside chat style to encourage a relaxed, informal, interactive discussion with Kate Walsh. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear about Kate’s career path, environmental influences that supported her decisions, and how she manages the challenges of the changing health care arena. Her extensive background prior to her current position at BMC includes serving as Executive VP and COO at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and COO for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.
About Kate Walsh:
Kate Walsh became the president and CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC) on March 1, 2010.
BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 508-bed, academic medical center with a community-based focus. The primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center has approximately 5,000 employees, 1,300 physicians and an annual operating budget of roughly $1 billion. BMC is a founder of Boston HealthNet, a network affiliation of the Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine and 15 community health centers. Boston HealthNet, is an integrated health care delivery system whose partners provide outreach, prevention, primary care, specialty care and dental services at sites located throughout Boston’s neighborhoods and Quincy.
In addition to the Medical Center and its affiliated health community health centers, BMC owns and operates the BMC HealthNet Plan, a statewide Medicaid Managed Care Organization with more than 250,000 members across the Commonwealth.
Prior to her appointment at Boston Medical Center, Ms. Walsh served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital for five years. During her tenure, Brigham and Women’s Hospital moved its patient satisfaction scores to the 95th percentile of benchmark institutions nationally, produced strong operating results based on consistent ambulatory and inpatient growth and set a new standard in patient-focused multidisciplinary care with the opening of the Carl J and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center.
She served previously as the chief operating officer for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.
Ms. Walsh began her career in health care as a summer intern at Brookside Health Center in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Upon finishing graduate school, she worked as a shift supervisor in the emergency department at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx. From there Ms. Walsh moved to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Saint Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She relocated to Boston and joined Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as an assistant general director in medical services and was promoted to vice president of medical services and primary care and then to senior vice president of medical services and the MGH Cancer Center.
Ms. Walsh received her bachelor’s of arts degree and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University. She also is a member of the Board of Visitors for Northeastern University’s School of Business and is on the Board of Trustees at Emmanuel College.
Ms. Walsh, a native of Brookline, is married and has two children.
Please join your friends and colleagues of WHCM for our Fall Networking Event. Appetizers are included with a cash bar available. We look forward to seeing you there!
Welcome Summer Networking Event
Please join your friends and colleagues of WHCM for our Welcome Summer Networking Event. Be part of this exciting “WHCM Women Connect” event by joining old friends and new at Joe’s Bar & Grill in Dedham. Appetizers are included with a cash bar available. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please join us for the Women in Health Care Management Spring Leadership Forum to hear four distinguished leaders in health care share their strategies and professional experience as they navigated their career paths through challenging times. As they share their “stories”, you will not only hear about how they advanced their careers, but also the techniques they used to manage the stress of change and how they created their individual brand.
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Wendy Weitzner, Chair of WHCM Nominating Committee is VP with Innova Group in Boston, a healthcare planning consultancy.
Amy McNulty, President if MacNulty Consulting, L.L.C., a healthcare consulting firm that provides strategy and planning services to healthcare organizations. She is currently Project Director for Community Links.
Linda Battaglini, Healthcare Strategist working with Emerson Hospital and other organizations to develop the structures and policies to enhance Professional Board leadership.
Afsana Akhter, Chair of WHCM Technology Committee, is the Vice President of Business Development at Medullan,Inc, a rapid-growth technology services firm for the Healthcare Industry.
Jennifer Groves,WHCM Board Member, is the Process Improvement Specialist with Umass Memorial Healthcare in their Center for Innovation and Transformational Change
Dinner and Networking will begin at 5:30pm.
Please join your friends and colleagues of WHCM for our Welcome Spring
Networking Event. Be part of the exciting “WHCM Women Connect” and hear
about upcoming events on Networking as well as the Spring Forum
scheduled for May 5th. Appetizers are included with a cash bar
available. We look forward to seeing you there! Click here
to register online and reserve your seat.
Start off your fall with a fun WHCM networking event! Re-acquaint with old friends and make new ones. Appetizers and cash bar. If you join WHCM or renew your membership that evening, there is no charge for the event.
New Rules, New Opportunities: How Health Care Reform will Change the Professional Landscape
WHCM presents five dynamic health care leaders leading a panel discussion on how health care reform is bringing new opportunities to the health care profession.
Moderators Emily Brower, Senior Director for Harvard Vanguard and Amy MacNulty of MacNulty Consulting will lead this powerful, thought provoking discussion on how different health care organizations are embracing the changes brought in by health care reform.
Cara Babachicos; VP/CIO, Partners Continuing Care, Partners Healthcare
Margaret (Marge) Houy, JD, MBA; Senior Consultant, Bailit Health Purchasing, LLC
Ann Marie O’Connell; VP of Human Resources, Visiting Nurse Association of Boston
A light networking dinner will be available beginning at 5:30 PM
Networking 5:30PM – 6:PM
Business Meeting 6:00PM – 6:30PM
Panel Discussion 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Join us for appetizers, drinks, and networking on Monday, July 12.
Socialize, eat great appetizers, grab a cocktail, and participate in our “speed networking” event. Come prepared with a problem you need solved, and get advice from 7 women in 10 minutes! Trouble with an employee? Looking for a special consultant? Trying to ask for a raise? Co-worker driving you crazy? Get new ideas quickly from your fellow women in healthcare management.
$10 fee for members ($20 for non members) covers cost of appetizers. A cash bar is also available. We look forward to seeing you!
Over 80 women attended and learned how three successful Health Care Executives made major career transitions. The event brought together Valerie Donnelly, President/CEO at Donnelly Associates, Christine Shuster, President and CEO, Emerson Hospital and Lynn Malloy Stofer, Senior VP/CEO Medical Center Operations at Lahey Clinic to share their career paths, their career expertise and their passion for their work.
Valerie spoke about what one must know in order to make a successful career leap. First, know thyself. Valerie stressed the importance of knowing one’s goals, understanding one’s strengths and weaknesses and remaining true to one’s values and vision. Second, successful “leapers” are willing to grow by constantly challenging their limits of knowledge and experiences. And third, successful people are willing to take the time to reflect and learn from their experiences. These are the keys she used to leap and start her own consulting business
Lynn spoke about how leaping should not be a solitary activity. She successfully changed career paths with help and support from someone in her existing WHCM network. Seeking advice from people knowledgeable about your field of interest helps to identify the best possible and interesting opportunities that you may not have initially considered.
Christine described how her career leaps were the result of always being open to new possibilities. She built her skills and interests in each position she held but also had the insight to explore promising new options as they presented themselves. She also spoke of the importance of seeking out and connecting with others who can offer advice, insight and support as well as finding ways to contribute to the success of others. Christine acknowledges that her success would not have been achieved without the support of her WCHM peers
The advice from these talented women can guide each of us as we step closer to our future career leap.
Please join us for this exciting opportunity to Network with colleagues and friends. Appetizers will be provided and a cash bar is available. WHCM Board members will also be there to give updates and answer questions about WHCM’s professional activities and programs.
Because there is a limited capacity for this event, we recommend advanced registration. Past events have been well-attended and give members a valuable opportunity to meet and interact with each other.