July 23, 2018
Central Mass. in brief

Three healthcare leaders to leave their positions


Three women, all high-profile healthcare leaders in Central Massachusetts, will step down from their positions over the next several months, their respective organizations announced in July.

Joyce Murphy

Murphy, executive vice chancellor for Commonwealth Medicine at UMass Medical School in Worcester, will step down from her role in August and be succeeded by the former CEO of Clinton Hospital.

Murphy joined the medical school in 2006 and spent the last seven years in her current position alongside Chancellor Michael Collins.

Murphy is the fourth highest-paid state employee in Massachusetts, earning a total $616,174 in 2017. Only Collins, medical school Provost Terence Flotte Dean and Mark Steven Joel Kempner, the executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics, earned more, according to WBJ research.

Prior to joining the medical school, Murphy was a nine-year president of Carney Hospital, a community teaching hospital in Dorchester. She received the Massachusetts Hospital Association's William L. Lane Hospital Advocate Award in 2005. Murphy was named as a WBJ Outstanding Woman in Business in 2015.

She'll be replaced in October by Lisa Colombo, the senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center and former CEO of Clinton Hospital.

Francis Anthes

Anthes, the president and CEO of Family Health Center of Worcester, will retire at the end of the year.

She joined the nonprofit health center in 1991 as deputy director and became CEO in 1997, and has held that position since. Under Anthes, the organization grew from 6,500 patients and a $2.3-million budget to 36,000 patients and a $40-million budget.


Now, the organization operates 16 locations in Worcester County, with a concentration in South Worcester County. Anthes received WBJ's Outstanding Woman in Business honor in 2009, and in 2017, she was inducted into the WBJ Hall of Fame.

In a statement, Anthes said she'll be working with the board of directors in the search for a replacement and a smooth transition in leadership. The organization has hired an Illinois executive search firm to find her replacement.

"My love for and commitment to Family Health's work of providing comprehensive health care to patients, regardless of their ability to pay, has inspired me and given me the opportunity to work together with a wonderful team to create access to health care for individuals and families throughout Greater Worcester," she said.

Antonia McGuire

McGuire, the CEO of the Edward M. Community Health Center, will retire in July 2019.


Her tenure since 2008 has included a 42-percent increase in the number of patients the community health center sees, now at 27,000 a year.

Kennedy now has three medical sites, three dental sites and two optometry sites, as well as six school-based health centers. The health center has also changed its name from Great Brook Valley under McGuire's leadership.

"In my years at Kennedy CHC, I have worked with some amazing and dedicated people," she said. "This health center will always be part of my personal journey."

In 2016, she won WBJ's Outstanding Woman in Business award.

A replacement has not yet been named and the organization will undergo a search over the next year.


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