Who We Are

HLNY represents professionals who manage the business affairs of healthcare organizations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. No other professional association is more essential for meeting the career needs and interests of healthcare executives in New York State.

Our History

HLNY is the local, New York Metropolitan, chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives. We support high ethical standards and conduct, and promote the mission of ACHE. Through HLNY, ACHE members have access to local professional development and networking events, mentoring, and career services which include a jobs data bank and resume support.

Our mission is to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence through professional enrichment and continuing education of our members.

  1. 1969

    Metropolitan Healthcare Administrators Association (MHAA) established.

  2. 1992

    Women's Health Network (WHN) & Hudson Valley Healthcare Executives Association (HVHEA) established.

  3. 2002

    MHAA, WHN, and HVHEA merge to form Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY).

  4. Currently

    HLNY continues to be the premier network for Healthcare Professionals.


  • Nicholas Bilas, MBA


    Nicholas Bilas is an accomplished healthcare professional with experience in setting effective strategy to build programs and services in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. He has built a reputation of fostering change and streamlining operations in response to healthcare quality and patient centered care.

    Currently, Mr. Bilas oversees International Strategy and Business for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world's premier cancer centers, where he plans and directs a wide range of operational, financial, and administrative functions and is responsible for it's global expansion and strategic connections.

    In 2018, he was awarded an ACHE Service award and in 2015 was a recipient of the ACHE Regents Award. Nicholas has held many positions within the organization, most notably, as Vice President, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, where he implemented much needed policy as well as industry-leading technology to improve the current accounting system to ensure the organization remains financially sound. Previous to this, he served as Marketing Chair for HLNY and among many notable contributions to the organization, revamped its digital brand identity which led to the redesign of the current HLNY website and marketing materials. He has also held various committee positions in support of HLNY programming events and activities and has been an active member since 2009.

  • Sam Lin, PT, MHA, PMP, CPHQ


    Sam Lin is Senior Health Network Value Executive at Cerner Corporation. He is responsible for cultivating, enriching and growing a holistic strategic and consultative relationship with client organizations. In his role, he provides advice and expertise to support clients in defining and creating value, solving complex business challenges, optimizing growth and improving business performance while simultaneously driving meaningful and sustainable change for their organization.

    Prior to Cerner, he was a practicing physical therapist and most recently, he served as Assistant Vice President for the Suffolk Care Collaborative, in the Office of Population Health at Stony Brook Medicine. He led enterprise-wide activities related to strategic planning and business development. Sam holds a Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). He teaches population health management to graduate students at Hofstra University and is a member of the healthcare information technology advisory board for the Suffolk County Community College. He looks forward to collaborating with HLNY colleagues and discovering innovative solutions to the challenges in healthcare administration.

  • Allison Roditi, MPH, MPhil, FACHE

    Immediate Past President

    Allison is currently the Immediate Past President for HLNY and is currently the Chief Administrator for the Sports Medicine Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Prior to this, she was the Senior Director for Sports Medicine at HSS and prior was the Service Line Administrator for South Nassau Hospital's Surgery & OB/GYN overseeing the strategy, finances and operations for two of the largest service lines at South Nassau, as well as the hospital’s ambulatory surgical practice in Valley Stream. Prior to her position at South Nassau, she held Director level positions in the specialties of Neurosciences, Surgery and Perioperative Services, all at the North Shore LIJ Health System. She was also an adjunct professor of statistics at New York University. Allison has served as Board Member at Large, Long Island, Vice President, and President for HLNY and has been a member of HLNY and ACHE since 2006. She is a FACHE and is board certified in healthcare management. She has expertise in strategic planning, operations, program growth and development, capital acquisition, personnel recruitment, finance and budgeting.

  • Andy Wuertele, FACHE

    Vice President

    Andy Wuertele is the Chief Administrative Officer at East River Medical Imaging, PC, where he provides executive leadership across functions ranging from operations and compliance to marketing and finance. He joined East River Imaging in 2005 as COO. Previously, he worked for GE Healthcare in a progression of technology and marketing roles, building relationships with leaders at hospital systems and physician groups across NYC and Long Island. Andy earned undergraduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and a MS in Health Management and Policy from The New School.
    Mr. Wuertele has served as Treasurer for several not-for-profit organizations and political campaigns. He was Board Chair and Treasurer for The Icla da Silva Foundation, the largest recruitment organization for bone marrow donors in the national Be the Match registry, with an annual budget exceeding $2 million.
    Andy’s priorities include ensuring HLNY’s financial resources are well allocated, financial activities are appropriately documented and transparent to members, and the leaders and volunteers have the support and information they need to take HLNY programming to even greater heights. As a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he endeavors to lead with integrity and proficiency reflecting the ACHE Code of Ethics.

