John W. Polanowicz
Secretary of Health and Human Services John W. Polanowicz oversees 17 state agencies including the state’s Medicaid program, child welfare, public health, disabilities, veterans’ affairs and elder affairs. As Secretary, Polanowicz will also be responsible for building on Governor Patrick’s efforts to eliminate youth violence by deepening focus on prevention and intervention through the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative. Polanowicz will also focus on the Governor’s initiative to transform Massachusetts’s Children Youth and Families system to a family-centric model, allowing families in need to access the right services at the right time. Through the vast array of programs at HHS, Polanowicz will empower and support all children, families, veterans, elders and people with disabilities across the Commonwealth.
Prior to his appointment, Secretary Polanowicz served as president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton since 2011, overseeing the largest hospital in the Steward Health Care System. Polanowicz also served as president and chief executive officer at Marlborough Hospital for eight years. Polanowicz previously served as vice president of operations at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Polanowicz is a former company commander in the U.S. Army, where he served in a Blackhawk Assault Helicopter Company during overseas military operations.