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Corporator Nomination and Orientation Committee Update


Twenty new corporators are on board—and enthusiastic

Twenty new Emerson corporators have been oriented, many have attended events and meetings, and some have joined corporator committees. There is one more step for new corporators, notes Walter Birge, chair of the Orientation Committee. “All have been invited for a Summer Coffee and Conversation with Chris Schuster,” he notes, in reference to Emerson’s president and CEO. “She makes a point of meeting all corporators and encourages them to stay in touch with her.”

Cato Anderson, chair of the Nominating Committee, says it’s not too soon to give some thought to future nominations. “We want people to get in the habit of considering who would be a good corporator,” he says. “Our corporators tend to be people who are already active in the community. Several recent new corporators have young families, are impressed with their Emerson experiences—for example, in the Clough Birthing Center or the Emergency Department—and want to become further engaged with the hospital.”

Although Mr. Anderson and his committee won’t get serious about the next round of nominations until the fall, he is seeking new committee members. If you are interested in joining the Corporator Nominating Committee, please contact Mr. Anderson at canderson@mcwaltervolunteer.com or 978-369-4313.

Meet three new corporators

Karen Bechtel is a natural to serve as an Emerson corporator. In 2014, Ms. Bechtel, a long-time resident of Lexington, was named executive director of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, an organization with a 67-year history of funding worthy human services programs. In the 1950s, support from the Community Chest—comprised of donations from community members—prevented Emerson from operating at a deficit.

“These days, we provide support to the hospital’s Pediatric Intervention Team—specifically to help cover the cost of the coping kits that are distributed to children who come to Emerson,” she says.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Bechtel served as business and operations director for Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program in Lincoln. She had volunteered there during her years in the corporate world as marketing communications manager at National Grid. “I love horses and what they can do for people,” she says. “Lovelane serves kids from throughout the region.”

Ms. Bechtel has already participated in an important Emerson event: the 5K Run~Walk for Cancer, which raises funds to support cancer services at the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke. She says she is eager to spread the word about Emerson programs. “I’m interested in health and wellbeing, so I have an interest in the hospital’s health and wellness program,” she says.

Joshua Nelson says he has gotten to know Emerson through his three children, who have needed care from time to time. “We’ve had great experiences at Emerson each time,” he notes.

Mr. Nelson is partner and managing director of Thomas H. Lee Partners in Boston. “We invest in companies that have growth opportunities before them,” he explains, adding that he specializes in consumer and health care companies. “We try to be strategic partners to these organizations.” Prior to joining Thomas H. Lee Partners, he worked at JPMorgan Partners.

In addition to serving on the board of the Boston Public Library Foundation, Mr. Nelson is involved with the local United Way and serves as section representative for his Harvard Business School class. He is a sports fan and recreational athlete. “I used to race bikes in college,” he says. “Now I enjoy golf.”

He enjoyed the tour of Emerson that was part of new corporator orientation. “I am impressed with the hospital’s physical plant,” says Mr. Nelson, a Boston native who has lived in Concord for seven years. “But what struck me more is the spirit of everybody there, including the volunteers who are passionate about what they do. Emerson has a mission everyone feels strongly about.”

As CEO of Deaconess Abundant Life Communities (DALC), Christopher Sintros has a deep appreciation for Emerson, whose original name was Concord Deaconess Hospital. The New England Deaconess Association, which constructed the cottage hospital in 1911 thanks to a gift from Charles Emerson, is the common thread.

“There is a long history of mutual support between the New England Deaconess Association and Emerson,” notes Mr. Sintros, who joined DALC as executive director of the Newbury Court Community, which is adjacent to Emerson, in 2008. Since being promoted to CEO in 2014, he oversees five communities and a private home care agency. “Our goal is to provide people with choices and options. Expectations have changed; people increasingly are taking control of their aging process and their life experience.”

Mr. Sintros’s pursuit of gerontological studies was partly practical. “I had a family member with Alzheimer’s disease and was struck by the limited options that were available,” he explains. “I knew we could do better. On the other hand, working at Newbury Court, where our offices are based, is a privilege. It’s home to 350 of the most interesting people I’ve ever met.”

He is eager to serve as a corporator in Harvard, where he lives with his wife and two children—and coaches their soccer teams. “What has always struck me about Emerson is how appreciative our residents are for the quality care they receive and the extent to which they feel ownership in the hospital’s success,” says Mr. Sintros. “Concord is lucky to have Emerson, and so are the growing number of towns that are served by the hospital network.”

For a list of corporators by town, click here.