Our doctors practice world-class medicine. Our nurses deliver compassionate care. Our technicians and staff provide invaluable support. Our board members provide guidance and oversight to ensure that we are fulfilling our mission to the community. Learn all about them below
Joseph M. Bergen, DO
Joseph M. Bergen, DO, is chairman of Emergency Services at Emerson and president of Emerson Emergency Physicians, L.L.C. Dr. Bergen is active in organized medicine on the local, state and national levels. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, has served as a councilor to their House of Delegates and is a past President of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians. He has also served on multiple state committees. At Emerson, he is president of the hospital’s Independent Practice Association and chairman of the Medical Staff Bylaws Committee. Dr. Bergen lives in Harvard, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.
Paul Birch, vice chairman and chair of the Finance Committee, is a partner at CommonAngels and a member of its investment committee, a business owner and advisor to early stage companies. He was previously a director and chair of the Audit Committee of Double Take Software. He was previously president, CEO and director of GEAC Computer Corporation and EVP, CFO and director of MRO Software Inc. Mr. Birch’s background was in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand and Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Birch also serves on the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board.
Richard Churchill, Jr.
Richard Churchill, Jr., of Concord, is a retired venture capitalist, formerly a partner of TA Associates and co-founder of M/C Venture Partners. He and his wife own and operate The Cottage, a home furnishings and design business in Concord. Mr. Churchill is also a member of the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board. He is a former trustee of Concord Academy and Nashoba Brooks School. Mr. Churchill is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.
Gloria Clough of Concord is chair of the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board. She is a clinical specialist in psychiatry and mental health with a private practice in Concord. She received her undergraduate degree from the Roger Williams General Hospital School of Nursing and her master’s in nursing from Boston College. She also holds a bachelor’s in psychology from St. Joseph’s College and a master’s of divinity from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Ms. Clough established the first chaplaincy program at Emerson in 1991.
Paul D’Ambrosio, MD
Paul D’Ambrosio, MD, president of the Emerson Hospital medical staff, is a lifelong resident of Concord and was born at Emerson. A graduate of Harvard College and Tufts Medical School, he co-founded Concord Internal Medicine Associates. Dr. D’Ambrosio formerly chaired Emerson's Physician-Hospital Organization. He is currently a board member of Partners Community HealthCare Inc. and is on the board of the Emerson Hospital.
James DiGiovanni of Concord is a real estate developer and property manager with Period Realty Trust of Concord, a family business that owns and manages residential and commercial properties in the region. Mr. DiGiovanni is on the board of the Concord Business Partnership and is co-chair of the Concord Economic Council. He has been active in the Concord Lions Club and has served on a number of town building committees. Mr. DiGiovanni is currently a member of the Rental Housing Association and is a corporator of the Middlesex Savings Bank.
Donald Driscoll, Jr., MD
Donald Driscoll, Jr., MD, of Concord, is president of the Emerson medical staff and is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Concord and Westford. He is a member of the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board. Dr. Driscoll is a graduate of Harvard College and Tufts University Medical School. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and completed his residencies at New England Deaconess Hospital and the New England Medical Center and his fellowship in total joint replacement at Massachusetts General Hospital. He supports a number of high school teams in the region.
Patrick J. Flynn
Patrick J. Flynn is an active entrepreneur from Concord. He recently formed Assabet
Ventures, a venture capital company focused on start-ups and early stage growth
companies. Prior roles include chief executive officer of Health Dialog, a global
health care company that he helped build from a start-up, and co-founder and CEO of
Symmetrix, a consulting firm specialized in healthcare and financial services. Mr. Flynn serves on a number of for-profit and not-for-profit boards.
Rose Ann Giordano
Rose Ann Giordano of Acton is chair of Emerson’s Governance Committee and is a high-tech consultant. She formerly served in sales and marketing for Compaq Computer’s Customer Services Division and was the first woman vice president and corporate officer at Digital Equipment Corporation. Ms. Giordano serves on the Board of Directors of TimeTrade Inc. and the MIT Enterprise Forum. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Eric Haartz, chair of the Board Quality Committee, is CEO of Haartz Corporation, an Acton-based manufacturer of engineered coated materials for automotive and marine industries throughout the world. A resident of Concord, Mr. Haartz is involved with the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce School-Business Partnership Committee. He is also active in the Horseless Carriage Car Club of America and, along with his wife, Denise, has been an active supporter of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary.
