Joyce A. Murphy assumed the senior-most executive role at Commonwealth Medicine in 2011, overseeing the health care consulting and operations division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She provides leadership and direction for all Commonwealth Medicine centers, programs and departments, as well as steering the strategic course of the enterprise. She previously held the position of Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, managing the day-to-day operations of Commonwealth Medicine's clinical and service-delivery programs, as well as administrative functions.
Prior to joining Commonwealth Medicine in 2006, Ms. Murphy served as President of Carney Hospital, a community teaching hospital, for nine years. She also served as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Caritas Christi Health Care System. As a result of her work at Carney Hospital, in 2005 she received the Massachusetts Hospital Association's William L. Lane Hospital Advocate Award for her advocacy on behalf of the hospital, her commitment to the institution's mission, and the impact of her work on the health care community.
In an earlier role as Vice President of St. Margaret's Hospital for Women in Dorchester, Ms. Murphy created the vision, business plan, and financial viability to redevelop the campus and establish a successor corporation when the inpatient hospital closed. She served as president of the new institution, St. Mary's Women and Children's Center, which continues to provide services to homeless and low-income women and children in Boston.
Ms. Murphy began her professional career in the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) and went on to serve as First Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. During her 11-year tenure at the DOC, she held various roles and ultimately became Superintendent of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham, the sole women's prison in the state.
In 2003, as a result of her experience at the DOC, then-Governor Mitt Romney appointed Ms. Murphy to the 15-member Governor's Commission on Correction Reform, which recommended policy, procedure, and practice reforms. Later she helped oversee implementation of those reforms as one of the 12 members of the Council on Correction Reform.
In 2017, she was the recipient of UMass Medical School’s Trailblazing Women Award, which recognizes women who have played a major role in supporting aspiring women leaders at the medical school. In November 2015, Ms. Murphy was chosen by the Worcester Business Journal as one of six Outstanding Women in Business. She received the Excellence in Health Care, Arts & Education Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce in January 2015. Ms. Murphy was honored by The Boston Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute in October 2014 when Commonwealth Medicine was listed number two on the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. Also in October 2014, the Massachusetts Health Council presented Ms. Murphy with the Outstanding Leadership Award for her devotion to supporting healthy communities, families and individuals.
Ms. Murphy holds a bachelor's degree in law enforcement from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded the Bradford Fellowship for Excellence in Public Administration. She also received an honorary doctorate of public administration from Curry College. She is currently Chair of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Board of Directors and a member of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare Board of Directors. Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg in April 2015 named Ms. Murphy to serve on the newly created Advisory Committee on Wage Equality.