Letter from the President


At HLNY, we continue to operate under the belief that education, mentorship, and advancement can change lives. This is why we are constantly striving to provide you with valuable learning and networking opportunities, even in a pandemic. We are all adapting and responding in our own way, and HLNY wants to continue to play a role in helping you emerge stronger.

With such an eventful year soon past us, I want to take a moment to reflect on what this year has brought:

Giving Back
HLNY committed donating to the global COVID-19 response to help treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts of the pandemic. As of today we have donated over $2k.

We also committed to donating $1,700 to the ACHE Leadership Fund in lieu of giving speaker gifts this year and even partnered with Headspace, a leading player in offering mindfulness through technology, providing a complimentary membership to all members valued at over $22k.

In addition, our student focus this year remained a priority. With the help of our esteemed Award of Distinction recipient, Lenny Achan, we established a fund of over $30k to act as an evergreen student scholarship with a dedicated mentorship program to help develop the next generation of healthcare leaders.

Education & Membership
First, I want to acknowledge that networking can be challenging in a virtual environment. Though the rate of infections continues to rise, a vaccine is in sight and we hope to soon bring back offering in-person events. In the interim, I want to thank our extraordinary board for their dedication to enriching our member’s lives virtually. We are all so grateful to you. What we have learned together has helped us all develop the best practices that are helping enormously in our response. This included moving to a digital platform, increased engagement on our virtual channels, a new educational podcast, and our first ever virtual face-to-face event. As of today, we completed 13 events (10 virtual, 3 in-person) translating to over 20 hours of education with an average of 250 registrants.

This year HLNY has also seen 272 new members join us and we remain the largest ACHE chapter in the country with close to 1800 members. Celebrations are also in order for those who are now a FACHE. Completing this process is a monumental achievement. We congratulate 5 new Fellows and 25 re-certified Fellows.

Looking Ahead
There is no mistaking the challenges of this year. The entire HLNY Board is indebted to the heroic healthcare professionals who have given every ounce of their spirit to help New York meet this moment. We know with certainty that this will be behind us one day and can affirm that HLNY is moving into 2021 healthier and stronger than it has ever been. I also want to share there are some exciting things planned for you next year from our President-Elect, Sam Lin. Sam is someone who has always inspired me with his humanity and determination in which I have been fortunate enough to personally observe over the years.

To my colleagues and fellow members: it has been a true honor to serve you. However, this service will not end here; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a colleague, a mentor and firm supporter whenever called upon. But for now, whether you are a student or senior careerist, I do have one final ask of you: continue to be resilient and continue a path of learning and of weaving in all the moments that bring you joy in life… as your story has not yet been fully written.

Be well, stay strong, and be safe.


Nicholas Bilas
President, Healthcare Leaders of New York


Each year, HLNY hosts a celebratory meeting to mark the transition from President (Nicholas Bilas pictured here on the left) and incoming President-Elect (Sam Lin on right). This transition is signified by a year-after-year tradition of “passing the gavel”, a small ceremonial mallet along with handwritten words of wisdom enclosed inside and passed on only to the incoming President.