Inspiring Women - Kate Thornton of Reading Health System

Katherine E. Thornton is a woman on a mission with a drive for everything she does. "I go by Kate!" she will tell you, but that's only if you can keep up with her. Mover, shaker and HSFT woman-on-the-go, her megawatt smile is only matched by exuberance and passion for her life and for her work. Originally from Kingston, PA, Kate moved to Berks County in 1992 for a job in the Reading Health System as the Director of Volunteer Services. She made her way back to the Reading Health System last fall after a 16 year absence when they named her the interim Executive Director of the RHS Foundation. In April of this year, she was named President of the RHS Foundation, a non-profit organization that oversees community contributions to further the mission of Reading Health System. "There's nothing better than working with community members and RHS employees who are passionate about the health of our community. Every day I meet people committed to making a difference in healthcare -their enthusiasm is palpable. My work for RHS Foundation affords me the opportunity to link the drive of our employees with their support from our dedicated community members."


What is your personal mantra or Mission Statement?

I have so much more to do in Life.  I cannot wait.

What inspires you?

Knowing that I am making a difference.   

What do you value most in life?

My family, friends and community.  Time with my husband. Travel.  New experiences. Education and Learning.

Do you use any daily disciplines or practices to energize you?

I work out almost every day.  I make it a priority.  I strive to stay organized.  I prioritize.  I follow through. 

How do you like to unwind?

I love to read. I could read for hours and enjoy reading fiction.

What is one piece of advice or words of inspiration you live by?

The experiences of life are opportunities for growth.  Stay positive.  Don’t be afraid to take risks.  The only way to grow is by stretching beyond your abilities.  Success comes from accepting and overcoming challenges. 

What helps you Have Some Fun Today - each and every day?

Loving what I do at home and at work.











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Loved reading this! I have known Kate for 17 + years and I admire, respect and truly like the person she is….:)#HSFTwoman #readinghealthsystem

Stephanie Taormina

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