St. Joseph's Healthcare System COO Joins Metro Y Board of Directors

August 19, 2016

As a hospital executive, athlete and mother of young twins, Lisa Brady appreciates the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.

“I have a personal and professional interest in the Y,’’ with its emphasis on wellness and disease prevention, physical activity and youth development, said Brady, one of three new members of the Metro YMCA’s board of directors.

Brady, the chief operating officer and senior vice president of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, said hospitals have a broad scope of responsibility that includes prevention and wellness efforts, in addition to acute care. That reality is prompting them to increasingly partner with organizations, like the YMCA, that are committed to helping people live healthy, she said.

Brady grew up in the tiny city of East Dubuque, Illinois, where pretty much everyone was a Chicago Cubs fan, she said. Brady attended college and graduate school in Illinois, earning a master’s degree in Health Systems Management from Rush University and a bachelor’s degree in anatomical sciences from the University of Illinois.

Brady had gone to college to become a doctor but discovered “the business side suited me better than the clinical side,” she said.

When she’s not working or chasing after her 4 year-olds, Stephen and Anna, Brady is pursuing her quest to visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums in the U.S. So far, she’s been to 19. Brady lives in Nyack, New York, with her husband, Stephen, a New York City firefighter, the twins, and their 8-year-old Papillon, Wrigley.