The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital announced last week the appointment of Katrina Delgadillo as the new director of communications, according to an email announcement from Denise Schepici, the hospital president and CEO. Delgadillo’s new role, which was created by Schepici, comes at a time when the hospital hopes to fix its relationship with the community after a year of turmoil prompted by the firing of the previous CEO, Joe Woodin.
“My goal is to be supportive of Denise’s view of more transparency,” Delgadillo said. “We want to do what is best for the community.”
Over 25 applicants from around the country applied for the position, but Delgadillo was chosen for her “commitment to the Island … her strong background in management and media … energy and poise,” according to Schepici.
Delgadillo’s credentials include a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University and credits toward her master’s in comparative politics and international relations from Boston College. She has worked with the Fulbright commission in Ecuador teaching English, as a partner for Vineyard Music and Events, and as a special projects manager for Wallace & Co., Sotheby’s International Realty.
For the past year, Delgadillo has worked as the development and marketing specialist in the hospital’s development office, and as the interim communications director.
While it has only been her second day on the job as official director of communications, Delgadillo has been busy attending meetings with different hospital departments about improving lines of communication. One of her main projects will be to update the Pulse, an internal newsletter for the hospital staff that has been out of commission for several months.
Delgadillo said she was excited about her new position, and plans to improve communication for the public: “I hope they see it as our effort to be more inclusive. I hope they feel comfortable reaching out and giving us the opportunity to make improvements. We want to strengthen our internal and external communications, to make a positive impact for everybody.”