Commonwealth Medicine number two on list of top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts

October 24, 2014

Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting and operations division of UMass Medical School, is number two on the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts, announced The Boston Globe Magazine and its partner The Commonwealth Institute. Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, is the chief executive at Commonwealth Medicine.

“I could not be more proud of Commonwealth Medicine and the work of our entire team, who strive every day to fulfill our mission of providing better access to quality health care for all,” Murphy said. “Our innovations support government agencies, nonprofits, and managed care organizations in solving some of the most complex health care challenges from improving care delivery to implementing pharmacy management programs to designing ground-breaking health care financial models.”

“I am so pleased that Joyce’s tremendous leadership of our Commonwealth Medicine division has been publically recognized by the Commonwealth Institute and Globe Magazine,” said Chancellor Michael F. Collins.  “Joyce is a highly respected and impactful campus leader, colleague, mentor and advocate, and this special recognition is richly and rightly deserved.”

The ranking was revealed at the 13th Annual Top Women-Led Businesses Award Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. The full list of honorees will be published in the print and online versions of The Globe Magazine’s Women and Power Issue on Sunday, Oct. 26.

“This year’s list includes female leaders from virtually all sectors, including healthcare, energy, technology, finance, education, and retail,” Globe Magazine Editor Susanne Althoff said in a statement. “It’s a testament to the diversity of industry and opportunity that exists in Massachusetts and also to the heights to which women can ascend.”

The Boston Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute selected businesses to honor based on revenue or operating budget, workplace and management diversity, innovation and number of full-time employees. The 100 organizations on the list had total revenue of $73 billion last year.

“It’s no surprise to us that women are the fuel helping drive the economic engine in Massachusetts,” Aileen Gorman, executive director of TCI, said in a statement. “There is no sector where women leaders are not represented; we and the Boston Globe Magazine are excited to celebrate this, and we hope this also inspires other women to strive for leadership positions in our region.”

This is the second honor Murphy has received in October. The Massachusetts Health Council applauded Murphy for her devotion to supporting healthy communities, families and individuals at its annual gala in Boston on Oct. 21.She and four others were commended by the council for exemplifying its 94-year mission of promoting prevention and wellness.

Before joining Commonwealth Medicine 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 has also received an honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from Curry College.

Murphy 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.