LEADERSHIP MILESTONE: From left, Lawrence, Minehan and Slavin
The Sept. 19 MGH Board of Trustees meeting marked a milestone in the hospital's history, as Edward P. Lawrence, Esq., (left) presided over his final meeting as chairman of the 15-member governing board. At the end of the meeting Cathy E. Minehan (center) was elected to succeed him as chair, the first woman to lead the MGH board in the hospital's nearly 200-year history.
Lawrence, who this summer announced his decision to step down as chairman, received several standing ovations, as his fellow trustees and MGH officials offered their deepest respect, gratitude and admiration for the extraordinary dedication and leadership he has provided the board since 1999.
"We have been fortunate indeed to have such outstanding leadership of our board," says MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD (right). "Ed has been active, engaged and truly committed to advancing the MGH as a health care resource locally, nationally and globally. This hospital is a stronger and better place because of Ed's imprint. We are profoundly grateful for his guidance and service, and I look forward to his continued involvement in the future of this hospital."
After saluting and recognizing Lawrence, board members officially welcomed Minehan to her new position at the head of the table. The managing director of Arlington Advisory Partners, Minehan is the former president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She has served as a member of the MGH Board of Trustees since 2002.
"Cathy has been an invaluable member of our board for the past six years, willingly sharing her wisdom, perspectives and ideas," Slavin says. "The MGH clearly has benefited from Cathy's breadth of experience, enthusiasm and steadfast commitment to advancing the hospital's mission for our patients and their families, staff and friends. And with her expanded role on the board, I know that the governance of this hospital will continue to be in great hands in the years ahead."
As chair of the MGH Finance Committee, Minehan has brought extensive business insight and strategic guidance to the hospital's financial operations. She has worked to foster the integration of business, hospital operations and strategic growth, helping lead the Finance Committee through significant capital decisions, including the approval for the Building for the Third Century and the purchase of Charles River Plaza office space. In addition to her role as an MGH trustee, she has served as a member of the boards of Partners HealthCare and the MGH Institute of Health Professions.
She and her husband, E. Gerald Corrigan, are longtime champions of the MGH, providing significant support for the capital needs of the hospital and the care of women's cardiac health. In recognition of that support, the hospital established the Linda Anne Barlow Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at the MGH.
"MGH is an incredible and, in many ways unique, asset to health care here in Boston and the world more broadly," Minehan says. "I am continually awed by the work that is done there, and I look forward to contributing to that work even more directly as chair of the MGH board."