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John Fernandez


Massachusetts Eye and Ear

As President of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, John Fernandez leads one of the nation’s largest independent specialty hospitals exclusively dedicated to academic research, training and treatment for conditions that impair vision, hearing and other disorders of the eyes, ears, nose, throat, head and neck.

Under Fernandez’s leadership since 2007, Mass. Eye and Ear has grown significantly from four to 18 patient care sites throughout Greater Boston and Providence, through a strategy developed to bring the hospital’s world-class care to patients throughout the region. Fernandez has also formed new clinical alliances for Mass. Eye and Ear with its neighbors, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Braintree Rehab, Joslin Diabetes Center and Atrius Health.

In 2011, Mass. Eye and Ear merged with Schepens Eye Research Institute to create the largest vision and hearing research center anywhere in the world.

Fernandez has taken measures to reinvigorate Mass. Eye and Ear by increasing surgical volume by 40 percent, revenue research from $18.3M to $48.4M and patient care service revenue by $131M (100.8 percent or 9.1 percent per year) from 2007 to 2015.  Total revenues have increased from $182M to $399.6M from 2007 to 2015 and total margins show significant improvement with an average margin of $9.1M per year.

A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Mass. Eye and Ear trains, recruits and retains the best and brightest minds in ophthalmology and otolaryngology. In recognition of its strong commitment to outstanding clinical care, Mass. Eye and Ear has consistently ranked in the top 10 “Best Hospitals” nationwide by U.S. News and World Report, achieving #1 in the nation for otolaryngology and #1 in the northeast for ophthalmology in the 2015 survey.

Between 1992 and 2006 John held a number of increasingly senior positions at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, culminating in the role of Vice President of Surgical, Imaging, Cancer and Pathology/Lab Services and Network Development in 2006. In this position he served as an active member of the parent company’s (BWF) leadership team focused on driving the organization to meet its corporate vision while achieving operating margin targets. John oversaw a total of 15 Directors responsible for more than 2,100 full-time employees and budgets with a combined total of over $300M. John led Network Development for BWF, working closely with the CMO of the BWPO, Department Chairs and Administrative Directors and other clinical Vice Presidents on numerous planning and growth initiatives, including the South Shore Hospital Affiliation Agreement, a cancer center with Dana Farber, South Shore Hospital, Harbor Medical Associates and the BWH, Foxboro/Patriots Place Multispecialty Ambulatory Care Centers and other physician practice development functions.

He is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and he holds a Master’s degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. A dedicated member of the Boston health care and business executive community, Fernandez serves as Chairman of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals and as a member of Healthcare Roundtable, the American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence and the Suffolk University Board of Trustees.

Fernandez has shared his insight and expertise through invited lectures at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business, Harvard Medical School, the Simmons College School of Management and Suffolk University.


Rebecca Gutman

Vice President, Homecare

11999SEIU United Healthcare Workers East


Rebecca Gutman has worked in the labor movement for close to 20 years, organizing and representing low-income healthcare and human service workers. She has always worked at the intersection of movements, combining economic justice with disability rights work, as well as other justice movements. Prior to working in the labor movement, Ms. Gutman worked both in the disability community and in the public health field organizing in rural Appalachia around the importance of early detection of breast cancer.


Phillomin Laptiste

Executive Director

Bowdoin Street Health Center

Born and raised on Bowdoin Street, Laptiste served as manager of community health, operations manager and associate director at Bowdoin Street Health Center (BSHC) prior to being appointed to executive director. In her current role, she oversees health center operations and develops, implements, and evaluates health center programs in response to changing community and patient needs. She supervises BSHC's administrative staff, medical staff, and nursing management, and manages all external relationships and marketing efforts.

Laptiste graduated from Boston Latin School, holds a bachelor's degree in Management and Organizational Communications from Emerson College and master's degree in Health Care Administration from Suffolk University. In 2015, she graduated with a certificate from the Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership, one of only 19 professionals in the state to participate in this program.

Lapiste was first appointed by Mayor Walsh to the Board of Health in February 2019.


Guale Valdez

President and CEO

Mattapan Community Health Center 

 Mr. Guale Valdez joined Mattapan Community Health Center (MCHC) in March 2010 and worked as Chief Financial Officer. He was promoted to President and CEO as of December 2017.  He is responsible for managing and guiding all aspects of the health center and is accountable to a Board of Directors.  The vision for the organization is to provide the best care possible through a team of highly motivated staff and through innovation.  He is a member of several Boards which represent health care, community involvement and workforce development.  Those Boards include the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Boston Accountable Care Organization, Boston HealthNet Community Health Centers, Operation ABLE and the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service.

Mr. Valdez has a diverse background in accounting and finance.  He has both private and public accounting experience as well as experience in various types of health care environments.  Those organizations include a medical academic institution, private surgical practice, Harvard affiliated urban hospital, and two Boston-based community health care organizations.  



Kate Walsh

President and Chief Executive Officer

Boston Medical Center

Kate Walsh became the president and CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC) on March 1, 2010.

BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 639-licensed bed, academic medical center with a community-based focus. The primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center has approximately 5,000 employees, 1,300 physicians and an annual operating budget of roughly $1.5 billion. BMC is a founder of Boston HealthNet, a network affiliation of the Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine and 15 community health centers. Boston HealthNet, is an integrated health care delivery system whose partners provide outreach, prevention, primary care, specialty care and dental services at sites located throughout Boston's neighborhoods and Quincy. 

In addition to the Medical Center and its affiliated health community health centers, BMC owns and operates the BMC HealthNet Plan, a statewide Medicaid Managed Care Organization with more than 240,000 members across the Commonwealth. 

Prior to her appointment at Boston Medical Center, Ms. Walsh served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital for five years. During her tenure, Brigham and Women’s Hospital 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.

She served previously as the chief operating officer for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.

Ms. 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, she worked as a shift supervisor in the emergency department at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx. From there Ms. Walsh moved to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Saint Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She relocated to Boston and joined Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as an assistant general director in medical services and was promoted to vice president of medical services and primary care and then to senior vice president of medical services and the MGH Cancer Center. 

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

Ms. Walsh, a native of Brookline, is married and has two children.     

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