This year's L'Chaim honors Emmett and Catherine McLean.


Emmett McLean is the Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Secretary of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. , a publicly traded healthcare real estate investment trust (NYSE: MPW). Prior to joining Medical Properties Trust, Emmett worked in the healthcare services industry in senior financial positions. He also spent time as a consultant and private investor. Emmett earned a B.A. in economics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. 

Emmett is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, Smile-A-Mile, Greater Alabama Council-Boy Scouts of America, UAB Athletics Foundation, United Way of Central Alabama, The World Games 2022, The Mike Slive Foundation, and the Rotary Club of Birmingham Foundation. Emmett is also a member of Independent Presbyterian Church and Shoal Creek Golf Club where he is also a Board member. He has chaired numerous charitable fundraising events in the greater Birmingham metro area. 

Catherine McLean earned her B.A. from Duke University, and her M.M.Sc. from Emory University. She taught children with learning disabilities in Atlanta and Charlottesville, VA. and taught preschool at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for twelve years. She served on the Highlands School Board, Indian Springs School Board, and St. Stephen's Preschool Board, as well as serving as president of Indian Springs and Highlands School Parent Associations. Catherine currently serves on the Hand In Paw Board and chairs the Special Equestrians board, as well as serving as a volunteer for Special Equestrians. 

Emmett and Catherine have three grown children, Laura (Shawn-spouse), Carter (Jessica-spouse) and two grandchildren, Collins and Woodrow. 




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