HCN News & Notes

Governor Appoints Dr. Matilde Castiel to Health Policy Commission Board

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Dr. Matilde “Mattie” Castiel to the Health Policy Commission (HPC) board. Castiel brings more than three decades of experience in medicine and community health to the board that oversees the HPC, an independent state agency that monitors healthcare spending growth and provides data-driven policy recommendations regarding healthcare delivery and payment-system reform.

A long-time physician at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Castiel currently serves as the commissioner of Health and Human Services for the city of Worcester and is a professor of Internal Medicine at UMass Chan Medical School. She will fill the board seat designated for a primary-care physician, previously held by Dr. John Christian Kryder.

“Dr. Castiel has a wide range of healthcare experience across clinical, local government, and academic settings and will be a valuable addition to the Health Policy Commission Board,” Baker said. “I look forward to her contributions to the important work of the HPC moving forward.”

The HPC’s goal is better health and better care — at a lower cost — for all residents across the Commonwealth. The 11-member board of commissioners works closely with HPC staff to monitor and improve the performance of the healthcare system.

“I am truly honored to be appointed to the Health Policy Commission and looking forward to working on policies that will continue to improve the lives of everyone in Massachusetts,” Castiel said.