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Holyoke Medical Center Joins Massachusetts Council Of Community Hospitals In Welcoming New Executive Director

The Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals (MCCH) recently announced Steven Walsh as its new executive director. Walsh currently serves as State Representative for the 11th Essex District and is Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. He will begin his new role at MCCH on March 1.

"I am honored to have been selected by the board to lead such an outstanding organization," said Walsh. "Community hospitals are the backbone of our local health care system, providing high quality and easily-accessible care. A strong community hospital system means a healthier Commonwealth, not only for our patients but for our state and local economy. I look forward to working with our member hospitals on new and exciting possibilities."

Formed in 1991, MCCH is a non-profit corporation that advocates for the Commonwealth's community hospitals, which play a vital role in providing convenient, high-quality health care at a reasonable cost. Massachusetts community hospitals care for 50% of acute care patients in the Commonwealth. Holyoke Medical Center is one of 17 community hospitals from across the state that are part of MCCH.

"Holyoke Medical Center is proud to be a member of the MCCH and its role in advocating for Massachusetts community hospitals," said Spiros Hatiras, President and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center. "We welcome Steve as the new executive director and know his legislative and health care experience will be an asset to the organization."

Walsh was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November of 2002. In 2011, he was elected as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. Named by the Boston Globe in 2012 as a Bostonian of the Year for his work on the drafting and passage of the Commonwealth's healthcare payment reform legislation, the Globe described Walsh as "the people's legislator". Prior to his public service, Walsh led a local non-profit organization and ran a successful law practice. The Lynn native graduated from Wesleyan University before earning his law degree at the New England School of Law and his Master's in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

"Chairman Walsh has been a tireless advocate for the people of the eleventh Essex District," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "I appreciate the contributions he made to the House of Representatives, particularly as a national leader on the issue of health care cost containment. I wish him all the best in his new role at the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals."

For more information about the Massachusetts Council of Community hospitals, please call (781) 356-5653.