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Christopher Philbin Named UMass Memorial Health Care Vice President of Government Relations

Congressman McGovern’s Chief of Staff to Fill Key Role for Health Care System

Christopher PhilbinWORCESTER, MA – August 5, 2013 - Eric Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, today announced that Christopher Philbin has been named Vice President of Government Relations at UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care system in Central New England. The appointment is effective September 3, 2013. Mr. Philbin will be reporting to Douglas Brown, JD, Senior Vice President for Member Hospitals and Chief Legal Officer.

Mr. Philbin currently serves as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative James P. McGovern, a position he has held since 2005. Congressman McGovern is well known for his dedication to health care issues, and Mr. Philbin has been instrumental in developing those priorities and navigating the increasing roles of federal and state government in health care.

Mr. Philbin has extensive experience in various legislative roles. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Philbin served as Representative McGovern’s Legislative Counsel. He began his career as Director of Community & Economic Development for the Town of Clinton, before serving as Legislative Director for MA State Senator Robert A. Bernstein. He also served on the Clinton Hospital Board of Trustees at the time when Clinton Hospital joined UMass Memorial Health Care.

“I am very excited to welcome Chris to the UMass Memorial Health Care team,” said Eric Dickson, MD, President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care. “The extensive knowledge and insight he brings to this position is invaluable. As Chief of Staff to Representative McGovern he has championed health care reform and has been a tireless advocate for the medically underserved in our communities. This background and these ideals mesh perfectly with the mission and focus of UMass Memorial.”

"As my Chief of Staff and point person on economic development, Chris has been an extraordinary advocate on behalf of the people of Massachusetts," Representative McGovern said. "We will miss him. But I know that he will continue to use his many talents on behalf of UMass Memorial Health Care. I thank him for his service and wish him the very best in this new role."

"I have had the pleasure working with Chris throughout his career,” said Worcester City Manager Michael O’Brien. “Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience at all levels of government and is very familiar with all the changes underfoot in the health care industry. He is a very talented, dedicated professional and he will be a great complement to Dr. Dickson and the UMass Memorial Team."

"I am very excited for Chris, he will be a wonderful addition to the UMass Memorial Health Care System,” said Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty. “I have worked with Chris as both a City Councilor and Mayor and have found him to be very capable and he knows how to forge relationships for the betterment of Worcester.”

Mr. Philbin said: "As the predominant health care system and largest employer in Congressman McGovern's district, I have had the privilege of working closely with UMass Memorial Health Care for the past eleven years. I have long admired and respected the high quality of patient centered care that UMass Memorial provides and am very excited to join Dr. Dickson and his management team as the system continues to adapt to the many changes in healthcare delivery. This new position also brings me home to Central Massachusetts which is where my heart has always been."

Mr. Philbin earned his undergraduate degree in from Syracuse University and a law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston.

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