Senior Leadership

Every team needs its leaders.

At Emerson Hospital, we’re one big team. But within that team are smaller groups that make a huge impact on everything from daily operations to patient care to the hospital’s bright future. That’s where our senior leaders come in. Learn all about them below.

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Christine Schuster, RN, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Schuster has over 30 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 health care consultant with Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. Schuster received her master’s in business administration, with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth Business School and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Boston University.

Ms. Schuster was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Health Education and Financing Authority where she was elected Chairman of the Board. She currently serves as Chairman of Power Options, the leading energy buying consortium in Massachusetts as well as Vice Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals. She is also currently a corporator for Middlesex Bank, and is a member of the Massachusetts Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

In 2017, Ms. Schuster received the Excellent Non-Profit Leadership Award from the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce and the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award (which she also received in 2009). In 2014, Ms. Schuster received the American Hospital Association Most Valuable PAC Player Award for her leadership in encouraging advocacy to benefit hospitals and patients. Also in 2014, Becker's Hospital Review named her as one of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know”. Ms. Schuster was named to The Commonwealth Institute’s 2017 list of Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. In 2011, Ms. Schuster received the Businessperson of the Year Award from the Concord Chamber of Commerce as well the “Prescription for Excellence Award” from the MA Medical Health Law Report. She received the Maynard Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award in 2008.

Eric Stastny

Eric Stastny, MHA

Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Stastny oversees all inpatient and outpatient operations at Emerson as well as human resources and the physician practices for the Emerson Health System.  Mr. Stastny has a broad range of experience in both hospital settings and physician practices. Mr. Stastny earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's in healthcare administration from Ohio University. During his 12 years at Emerson, Eric has accomplished many noteworthy milestones. First, in our human resources department, he implemented significant technology enhancements making our job application, resume tracking, performance management, and benefits processes fully paperless. Over the past few years, Eric led a number of successful facility renovation projects including our state-of-the-art Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Therapies, the new Steinberg Wellness Center for the Mind and Body, the Naka Infusion Center,  Mass General Cancer Center as well as our new Urgent Care Centers.

Barrett Kitch, MD, MPH

Barrett Kitch, MD, MPH

Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Kitch is responsible for the oversight and functions of Emerson’s departments of quality and patient safety, care management, and adult and pediatric hospitalist services. In addition, Emerson’s medical and surgical department chairs and service chiefs report to him.

Dr. Kitch came to Emerson from North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Mass., where he served as vice chair of medicine and chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. He also directed their internal medicine residency program. Dr. Kitch has been a leading figure at Partners HealthCare for his collaborative approach to quality and patient safety. Throughout his career he has been known for building trusting relationships with physicians, nurses and hospital staff. He co-chairs the Partners Critical Care Collaborative and the Partners Sepsis Work Group. He has twice been the recipient of the Partners-wide Nesson Award for physician leadership.

Previously, he was an associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the division of pulmonary and critical care in addition to serving as a senior research scientist in the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kitch received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before graduating from the UNC School of Medicine. He received his master’s in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship and residency at Mass General and a Harvard Combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship. Dr. Kitch is board certified in critical care medicine.

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Michael Hachey, CPA

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hachey is responsible for the oversight of all of Emerson’s financial operations. Previously, Mr. Hachey served as the chief financial officer of Mercy Health System of Maine in Portland, and before that, he was the chief operating officer for Miles Health Care, a subsidiary of MaineHealth. He is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Hachey serves on the adjunct faculty of the University of Massachusetts – Lowell, the board of Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce and the Standing Committee on Finance of the Massachusetts Hospital Association.

Christine Gallery photoChristine Gallery, JD

Senior Vice President, Planning and Chief Strategy Officer

Ms. Gallery develops programs that ensure the continued growth of hospital services. She leads the organization’s strategic planning and business development efforts, directs the hospital’s marketing strategy and oversees physician recruitment and physician relations, volunteer services and the hospital’s Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind and Body. She has been with Emerson since 1996. Previously, she was director of physician network development at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton. Ms. Gallery received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the College of the Holy Cross and a J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University Law School. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Ms. Gallery is past president of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. In 2012, she was named Strategist of the Year by the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to strategic planning and business development.

