BMC CEO, President Kate Walsh Named Hero in Health Care by Visiting Nurse Association of Boston

Kate Walsh

Brookline native Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center has been named a 2013 Hero in Home Health Care by the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston (VNAB). Walsh is among three leaders in the community who will be honored at the VNAB’s eighth annual Gala on Friday, Oct.25, at the Mandarin Oriental.

Walsh is joined as a Hero by Joshua Boger, PhD, Executive Chairman at Alkeus Pharmaceuticals, Founder, and Former-CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals; and Sonia L. Alleyne, MPA, Community Award, Vice President, Community Reinvestment Division Manager, NE, Sovereign/Santander.

“The VNA of Boston and Boston Medical Center share a common and extremely vital mission – providing exceptional care to all who need us, especially the most vulnerable in our community,” Reynold G. Spadoni, President and CEO of the VNA of Boston said in a press release. “Kate Walsh has been a tremendous partner for us and her passion and dedication are an inspiration.”

“Every day at Boston Medical Center we work hard to deliver exceptional care, without exception,” said BMC President and CEO Kate Walsh. “It is an honor and privilege to receive this award from the VNAB, an organization that shares a similar mission.”  

Walsh became the president and CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC) in March 2010. BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 496-bed academic medical center with a community-based focus. Prior to her appointment at BMC, Walsh served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She served previously as the chief operating officer for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.

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, Walsh worked in a number of New York City hospitals before returning to the Boston area and joining Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she advanced to senior vice president of medical services and the MGH Cancer Center.

She received her bachelor’s of arts degree and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University. Walsh 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.

The Heroes in Health Care Gala proceeds support the VNAB’s Maternal Child Health and Free Care Programs. Last year, the VNA of Boston provided $1.1 million in free and subsidized care to the most needy and vulnerable in our community. Your support will allow us to continue to provide over 6,000 home health care visits to at-risk infants and mothers through our Maternal Child Health Program and serve as a safety net provider through our Free Care Fund.

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