LAWRENCE — Growing up, Matthew Caffrey remembers seeing his father volunteer in the community.
“Watching him get a lot of satisfaction from these projects, I wanted to do something like that myself,” he said of his father, Thomas Caffrey, a lawyer since 1963.
The younger Caffrey not only followed in his father’s footsteps in the courtroom, but also as serving on boards of non-profit organizations. One of them is Lawrence General Hospital which Caffrey joined in 2007 and was recently named chairman.
“It’s very humbling and an honor to have been chosen,” he said. “I have tremendous respect for the trustees I work with and to have them place their faith in me, I’ll take the opportunity to meet these expectations.”
Caffrey, 47 succeeds Richard Santagati, chairman since 2006 and a board member for 25-years.
“Dick had a wonderful term as chairman and ran the board in an efficient way. Dick’s legacy is a very strong one and I’m filling big shoes. I hope I can live to some of the expectations,” Caffrey said.
Santagati, former president of Merrimack College was named chair emeritus of the hospital’s board.
“It has been extremely gratifying to be part of the extraordinary growth in quality and services achieved by this talented and committed board, management and staff,” Santagati said in a statement.
“I look forward to collaborating on and supporting future initiative for the benefits of the patients,” said Santagati in the statement.
Lawrence General Hospital has 19 board members, including president and chief executive officer, Dianne Anderson. Members represent a very diverse group of people including doctors, self-employed entrepreneurs, small business owners, politicians and financial experts.
“We’re very excited to have Matt as our chairman, and look forward to working with him and our other new members,” Anderson said in a statement. “Our board leadership is terrific, and we’re privileged to have a team that shares our commitment to our patients and our mission of providing clinical quality and service excellence.”