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wellesley resident Kate Walsh has one of the toughest, yet most satisfying jobs in Boston. As Boston Medical Center's (BMC) president and CEO, Walsh oversees a large, dynamic, and complex urban medical ecosystem. She took the helm in 2010 during a time of tremendous uncertainty, as health care reform was being enacted and as BMC was on the brink of defaulting on its debt. When BMC selected Walsh, they chose wisely. She brought just the right mix of energy, experience, and entrepreneurial leadership to transform BMC into a top-notch medical center that is well positioned for the future. Walsh is a positive force, an independent thinker who refuses to believe that health care delivery is a problem for which there is no solution. Rather than being daunted by the challenge in front of her at BMC, Walsh was enthusiastic about the opportunity it presented. Tenures as a senior executive at a biomedical research firm and Mass General and Brigham and Women's hospitals had prepared her well. "It is the ideal job for me — one to which I have always aspired," Walsh explains. BMC is in many ways Boston's hospital. Sixty-seven percent of BMC's patients come from Suffolk County, as do a quarter of its 5,000 employees. It is the region's leading trauma center and its busiest emergency room. In addition to its 482-bed teaching hospital located in the South End, BMC is linked to a network of 14 community health centers located throughout Boston and in Quincy. It is the pri- mary teaching affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine, for which it trains hundreds of interns and residents every year. It houses a brand new, state-of-the-art Cancer Center. And BMC includes an insurance company that serves over 315,000 customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. What is it about BMC that Walsh finds so appealing? "BMC is actively creating solutions to health care challenges, rather than being part of the problem," Walsh explains. "It is an honor to work with amazing people toward a compelling mission." BMC's mission — to provide exceptional care, without exception — aligns its staff across its multiple medical settings. Exceptional care for BMC means providing superior quality and comprehensive care, 57 s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Health Care s Entrepreneur L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N writer / B R I A N S M I T H photographer an interview with kate walsh