McCarthy served as the chairwoman of the Board of Hallmark Health System when it formed in 1997 and served as a co-chair on the first Board of Trustees. Previously, she had served as chairwoman of Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees.
“Kathryn’s dedication to the establishment of Hallmark Health as the premier health care system in Boston’s northern suburbs is rivaled only by her deep commitment to helping others,” said Michael V. Sack, president and chief executive officer of Hallmark Health. “We are so pleased to present the Founder’s Award to someone who has contributed so much not only to Hallmark Health, but to the communities we serve as well.”
A resident of Lexington, MA, McCarthy began her lifelong commitment to Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford in 1975 when she became a corporator. She became a trustee in 1977 and then in 1986 assumed the role of vice president of the Lawrence Association. She was elected vice chairwoman of the Board of Directors and in 1991 became chairwoman of the Association and of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. As she served as chairwoman, Hallmark Health began expanding further into Somerville and Medford resulting first in the creation of Davis Square Medical Associates in Somerville and then the development 101 Main St. in Medford.
McCarthy received her undergraduate education at Tufts College, where she graduated Phi Betta Kappa with an AB in mathematics in 1944 and a MS degree in Physics in 1946. She then began her career as the youngest instructor in Tufts history in the Department of Physics. In 1957, while continuing to teach at Tufts, she received a PhD in applied physics from Radcliffe College.
McCarthy’s administrative talents were recognized when she was asked to serve as the provost and senior vice president from 1973 to 1979, making her the first female provost at Tufts. McCarthy is also nationally recognized for her work and achievements in the field of applied physics as well as academic administration.
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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts-New England Medical Center for neonatology.