Katherine Bechtold, MHA, BSN, RN

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  • 2013 Fellow
    Katherine Bechtold

VP Patient Care Services and CNO

Cooley Dickinson Health Care

Northampton, MA

Kate Bechtold is Vice President. Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer with Cooley Dickionson Hospital, an affiliation of Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to joining Cooley Dickinson Hospital in November of 2014, Kate served as Senior Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive with MultiCare Health System. She is committed to ensuring patient safety and quality care through transformational leadership, shared governance, and empowerment of nurses across the entire Cooley Dickinson Hospital system including tertiary to ambulatory primary services, including home health and hospice.  At MultiCare Kate was the executive sponsor and primary lead for the development and implementation of Circles of Care, a program to transform the MultiCare healthcare delivery model to focus on keeping our population healthy and reduce the need for unnecessary hospitalization. This will require transformation of reimbursement models along with education of patients and their families. Kate was excited by the challenges of this assignment and the opportunity to bring joy back to health care professionals who want to work to care for the wellness of their communities.  

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, a Massachusetts General Hospital affiliate, is an acute care community hospital that offers medical/surgical, orthopedic, obstetric/gynecologic, psychiatric, geriatric, palliative, emergency, ambulatory, diagnostic, and rehabilitation services; along with Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, which provides home health and hospice nursing and rehabilitation visits; and Cooley Dickinson Medical Group, comprised of primary and specialty care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and other providers. Cooley Dickinson Health Care serves Hampshire and Southern Franklin County residents in the Five-College region of the Pioneer Valley.Cooley Dickinson's vision is to make the mid-Pioneer Valley a model healthy community. 

Kate is very concerned about the homeless and underserved in Pierce County and is often found volunteering in many activities that serve this population. She has also been a long time supporter of Project Cure that provides medical supplies to countries that are in need.  Kate received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Denver.