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Board Chair Jeanette Ives Erickson Named to Power 50 List

October 09, 2020
Photo of Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN

Jeanette Ives Erickson, the chair of the MGH Institute’s Board of Trustees, has been named to the Boston Business Journal’s Power 50 list for 2020.

Dr. Ives Erickson, who is a 2011 graduate of the IHP’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, was listed among influential leaders “who have met the extraordinary challenges of this year head on,” wrote the paper. “They include biotech professionals racing to create a vaccine that can safely protect billions from the COVID-19 virus and health care professionals helping to treat the sick, bankers hastening to connect small businesses with federal aid and community and higher education leaders leading the charge on a reenergized movement toward equality. They comprise the "Extraordinary Year, Extraordinary People: Boston Business Journal's Power 50." 

“In this extraordinary year, I had the unique opportunity to work with dedicated people at Boston Hope,” said Dr. Ives Erickson, who served as co-medical and operations director of the field hospital this past spring. “During this pandemic, it was truly an amazing endeavor to work with people who had a common mission to serve the people of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. For me, it was a job of a lifetime."

The 1,000-bed hospital was set up at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center.  Half of the beds were for post-acute patients, while the other half were for unsheltered homeless individuals with COVID-19 who did not require hospitalization. She oversaw hundreds of health professionals who provided care, including students and faculty from the School of Nursing and School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

“As a member of the IHP family, I was blessed to work with faculty and students who gave tirelessly to our patients while working under extraordinary pressure,” said Ives Erickson, who is chief nurse emerita at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Their ability to advance the mission of Boston Hope was driven by their unity of purpose. Individuals came to Boston Hope with a shared commitment to serve patients and provide a safe environment of care.

“While I am honored to be named one of BBJs Power 50, this recognition belongs to the leaders who created the vision: Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, MGB leaders, and Boston HealthCare for the Homeless, as well as the 1,000-person workforce and my co-leaders, Brigadier General Jack Hammond, Michael Allard, and Dr. Giles Boland.”

Dr. Peter Slavin, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, also is among the 50 individuals named to the Power 50.