ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Finalist: Sarah Cotter

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to the finalists who have been selected for the 2017 ATHENA® Awards. We will bring you profiles of each finalist in the weeks ahead, leading up to the awards ceremony luncheon on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

So come back often and you’ll learn what it means to be an Athena. And be sure to save the date – March 30 – to attend the awards luncheon.

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Sarah CotterSarah Cotter
Vice President, Clinical Transformation & Operations
Catholic Medical Partners

With a Masters in Public Health, Sarah’s career has been focused on helping to better the way care is delivered and improve outcomes for patients and consumers of health care. Her role at Catholic Medical Partners is to support physician practices in Western New York.  She has led a team that has supported over 50 primary care practices in achieving recognition as Patient Centered Medical Homes, a model of care that emphasizes coordination, communication and quality outcomes.

First Job Out of School

Sarah’s first job out of school was at CIPA WNY IPA (now known and Catholic Medical Partners).  She had a brief interlude in San Diego working at Scripps Clinic, but returned to Catholic Medical Partners.

Career Highlights

Sarah notes she has had many highlights throughout her career during which she established, designed and implemented programs and strategies to achieve higher quality outcomes, and improve operational efficiencies. She currently leads a team working to help physician offices and the Catholic Medical Partners organization achieve the Triple Aim of improved quality outcomes, improved patient satisfaction and reducing the cost trend in health care.

On Buffalo Niagara

“I love living in Buffalo for so many reasons, but I think most of all, it’s the people, and the ease of living here.  In Buffalo, you are surrounded by a sense of community, of people loving their city.  After living in cities like Boston and San Diego, I really appreciate the affordability of Buffalo, as well as the ability to drive to visit friends and family without having to plan around traffic.  You can get to most places in Buffalo in 20-30 minutes, and that’s unheard of in most other cities.”

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career

One of the most important pieces of advice that my mentor gave me is that when you take risks there are times that you will succeed, and there are times that you will fail, and both are equally important.  And, what is most important is that if you are going to fail, “fail fast,” learn from it, and keep marching forward better and stronger for it.

About Being an Athena Finalist

“I am incredibly honored to be named a finalist for this award.  When I think of Athena, I think of a strong, intelligent woman, but I also think of sisterhood and supporting each other as women in the workplace. A strong team is so much stronger than individuals alone, so I am humbled to be recognized my strengths in those areas.”