Friday, May 24, 2024

The Cambridge Health Alliance, including Cambridge Hospital, have four new members in its board of trustees. (Photo: Vlad Tuchkov)

Cambridge Health Alliance has named four members to its board of trustees, highlighting in a recent City Council meeting changes in the health care practice: Being in Everett, as the network has for more than a decade, means expanding who gets to lead the health care network.

A summary of the board suggests only Cambridge and Somerville residents can be on the board, but City Manager Robert W. Healy, who appoints members, said July 30 “that summary may have to be modified.”

There are 15 members, and two-thirds must be from Cambridge, Healy explained to a question from councillor Minka vanBeuzekom — so since the founding of the alliance in 1996, there would be 10 members from Cambridge and five from Somerville.

“With the presence of Whidden, there are now four Somerville residents and one Everett resident in the composition of members of the board,” Healy said, referring to Whidden Hospital, 103 Garland St., Everett, becoming part of the alliance’s network.

In fact, an Everett resident was announced as a member of the board in 2005, and it was the same member appointed in July: Bill Hart.

Seven people were considered for membership, Healy said, with those added to the board being:

Hart is the executive director of the executive office for the 15-college Massachusetts Community Colleges. Before assuming that role, he was the organization’s deputy director for five years and worked for more than 10 years at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, primarily as its vice president of communications. Active in community and municipal service, Hart recently completed a three-year term on the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, is a member of the Everett and Chelsea chambers of commerce and is chairman of the Everett’s Board of Assessors. He graduated from Merrimack College and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University.

Madge Kaplan is a Cambridge resident who serves as director of communications for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Before joining the institute, she spent 20 years as a broadcast journalist, editor and bureau chief for public radio, most recently as a health correspondent for National Public Radio. Kaplan earned a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies at Brown University.

Traci Logan, also a Cambridge resident, is the chief operating officer for Bentley University. Logan had served as the university’s vice provost and vice president for information technology. She got a master’s degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Somerville resident Kathleen McGilvray is the deputy director of investment for the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp., a nonprofit specializing in the financing of affordable housing and community development throughout the state. The agency has financed several community health centers as well as the expansion of Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Before her tenure there, McGilvray was an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand, serving health care clients including Partners Healthcare, and she worked for a physician practice management company where she conducted financial analyses for physician practices looking to join the company and reviewed managed care contracts. She is a member of the Somerville Community Corp.’s Real Estate Development Advisory Committee. McGilvray holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and graduated from Tufts University with bachelor’s degrees in economics and American studies.

The trustees replace Nancy Busnach, Frank Duehay and Jane Metzger, who have completed their terms of service. Additionally, board vice chairwoman Ellen Semonoff succeeded Mary Cassesso as chairwoman effective July 1. Cassesso will remain on the board and also assumed the role as chairwoman of the CHA Foundation Board.

Cambridge Health Alliance operates three hospital campuses and a network of primary and specialty care practices in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities, as well as the Cambridge Public Health Dept. The alliance is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is affiliated with the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine. For information, go to

This post took trustee biography information from a press release.