ROCKLAND, MILTON, NEEDHAM, MA, ISSUED JANUARY 10, 2018…The South Shore Chamber of Commerce today announced that Richard W. Fernandez, President & CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, has been elected to a three-year term on its Board of Directors.

In this capacity, Fernandez will work with South Shore Chamber President and CEO Peter Forman, Board of Directors Chairman James Dunphy and fellow board members to help oversee the general strategy and direction for the Chamber.

Fernandez joined Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton as President & CEO in January of 2017; previously he was the Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Services with Brigham & Women’s Health Care in Boston.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, Fernandez earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Temple University.

Fernandez is a sought-after speaker on the healthcare industry, most recently giving presentations at the Athena Health National User Conference in Boston and as a member of the Advisory Board at the Crimson Practice Management National Member Summit in Chicago.  He is a present member of the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives- Massachusetts.

A resident of Needham, Fernandez is a long-time participant in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Pan Mass Challenge, having raised more than $100,000.   He also serves on the Board of Directors of the MassHire South Shore Career Center.

Peter Forman, President and CEO of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, said, “Health care continues to grow as one of the dominant industries on the South Shore.  Beyond providing strong care for our residents there is a link between health care on the South Shore and our economic future.  We are pleased to have a thought leader like Rich Fernandez agree to serve on our Board and help make the connection between strong health care and strong communities.”

About the South Shore Chamber of Commerce

The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has long been recognized throughout the state as one of the most active and forceful advocates for the business community and numbers among the larger Chambers of Commerce nationally. The South Shore Chamber is a not-for-profit association of businesses in the communities south of Boston. It is committed to helping its members grow their businesses and to improve the business climate in the region. Members range in size from major international corporations headquartered on the South Shore to small local firms and sole proprietorships. For additional information on the Chamber, please visit www.southshorechamber.org or call 781-421-3900.