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Joyce Welsh, RN, MSM

Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer

Ms. Welsh is responsible for nursing services, pharmacy, home care, the anticoagulation clinic, outpatient psychiatry, transitional care unit, the Center for Weight Loss, and the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital - Bethke. She is a health care executive with more than 27 years of experience. Prior to joining Emerson, she worked at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston as the senior director of patient care services, where she was responsible for administrative and clinical activities for medical-surgical, critical care, cardiac catheterization lab, coumadin clinic, infusion therapy, and the development of clinical pathways. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's in management, graduating with academic excellence from Emmanuel College in Boston. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL) for Massachusetts. She is on the faculty for the ONL Leadership Academy.

Karl Kussin photoKarl Kussin

Vice President of Development and Chief Philanthropy Officer

Mr. Kussin develops, implements and maintains a comprehensive program that maximizes philanthropic support for all of Emerson’s charitable components and affiliates. In addition, he provides strategic oversight and direction for the Emerson Health Care Foundation, the hospital’s fundraising arm. Guided by a volunteer board, the Emerson Health Care Foundation raises millions of dollars annually for facility enhancements, technology investments and clinical advancement through special appeals, fundraising campaigns, the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and the support of corporators who serve as ambassadors for the hospital in their local communities. Previously, Mr. Kussin served as the director of development at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord and as the director of development at Suffolk University in Boston. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and marketing management from the University of Vermont.

Patricia EllisPatty Ellis

Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety

Ms. Ellis oversees a comprehensive program that includes all internal and external quality reporting, risk management, infection control, patient safety, accreditation and patient experience initiatives. She also serves as the hospital’s liaison to the Massachusetts Departments of Public and Mental Health, CMS, Joint Commission, Leapfrog Group and other key quality and patient safety agencies. Before coming to Emerson, Ms. Ellis served as vice president of quality and patient safety at both Care New England in Rhode Island and Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester. She held several positions at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, including as a clinical quality consultant and as director of the cancer center, and was a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner. Ms. Ellis has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a master’s in public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Renee FosbergRenee Fosberg

Senior Director and Chief Information Officer

Ms. Fosberg has worked for nearly 20 years as a leader in the health care information systems industry. Prior to joining Emerson she worked in the Caritas Christi system (now Steward Healthcare) for ten years. In her current role as Emerson Hospital’s chief information officer, she provides direction to the health system’s strategy, policy and implementation of information technology and telecommunication systems. Her team delivers a premium service level for support of the desktops, software, and data center infrastructure, as well as biomedical and diagnostic imaging equipment used by the clinicians and support staff. Ms. Fosberg has helped shepherd the Emerson health system (including its urgent care centers and medical offices) and its 75 affiliated physician offices to a highly-reliable and secure electronic medical records (EMR) platform. Under her leadership of the information services department, Emerson was designated as one of Healthcare’s Most Wired Hospitals in 2016 and 2017 by the American Hospital Association and since 2009 has been named a HIMSS Analytics stage 6 hospital, which measures the adoption and utilization of EMR functions. Ms. Fosberg has been recognized in Becker’s Healthcare as a Top 100 CIOs to Know in 2016 and 2018, and she was named a “Rising Star” by Health Management Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science in healthcare management and policy from the University of New Hampshire.

Richard BerkmanRichard Berkman

Special Advisor to the CEO, Governance and Special Projects

Mr. Berkman oversees governance and special projects as an advisor to Emerson President and CEO Christine Schuster. In this role, he works closely with Emerson’s Board of Directors, helping them fulfill their responsibilities to the hospital. Mr. Berkman has a high level of experience in hospital administration, most recently as a partner with HealthCARE Management Consulting, where he helped provide operational analyses and cost savings ideas to hospitals and other medical centers. Prior to that position, he was senior vice president for member services at Yankee Alliance, a regional group purchasing organization for hospitals and nursing homes. Mr. Berkman has also been a senior hospital executive at several hospitals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mr. Berkman holds a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Maine, a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Standing from Northeastern University. As a member of the U.S. Army, he rose to the rank of captain in the Medical Service Corps and received the Army Commendation Medal. He is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, as well as current treasurer and past president of ACHE of Massachusetts. He is also a board member and current treasurer of Temple Emmanuel of Wakefield.