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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY, JULY 22, 2021Summit Health today announced the addition of two new members to its management company board of directors.  Kate Walsh, president and CEO of the Boston Medical Center (BMC) health system, and Todd Walthall, executive vice president and COO of Blue Shield of California, are newly appointed to the board of directors of the management company that guides Summit Health, the physician-led, patient-centric network formed by the 2019 merger between Summit Medical Group, a premier multispecialty physician group, and CityMD, a leader in urgent care. The combined organization, which has more than 2,000 providers, over 8,000 employees, and over 200 locations in New Jersey, New York, and Central Oregon, offers a full spectrum of high-quality primary, specialty, and urgent care.

“Kate Walsh and Todd Walthall each bring tremendous depth of experience, and richness of perspectives to the direction, strategy, and the next chapter of Summit Health,” said Jeffrey Le Benger, MD, CEO, Summit Health. “Steeped in many aspects of health care and public health, Kate offers a wealth of knowledge and insights to our board. And, Todd has a notable track record of success in an age of health care transformation. He is an inspiring and multitalented professional who has had a positive impact in industries, including retail and financial services. It is my honor to welcome Kate and Todd to our board of directors.”

“Summit Health’s growth trajectory and mission to provide a uniquely connected kind of health care are very impressive, and I look forward to serving on this exceptional board,” said Ms. Walsh.

“At a time of fragmented care, Summit Health is committed to simplifying health care and delivering the very best care to the patients and communities it serves. That’s something I’m excited to help shape,” added Mr. Walthall. 

About Kate WalshKate Walsh

Prior to her appointment at Boston Medical Center, Ms. Walsh served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She served previously as the chief operating officer for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research and at Massachusetts General Hospital in positions, including senior vice president of medical services and the MGH Cancer Center. Prior to that, she held positions in several New York City hospitals, including Montefiore, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Saint Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Ms. Walsh received her Bachelor of Arts degree and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University. She has served as a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and currently serves on the boards of Boston Public Health Commission, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, Pine Street Inn, and Yale University.

About Todd WalthallTodd Walthall

As the chief operating officer at Blue Shield of California, Mr. Walthall is accountable for management and performance of the company’s membership, customer support, and technology infrastructure, and for creating a compelling value proposition across key lines of business. Prior to Blue Shield of California, he was vice president and general manager of Digital Service Integration at American Express. Before that, he served as senior vice president, head of deposits and payments, and senior vice president of Channel Management at USAA. Mr. Walthall received a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College. He is an active member of several boards, including California Association of Health Plans and Coaching Corps, which uses sport to inspire kids in the community to reach their full potential. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council.


About Summit Health

Summit Health is a physician-led, patient-centric network committed to simplifying the complexities of health care and bringing a more connected kind of care. Formed by the 2019 merger between Summit Medical Group, one of the nation's premier independent physician-governed multispecialty medical groups, and CityMD, the leading urgent care provider in the New York metro area, Summit Health delivers a more intuitive, comprehensive, and responsive care experience for every stage of life and health condition through high-quality primary, specialty, and urgent care.

Summit Health has more than 2,000 providers, 8,000 employees and over 200 locations in New Jersey, New York, and Central Oregon. For more information, please visit