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Sister Kathleen Marie Popko

Sister Kathleen Marie Popko, American health system administrator. Recipient Concilia Moran award for Contributions to Catholic Health Care, 1993, Honorary Doctorate, Elms College, 1993, fellowship National Institutes of Health, 1973-1975; named to Holyoke High School Hall of Fame for Distinguished Graduates, 1991.


  • Popko, Sister Kathleen Marie was born on October 28, 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Peter Anthony and Phyllis (Kisiel) Popko.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Marillac College, 1968. Masters in Social Welfare, Brandels University, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, Brandels University, 1975.


    • Research associate Levinson Policy Institute, Brandels University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1974-1975. Adjunct assistant professor Heller School, Brandels University, 1975-1979. Vice president planning Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1975-1981.

      Vice president Sisters of Providence, Holyoke, 1981-1985, president, 1985-1993. President, Chief Executive Officer, chair board directors Sisters of Providence Health Systems, Springfield, since 1993.


    • Author: Regulatory Controls: Implications for the Community Hospital, 1976. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Chairman board directors Consolidated Catholic Health Care, Chicago, 1985-1988, board directors, since 1994. Board directors McAuley Housing Institute, since 1994, Catholic Health Association, 1985-1988. Chair loan committee Greater Springfield Business Development Corporation, board directors, since 1993.

    Executive committee Leadership Conference Women Religious, 1987-1992, vice president, 1989-1990, president, 1990-1991. Trustee Holy Cross Health Systems, since 1992, St. Vincent Healthcare Systems, Inc., since 1985, University Massachusetts, 1978-1981, St. Vincent Healthcare Systems, University Massachusetts. President Area Health Education Center Pioneer Valley, 1978-1984.

    Long term care advisory committee United States Department Department of Health, 1976-1977. Member National Coalition of Catholic Health Care Ministry (board directors 1989-1993), Sisters of Providence Health Systems (chairman board since 1985), Women in Providence in Collaboration (steering committee 1982-1991, chairman governor board 1991-1993), Springfield C. of Chamber (board directors 1988-1993).


    • father: Peter Anthony Popko
    • mother: Phyllis (Kisiel) Popko
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    Born October 28, 1943
    (age 74)