Emerson Hospital Elects New Corporator from Groton, Betsy Tyson-Smith


At Emerson Hospital’s Annual Meeting held recently, Betsy Tyson-Smith, a Groton resident, was elected as a Corporator of the hospital. Corporators represent the health interests of the 25 communities served by Emerson.

“As Emerson continues to succeed as a top community hospital in today’s challenging health care environment, our Corporators are an integral part of our mission to provide the best health care to every person in the many towns that the hospital and health system serves,” said Paul D. Birch, Chair, Emerson Hospital Board of Directors. “Through their work as ambassadors, they educate the community on ways that Emerson is expanding its services to treat an ever-growing population using the latest technology and surgical techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, while maintaining its focus on providing the highest quality compassionate care to patients.  We are grateful to our Corporators who have accepted the responsibility to serve the community in this important way.” 

Emerson relies on its volunteer corporators as ambassadors of the hospital through the work they do communicating information about the hospital's programs and services to the residents and businesses in their communities. Corporators also elect the hospital’s Board of Directors and new Corporators each year at the hospital’s annual meeting.

“We are proud of our new Corporator from Groton,” added Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson. “We look forward to working with Betsy to deepen our relationships with residents and local organizations as we expand our services in new and exciting areas to provide advanced, quality health care for everyone in the area.”

In 2000, Betsy co-founded the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard, a center of support for those living with cancer. She led the organization as CEO through its first decade of growth as it became a notable resource for those with breast cancer. Betsy has been widely recognized as one of the early practitioners of integrative therapies in the support of breast cancer, and is well-known as a speaker, writer and workshop leader. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 and opened her therapy practice to others with the disease. During this time, she recognized a need for more inclusive treatments, for integration between psychological and medical care and a strong connection to the healing powers of the environment. Her relationship with Emerson spans many years, including as a clinician, and as an active participant in Schwartz Rounds and volunteer activities. She recently retired from her nearly 40-year career as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor serving the greater
Concord area.

She is part of the class of 2020 which is comprised of corporators from towns throughout Emerson Hospital’s service area including Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Sudbury, Littleton and Maynard.
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Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford, and urgent care centers in Hudson and Littleton. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.