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Updated: May 2, 2022 / The Power 50 for 2022

2022 Power 50: Carolyn Jackson

Photo | Courtesy of Saint Vincent Hospital Carolyn Jackson, CEO of Saint Vincent Hospital, in Worcester
Carolyn Jackson Title CEO Company Saint Vincent Hospital, in Worcester  Residence Hopkinton Colleges University of Delaware, Harvard University Read all the 2020 Power 50 profiles here
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Over the course of 2021, the Saint Vincent Hospital nurses strike picked up 300 days of traction, garnering national coverage as the longest nurses strike in Massachusetts history. The face of opposition to the strike, often called out by name in pro-union sloganeering, was Carolyn Jackson.

Jackson successfully negotiated a hard-won contract with the powerful Massachusetts Nurses Association union on issues regarding staffing ratios and hiring back striking nurses. All the while, Central Massachusetts was facing a tremendous shortage of healthcare workers and beds, as COVID-19 cases surged during Delta and Omicron variants at varying points throughout the year.

Now, Jackson has set to work establishing a healthy work culture among union nurses who have returned from the strike, those who crossed the picket line, and non-union nurses, some of whom were replacements for the striking nurses. Saint Vincent, whose parent company Tenet Healthcare is based in Texas, is the second-largest hospital in Central Massachusetts in terms of employees, with 840 registered nurses and 625 physicians.

What sets the Central Mass. business community apart from the rest of the world? Central Massachusetts is home to a dynamic and innovative business community where people work collaboratively together for the greater good. It’s been a pleasure getting to know leaders from a range of industries, and the combination of such diverse and prominent voices is one of the area’s greatest strengths.

On guard: I was a lifeguard and pool manager in my hometown during the summers after my freshman and sophomore years in college.

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