Matt Herndon to Be New CEO of The Schwartz Center

Matt Herndon
September 15, 2018 — The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a Boston nonprofit that seeks to strengthen the patient-caregiver relationship, this week announced it has named Matt Herndon to serve as its new chief executive officer.

Herndon, who will start his new job at the end of September, succeeds Julie Rosen who was CEO of The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare for 13 years until she retired in March 2017. Elizabeth Hickman has been serving as executive director in the interim.

“Matt’s deep knowledge of healthcare and his extensive leadership experience in organizational oversight, operations, and program and product development, position him perfectly to take on this role,” said Ruth Kilduff, board chair of the Schwartz Center. “Most importantly, though, it is his commitment to our mission that makes him such a great fit.

"Matt absolutely embraces our quest to make compassionate healthcare the national norm. He epitomizes our mission and we are thrilled to have him.”

An attorney with deep roots in the healthcare industry, Herndon brings more than two decades of strategic organizational growth and leadership to his new role.

Most recently at Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, where he was chief legal officer and vice president of government affairs, Herndon was responsible for the organization’s legal and compliance, government and public affairs, public partnerships, and human resources departments. During his tenure, he oversaw the launch of several new product lines focusing on subsidized populations and seniors as well as workforce engagement initiatives.

Prior to that, Herndon held leadership positions at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and in the Office of Massachusetts Senate Counsel.

In his new role, Herndon will focus on strengthening and extending Schwartz Center programs while working to develop a new strategic framework that aims to advance the organization’s reach in supporting healthcare providers in their efforts around compassionate care.

“I’m deeply honored to have been selected to lead the Schwartz Center,” said Herndon. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to advance its mission and extend Ken Schwartz’s legacy through the work he had in mind when he founded the Schwartz Center with his wife, Ellen. Compassionate care needs to be established as a core operating principle in today’s healthcare delivery system. That’s our challenge and I’m incredibly excited to get started.”

Herndon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Established in 1995, the Schwartz Center was founded on the belief that greater compassion and more meaningful collaboration are fundamental to the kind of care clinicians want to deliver and patients want to receive. Today, its 550 members in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand support 265,000 healthcare professionals each year.