May 7, 2013

Boston Medical Center President and CEO to Give 91st Commencement Address

Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC), will deliver the 2013 Commencement address at Emmanuel College's 91st Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 11th. Ms. Walsh will receive an honorary degree in recognition of her remarkable contributions to the medical profession and the difference she has made in the lives of patients, especially low-income residents of our city. The College will also award honorary degrees to Milagros Arbaje-Thomas and Michael F. Collins, MD.

Since joining BMC in 2010, Walsh has led the not-for-profit medical center through a financial turnaround, ensuring the long-range stability of vital clinical care and medical education programs. Previously, Walsh served for five years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Brigham and Women's Hospital. Under her leadership, Brigham and Women's 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. Walsh received her B.A. and a master's in public health from Yale University. In addition to being a Trustee at Emmanuel, she is a member of the Board of Visitors for Northeastern University's School of Business. 

Milagros "Milly" Arbaje-Thomas is the Deputy Director of Field Operations for Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and the Director of both ABCD Parker Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Service Center and ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center. ABCD is Boston's antipoverty agency, serving more than 85,000 low-income Greater Boston residents through its city-wide network of neighborhood-based organizations. As Director, Arbaje-Thomas helps to create communities that not only support, but also advance the lives of Boston's less fortunate, providing them with services and tools to make positive changes in their lives. She earned two degrees from Boston College: a bachelor's in psychology in 1995 and a master's in clinical social work in 1997.

Michael F. Collins, MD, is a nationally respected leader in academic medicine and not-for-profit health care. He has served, since 2007, as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts and, since 2008, as Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is also a tenured Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences and Medicine. In these roles, he oversees the UMass system's health and life sciences portfolio and leads UMass Medical, which enrolls more than 1,100 students in three schools. As Chancellor, he has provided strong strategic direction to the Commonwealth's public medical school, resulting in the transformation of the campus's infrastructure and the design of an innovative curriculum. Previously he served as Chancellor of UMass Boston, as Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Christi Health Care System, and as president of St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton. Dr. Collins is a 1977 cum laude graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and a 1981 graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine.

We look forward to welcoming our distinguished guests to campus as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Emmanuel College Class of 2013. For more information on Commencement, click here.