Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine, will be honored by the Massachusetts Health Council, a nonprofit committed to improving and protecting the health of state citizens, at its annual gala on Oct. 21 in Boston.
“I am humbled to be selected by the Massachusetts Health Council for this remarkable honor,” Murphy said. “Improving access to high quality, compassionate care for all patients, with a particular interest in vulnerable populations has been the bedrock of my professional career. Being recognized for that work is gratifying.”
Murphy is one of four individuals and one wellness program the council is applauding for exemplifying its 94-year mission of promoting prevention and wellness. Murphy was chosen because of her devotion to supporting healthy communities, families and individuals.
“It is an honor to recognize those who have gone above and beyond to improve our health standards,” said Susan Servais, executive director of the Massachusetts Health Council.
The other honorees include Timothy Johnson, MD, former ABC medical correspondent; Sally Sampson, founder and president, Chop Chop Magazine; Walter Willet, MD, DrPH, Harvard School of Public Health; and Lahey Health.
Prior to her joining UMass Medical School in 2006, Murphy served as president and chief executive officer of Carney Hospital in Dorchester, founding president of St. Mary's Center for Women and Children, and vice president of St. Margaret’s Hospital for Women.
A graduate of UMass Boston, Murphy was the 2010 recipient of her alma mater’s Education for Service Award. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she received the Bradford Fellowship for Excellence in Public Service. Murphy received an honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from Curry College.
She has served on numerous boards and commissions, including current service on the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission Advisory Council, the boards of Curry College and UHealthSolutions, the Leadership Council of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Board of Directors as vice chair.