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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 60 in the reimbursement process, and renegotiated commercial payer rates. Under her leadership, over the past three years BMC has had a "small but symbolically enormous surplus." Walsh also knew that to become more efficient and stay competi- tive, she would need to make some investments. BMC's campus, which has a split campus configuration, as a result of merging two hospitals, each with its own full service campus, captured her attention. In 2013, Walsh launched a four-year clinical campus redesign to reduce costly operational inefficiencies. As part of this plan, BMC's overcrowded Emergency Department is being enlarged, creating additional treat- ment rooms for patients and making it possible for all emergency medical staff to be located in the same space. BMC also entered into a partnership with the City of Boston to install a co-generation system to ensure that BMC and the regional emergency communication infrastructure can stay fully operational in the event of a superstorm. This investment will improve quality and accessibility and generate $1.25 million in annual energy savings for BMC. an interview with kate walsh A Closer Look at Kate Walsh Kate Walsh became interested in health care administration during college, through an internship at the Brookside Health Center in Jamaica Plain. The Center was committed to provid- ing comprehensive affordable health care to the community. An Urban Studies major, Walsh was fascinated by the mechanics and complexity of how health care is delivered and saw parallels between hospitals and small cities. Inspired, she returned to Yale to complete her undergraduate degree and a Master's in Public Health. After graduation Walsh moved to New York, where she fell in love with both hospital administration and her future husband, Erik Garpestad, who was a medical resident at the time. (He now serves as Associate Chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Division of Tufts Medical Center and Director of its Medical ICU.) In time they returned to her hometown of Boston, where she worked for Mass General Hospital for 15 years before becoming COO of Novartis Institutes for Bio Medical Research. Brigham and Women's Hospital wooed her back into hospital administration and Walsh served as its COO for five years before joining BMC in 2010. Somewhere along the way she and her husband started a family and moved to Wellesley. Walsh has years of health care administration experience, but she isn't bound by the way things have always been done. Entrepreneurial, informed, and committed, Walsh and her team at BMC are working within the constraints of their envi- ronment to create innovative solutions that work. Recognizing her efforts on behalf of the most vulnerable and in greatest need, in 2013 the Visiting Nurses Association of Boston named Walsh a "Hero of Health Care." Similarly, in 2014 Suffolk University awarded Walsh an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for her exceptional achievements.