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Mercy President Named to Massachusetts Health & Hospital Assoc. Board of Trustees

SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Assoc. (MHA), the state’s leading voice for hospitals and health systems, announced the appointment of Deborah Bitsoli, president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates, to its board of trustees.

“We are thrilled to welcome Deborah as a member of our board of trustees at this critical turning point for the commonwealth’s healthcare community,” MHA President and CEO Steve Walsh said. “Her guidance and expertise will be crucial as our providers continue to battle COVID-19 while pushing the boundaries of what it means to deliver world-class care.”

Through advocacy, education, and collaboration, MHA’s mission is to improve the overall health of the Commonwealth and support providers’ efforts to offer high-quality, affordable, and accessible care. MHA has used its platform to serve as a nexus of coordination for the healthcare system throughout the COVID-19 crisis, bringing leaders together and forging solutions to the challenges presented by the pandemic.

“I am deeply honored by this appointment to the MHA board of trustees,” Bitsoli said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with colleagues to further efforts around the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care that is accessible to all members of the community.”

Bitsoli has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has spent the last 19 years in leadership roles. Before taking the helm at Mercy Medical Center, Bitsoli served as president of Morton Hospital in Taunton and as chief operating officer and executive vice president at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester.

Bitsoli holds an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley and a bachelor’s degree in accountancy with a management minor from Bentley University in Waltham. She is a certified public accountant in Massachusetts.