Murphy accepts top leadership role at Commonwealth Medicine

November 29, 2011

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Joyce A. Murphy, MPA

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, will succeed Deputy Chancellor Tom Manning and assume the senior-most executive role at Commonwealth Medicine effective Thursday, Dec. 1, Chancellor Michael F. Collins has announced.

“I am pleased that Joyce has accepted these new responsibilities in a position that requires equal parts strategy, vision, operational skill and commitment to public service. Joyce has all of these qualities and more,” said Chancellor Collins. 

Collins praised Murphy, who joined UMMS in January 2006, for the growth of the CWM enterprise within the commonwealth and across the nation, diversification of the funding base, infrastructure development and strategic business planning.

“For the past six years, Joyce has played a pivotal role in moving CWM to the next level of sophistication. A consistent theme in her extraordinary career has been increasing access for underserved and high-risk populations; this continues at CWM today,” said Collins. “Joyce has brought her exceptional talents to bear on the operations of CWM, resulting in year-over-year revenue gains that position us well for the future.”

Manning announced recently that he will retire in June 2012, after a long and distinguished career as a key leader of CWM.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Medicine, Murphy served as president of Carney Hospital, a community teaching hospital, for nine years. She also served as senior vice president of government relations for the Caritas Christi Health Care System. As a result of her work at Caritas, she received the Massachusetts Hospital Association's William L. Lane Hospital Advocate Award for her advocacy on behalf of the hospital, her commitment to the institution's mission, and the impact of her work on the health care community. Prior to the Carney presidency, Murphy redeveloped the former St. Margaret’s Hospital for Women and became the founding president of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, a multi-faceted health and human service center for high-risk women and children.

Murphy began her career in the Massachusetts Department of Correction. In six years she rose from an entry-level position to superintendent of the state’s sole prison for women, where she remained for five years. She then became the first deputy commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, where she oversaw the transition of child support enforcement from the Department of Transitional Assistance to DOR. She also spearheaded a revenue initiative program whereby a $15 million investment by the commonwealth netted a $215 million return.

In addition to a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School, where she was honored with the Bradford Fellowship for outstanding contributions to public service, Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from the UMass Boston, which honored her last year with its Education for Service award. She is also the recipient of an honorary degree from Curry College.

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