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THE DIVERSITY, RESPECT AND INCLUSION COUNCIL OF RIDDLE HOSPITAL AND MIRMONT TREATMENT CENTER PRESENTS
WomenWith Outstanding Contributions to Healthcare
Eileen Phillips, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Ms. Phillips is the Director of Acute Care Nursing
Services at Riddle Hospital. She currently oversees
Med Surg, Critical Care, Birthplace and Emergency
Services. She has held leadership positions as
Supervisor, Nurse Manager and Assistant CNO
in Philadelphia area hospitals. She is Co-Chair of
the System Nursing Research Council. Ms. Phillips
is a member of American Organization of Nurse
Executives, American College of Healthcare
Executives, Sigma Theta Tau and is Board Certified
as a Nurse Executive. Her MSN is from Villanova
University, BSN from Penn State University and will
receive her DNP from Thomas Jefferson University in
Christine M. Torres
Chris is Vice President of Supply Chain Management
for the Main Line Health System. In this role she
facilitates all contracting and logistics associated with
the supply chain needs of the healthcare institutions.
Chris draws from her 35 years of knowledge and
experience to navigate the challenges she is faced
with on a daily basis in all that she does.
As a member of the Leadership Faculty, she provides
training to the Management Team of the organization
and is also a resource to many of the safety teams and
safety initiatives for the Health System. She provides
guidance and support to them by focusing on providing
a safer environment for our patients and employees.
Chris has provided strategic direction to the Main
Line Health organization by coordinating a corporate
approach to managing efforts related to value analysis
and technology assessment processes that are employed
for bringing new medical devices into the hospitals.
Antonia C. Novello
Antonia C. Novello was the first woman and the first
Hispanic U.S. Surgeon General. A painful colon condition
led her to pursue a medical degree and a career in
medicine. Between 1970 and 1990, she worked in
hospitals, operated a private practice, and worked at
the National Institute of Health. From 1990 to 1993, she
served as Surgeon General. Novello focused on issues
relating to health of children, women and minorities,
as well as the dangers of smoking, underage drinking
and AIDS. Since 1993, she has worked for UNICEF, John
Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and in
1999 became Commissioner of Health for New York.
Henrietta Lacks was a native of rural southern Virginia.
She was diagnosed with cervical cancer which quickly
consumed her whole body. After her death, her cells
were taken and used for medical research without her
consent. Her cells were used to create the first known
human immortal cell line for medical research which is
known as the HeLa cell line. In the early 50’s the cells
were used to help develop a polio vaccine and now
today, the cells are used for cancer and aids research
and theories about the cause and treatment of
diseases. Henrietta unknowingly changed the medical
and science world forever.
In 1929, Dorothy Eustis founded The Seeing Eye and
revolutionized life for the visually impaired. After
moving to Switzerland, Eustis wrote “The Seeing Eye,”
an article about a German school that trained dogs
to help blind veterans. As a result, Eustis returned
to the United States in 1929 to establish The Seeing
Eye, a school to train dogs in Nashville. The school
permanently moved to New Jersey in 1932.
Michelle McIver, BS
Michelle is the Clinical Support Services Manager at
Mirmont Treatment Center. She currently oversees the
Clinical Aid, EVS & Transportation Depts. She started
at Mirmont in 2007 as a Clinical Aid, then worked her
way up to a Clinical Aid Supervisor and was recently
promoted to her current role.
Her BS is in Human Services and she is currently
attending West Chester University pursing her Masters
in Social Work degree.
Also, she is one of the current chair persons for the Riddle/
Mirmont Diversity, Respect and Inclusion Committee and,
has recently been selected as a DRI Facilitator.
Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Ford was the First Lady of the
United States from 1974-1977 during the presidency of
her husband Gerald Ford. Ford was noted for raising
breast cancer awareness following her 1974 mastectomy.
She also raised awareness of addiction when she
announced her long-running battle with alcoholism in the
1970s. Following her White House years, she founded,
and served as the first chair of the board of directors, of
the Betty Ford center of substance abuse and addiction.
Esther Hobart Mcquigg Slack
Esther Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris promoted the idea
of granting women the vote in Wyoming territory in 1869.
Morris was known as the “Mother of woman Suffrage”
for her pioneering role in woman suffrage. Her advocacy
contributed to her appointment as the first female justice
of the Peace on 1870. In 1890 the Wyoming statehood
committee honored her for pioneering the cause in
woman suffrage at their celebration of statehood. In 1960
both Cheyenne State House and Statutory Hall in the
national Capitol erected statues of her, honoring her role
in the suffrage movement.
Chinwe R. Onyekere, MPH
In her current role as Associate Administrator at Lankenau
Medical Center and System Administrator for Graduate
Medical Education for Main Line Health, Ms. Onyekere
is responsible for implementing innovative models for
primary care medicine at Lankenau Medical Associates
and Lankenau Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center,
overseeing the financial graduate medical enterprise,
as well as building relationships with community-based
organizations in the Philadelphia area. Ms. Onyekere
received her Master of Public Health at Columbia
University’s Mailman School of Public Health, a Certificate
in Business Essentials from Wharton School of Business at
University of Pennsylvania, and her undergraduate degree
from Wellesley College. Ms. Onyekere was awarded the
2015 Forum Award for Emerging Women Leaders by The
Forum of Executive Women.
In 1916, Dr. Ethel Andrus became the first woman to
serve as a high school principal in California. After
retiring from education, she founded the National
Retired Teachers Association in 1947. She expanded
her organization after hearing from other retirees who
were not teachers, but interested in her programs. In
1958, Andrus founded the American Association of
Retired Persons (AARP). AARP turned into a 33 million-
member national organization that has made significant
differences in the lives of older Americans.
Join these four Main Line Health women for a panel
discussion on Wednesday, August 12 from 12 noon - 1 pm
at Mirmont Treatment Center in McCutcheon Hall as we
explore the challenges women face rising through the