Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce A. Murphy to be honored with 2015 Pinnacle Award from Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

December 10, 2014

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine, will be presented next month with a 2015 Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. The annual awards honor female leaders who have achieved excellence in business and management.

“I am honored to be chosen for this prestigious award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce,” Murphy said. “I am passionate about the mission of Commonwealth Medicine because our work improves access to high-quality care for all patients, and strives to reduce health care disparities. I share this honor with the entire UMass Medical School/Commonwealth Medicine team.”

Murphy will receive the Excellence in Health Care, Arts & Education award, one of eight being presented during a luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel.

“For more than 20 years, the Pinnacle Awards have paid tribute to some of the region’s most accomplished female leaders,” said Paul Guzzi, president & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber. “Our 2015 honorees are inspirational leaders, and together, they are making a significant impact in their respective industries and on our broader economy and community. The Chamber looks forward to honoring these outstanding women on January 29.”

This is the third accolade this fall that Murphy has been selected to receive. On Oct. 24, Commonwealth Medicine was named number two on the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute. On Oct. 21, Murphy was presented with The Massachusetts Health Council’s Outstanding Leadership Award for her devotion to supporting healthy communities, families and individuals.

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 serves on numerous boards and commissions, including 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.