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.

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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.

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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




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.