John R. Hickling
John Hickling of Concord is a private investor. He is a former partner and founder of Liberty Square Asset Management. Prior to Liberty Square, he was at Fidelity Investments, both in Boston and London as a fund manager. Mr. Hickling serves on the board of the Emerson Health Care Foundation and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Bowdoin College and received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.
Winston Hindle, Jr.
Winston Hindle, Jr., secretary of the Emerson Hospital Board, is a Concord resident and a retired senior vice president of Digital Equipment Corporation. He joined Digital in 1962 as assistant to the president and founder, Kenneth Olsen. A graduate of Amherst College, Mr. Hindle received his master’s degree from MIT Sloan School. He is a board member of two private companies, a trustee of the Concord Museum and former chair of the board of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.
Mary Johnson is a long-time resident and leader of the Concord community. She served as president/chair of a variety of Concord-area economic development and housing organizations including the Concord Chamber of Commerce, Belknap House and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. She currently chairs the Concord Housing Authority and serves on the town’s Economic Development Committee, the Concord Restorative Justice Program and the board of Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford.
Ronald Johnson of Westford is chairman of the Emerson Hospital Board. He retired as founder and executive vice president of PhotoMetrics Inc. in Woburn. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in aeronautical engineering and specialization in high-altitude physics, optical scanning and materials analysis. Long active in the civic affairs of Westford, he served as a member of the School Committee, Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Zoning Board of Appeals.
John Lowe III, PhD
John Lowe, III, PhD, of Concord is an associate professor and chair of Health Care Administration at Simmons College. A graduate of Duke University, he earned his master’s in health services administration from Ohio State University, and his PhD in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois. Currently, he is chairman of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and a member of the Trustee Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Hospital Association.
Amaresh Mahapatra, PhD
Amaresh Mahapatra, PhD, of Acton, is chair of the Community Benefit Advisory Group for Emerson and is president of Linden Photonics, a company he co-founded in 2002. Linden Photonics manufactures a range of optical fiber cable for use by agencies of the defense department and their contractors as well as by advanced technology firms. Dr. Mahapatra became a Corporator of Emerson Hospital in 2004.
Christine Schuster, RN, MBA
Ms. Schuster has over 25 years of health care experience. Prior to joining Emerson in 2005, she served as president and CEO of Quincy Medical Center and previously Athol Memorial Hospital. She also served as chief operating officer of the Extended Care Division of Tenet Saint Vincent Healthcare System in Worcester and director of critical care at New England Deaconess Hospital. Early in her career, she was a healthcare consultant with Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. Schuster received her master’s in business administration, with honors, from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor of science in nursing from Boston University. In 2005, she was appointed by Governor Romney to serve on the Massachusetts Health Education and Financing Authority (HEFA) Board of Directors. She was later elected chairman of the Mass. HEFA Board. Ms. Schuster is a member of the American Hospital Association Metro Regional Council and the boards of the Voluntary Hospitals of America Northeast and the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals. She has served on the board of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), where she chaired the Clinical Issues Advisory Council and was a member of the Leadership Education Committee. At MHA, she continues to advocate for quality, cost-effective patient care as a member of the Committee on Finance. She is also engaged in civic affairs and has served on the board of the Concord Chamber of Commerce and the Concord Economic Council. Ms. Schuster recently received the 2010 American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award for her work in advocating for quality patient care. She was also named the 2011 Business Person of the Year by the Concord Chamber of Commerce.
Jill Stansky of Sudbury is active in the charitable affairs of her hometown. She serves as a trustee of the Sudbury Foundation, and she is a founder and Board member of HOPEsudbury, a grassroots organization which provides emergency financial assistance to Sudbury residents. She is a past Board member of Sudbury Education Resource Fund and currently is on the Executive Council of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She was elected Corporator in January 2004.
James A. Street, PhD, MD
James Street, PhD, MD, of Bedford, is president-elect of the medical staff and the chair of the department of anesthesia and perioperative medicine at Emerson Hospital, vice president of Emerson Anesthesia Associates, associate professor of anesthesia at Northeastern University, physician advisor to the Emerson Hospital Integrative Health & Wellness Center, and the medical director of the Emerson Hospital acupuncture program. Dr. Street is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his anesthesia residency through the Harvard Medical School program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. His clinical interests include patient safety, ambulatory and pediatric anesthesia, integrative therapies and wellness, and anesthesia education.
Michael Zak of Concord is chair of the Compensation Committee. He is a general partner at Charles River Ventures, where he serves as the principal sponsor for investments in a number of information technology markets. In 2002, he was recognized as the Venture Capitalist of the Year by the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council. Mr. Zak has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served as a board member of Cornell University’s Foundation.