CEO Alex Walker Eager to Lead CMC into the Next Chapter of Catholic Health Care
Greetings, friends and faithful readers of Parable. This is my first column as Catholic Medical Center’s CEO, so I want to start by introducing myself and offering a few words about who I am and what matters most to me as a leader.
Succeeding a talented CEO like Dr. Joseph Pepe, especially on the heels of the Covid pandemic, is a challenging and humbling task. As a young man, one of my life’s transformative experiences was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps so, as you might imagine, I am always ready for a big challenge.
I learned many leadership traits in the Marines and live my life by its venerable motto, “Semper Fidelis” — Always Faithful. It is a fitting title for this column because these words describe the defining values of my life: service and commitment to country, family, my Catholic faith and community. Always Faithful also captures my commitment to the job ahead of building on CMC’s extraordinary place in delivering world-class clinical care and compassionate excellence.
Like Dr. Pepe, I consider myself a steward of this great institution and believe that a leader should strive to leave an organization in a better place than they found it. Dr. Pepe can retire knowing that he did just that. CMC’s Catholic identity and mission — to carry out Christ’s healing ministry by providing health, healing and hope to every individual who seeks our care — have never been stronger. Having learned from Dr. Pepe’s example and dedication, I’m ready to help lead CMC into the next exciting chapter of our journey.
Currently, we are finding our footing after the disruption of Covid-19. Before the pandemic, we were beginning some exciting projects to help us perform at our best – in our behind-the-scenes operations and in the delivery of patient care. We have resumed that work with renewed vigor, focusing on ways to be an even more cost-effective and patient-focused health system.
Moving forward, our relationships will be more important than ever. CMC has always worked closely with community organizations and our partners at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. Greater collaboration with our trusted and tested partners makes us more nimble and responsive to the ever changing needs of the people we serve, while staying true to our Catholic identity.
These are exciting times for CMC and for Catholic health care in New Hampshire. Thank you for the kind words of encouragement that many of you have already sent. I look forward to the friendship and support we can provide each other in carrying out Christ’s mission.
Alex Walker is president and CEO of CMC Healthcare System: Catholic Medical Center, New England Heart & Vascular Institute, and several subsidiaries. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Manchester.