Kate Walsh appointed Massachusetts Health and Human Services secretary

Massachusetts Gov. Maura Haley on Wednesday appointed Kate Walsh, the current chief executive officer of the Boston Medical Center Health System, as secretary of the executive office of Health and Human Services. “Kate Walsh is the leader Massachusetts needs for this moment in health care,” Haley said. “She has a proven track record of delivering results on health equity, affordability and behavioral health while addressing social determinants of health such as food and housing insecurity. She will bring an innovative and compassionate approach to the office that will put the needs of patients and providers at the center. In his nearly 13 years as CEO of BMC Health System, Walsh has handled multiple COVID-19 surges by expanding telehealth capabilities, strengthening regional resource management, establishing a COVID Recovery Unit, and coordinating with state and local government And managed the system through recovery. “I am honored to join the Haley and Driscoll administrations as Secretary of Health and Human Services,” Walsh said. “This is an important moment for our state as we continue to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing health disparities, rising health care costs and a devastating behavioral health crisis. Together, we will work to advance racial health equity, address affordability, promote innovative solutions to our health care challenges, and ensure that people live healthy lives. Walsh also oversaw the Clinical Campus Redesign Project at BMC with the goal of reducing costs and modernizing facilities. Walsh founded BMC Health System’s Health Equity Accelerator in November of 2021 to drive change in health care and eliminate the gap in life expectancy and quality of life between different races and ethnicities. Walsh previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, chief operating officer of the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research and senior vice president of medical services, and the MGH Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. The previous Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary, Marylu Sudders, retired from office earlier this year.

Massachusetts Gov. Maura Haley on Wednesday appointed Kate Walsh, the current chief executive officer of the Boston Medical Center Health System, as secretary of the executive office of Health and Human Services.

“Kate Walsh is the leader Massachusetts needs for this moment in health care,” Haley said. “She has a proven track record of delivering results on health equity, affordability and behavioral health while addressing social determinants of health such as food and housing insecurity. She will bring an innovative and compassionate approach to the office that will put the needs of patients and providers at the center.

In his nearly 13 years as CEO of BMC Health System, Walsh has handled multiple COVID-19 surges by expanding telehealth capabilities, strengthening regional resource management, establishing a COVID Recovery Unit, and coordinating with state and local government And managed the system through recovery.

“I am honored to join the Haley and Driscoll administrations as Secretary of Health and Human Services,” Walsh said. “This is an important moment for our state as we continue to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing health disparities, rising health care costs and a devastating behavioral health crisis. Together, we will work to advance racial health equity, address affordability, promote innovative solutions to our health care challenges, and ensure that people live healthy lives.

Walsh also oversaw the Clinical Campus Redesign Project at BMC with the goal of reducing costs and modernizing facilities. Walsh founded BMC Health System’s Health Equity Accelerator in November of 2021 to drive change in health care and eliminate the gap in life expectancy and quality of life between different races and ethnicities.

Walsh previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, chief operating officer of the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, and senior vice president of medical services and the MGH Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The previous Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary, Marylu Sudders, retired from office earlier this year.

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