  • Alyeah E. Ramjit, MS, MHA


    Ms. Ramjit currently serves as the Associate Director and Chief of Staff to the Chief Transformation Officer at Mount Sinai Health System and President of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. In her role, she supports the Health System’s Patient Experience, Learning and Process Improvement initiatives as well as supporting various hospital-based transformation initiatives. Ms. Ramjit’s career in healthcare spans over 10 years and her areas of expertise include population health management, hospital and long-term care operations, Medicare Advantage operations and pre-hospital care operations.

    Ms. Ramjit is a dual degree holder from New York Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/ Biology and a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She also obtained her Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Health Professions and Human Services. In addition, she holds Certificates in Executive Healthcare Leadership and Healthcare Change Leadership from Cornell University. Ms. Ramjit is the Founder of the Hofstra University MHA Alumni Association and currently serves as Past President. She serves on faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Member of the Advisory Board for the SUNY Stony Brook Master of Health Administration Program. She currently holds the role of Secretary with the Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY), the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

    Ms. Ramjit was featured in Northwell Health’s February 2017 “Made for this” series and she is also the recipient of the ACHE 2018 Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award.

  • Chris Favaloro


    Chris Favaloro is currently a Senior Financial Analyst at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) for the Department of Clinical Research Administration and Technology Development overseeing the departmental budget and cost recovery initiatives. He began his career at MSK in 2014 in the department of Ambulatory Care where he managed the operating budget of four Ambulatory Care sites. All sites combined had budgets exceeding $160 million.
    Chris is currently pursuing his Executive MBA in Healthcare Administration at Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business. He received his B.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton.

  • Maureen Doran, MBA, MS

    ACHE Regent - New York

    Maureen Doran has senior level experience in health systems, developing and implementing strategic initiatives to promote integrated care and business objectives. Ms. Doran’s experiences in healthcare include Clinical Care, Hospital, Ambulatory Care Administration and Primary Care Practice Management. Initial work as a Registered Dietitian transitioned into opportunities in business development and operations. After working for two multi-hospital systems in New York City in Business Development, Managed Care and physician/hospital alignment work, she spent 15 years with VHA, Inc.
    (now Vizient), a national performance improvement company. She served as NYS Regional Vice President, Strategic Solutions supporting 44 hospitals in their managed care, physician/hospital and network development strategies. Ms. Doran progressed to serve as Vice President for a two-hospital system in the Hudson Valley providing strategic planning, physician strategy and business development leadership. Presently, Ms. Doran is the Vice President, Network Development for WMCHealth. In this position, she leads a team focused on network and business development objectives. In addition, she is responsible for network management for the New York State Medicaid Delivery System Redesign Program (DSRIP) Performing
    Provider System (PPS) for WMCHealth. Ms. Doran holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, City University of New York, a Master of Business Administration from St. John’s University and a Master’s of Science degree from Northwestern University in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. She served as an adjunct lecturer for Queens College, CUNY and Lehman College, CUNY in healthcare management and finance and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at New York Medical College, School of Public Health. Among her professional associations, Ms. Doran is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), Past President of the Healthcare Leaders of New York, an ACHE regional chapter, and is currently serving as Regent for the New York, Metropolitan region. In addition to her leadership roles, Ms. Doran commits her volunteer time to supporting colleagues in their professional development through coaching and mentoring.

  • Inderjeet Sandhu-Gay

    Board Member-at-Large, Hudson Valley

    Inderjeet is currently the Vice President of Network Strategy for WMCHealth Network. In this role she
    leads and facilitates the development of strategic and business operational plans to support the growth,
    operational, financial and quality goals of WMCHealth. Prior to this, Inderjeet was the Vice President of
    the Oncology Service Line at WMCHealth where she facilitated the development and supported the
    implementation of oncology service line strategic initiatives across the network’s inpatient and
    ambulatory care sites. Prior to joining WMCHealth, she was the Service Line Administrator of Oncology
    Services at South Nassau Communities Hospital, and the Administrative Director of the Monter Cancer
    Center at North Shore-LIJ Health System. In these roles she oversaw the daily operations, finance, and
    strategic program development for multi-site and multispecialty services. Inderjeet has extensive
    experience in many areas of healthcare leadership including, strategy development and execution,
    program building, process improvement, operations and financial management. Inderjeet earned a
    bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a Master of Health Services Administration from The George
    Washington University and has been a member of ACHE since 2007.


    Board Member at Large, Long Island

    Carol is a member of the senior executive team, serving as the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Stony Brook University Hospital. Formerly, she was the Chief Quality Officer and Associate Director for Quality Management with administrative oversight for the departments of Continuous Quality Improvement, Decision Support Services, Clinical Pathways and Management Engineering. She was also the Associate Director for Neurosciences.

    She earned two Master’s degrees from Stony Brook University in Management and Policy from the Harriman School for Management and Policy and Healthcare Management and Administration from the School of Allied Health Professions. She has served on the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Program’s Board of Examiners for nearly ten years, most recently as a Senior Examiner and Alumni Examiner. She teaches for the School of Health Technology and Management. She holds certifications as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Certified Practitioner of Healthcare from the National Association for Healthcare Quality and numerous certifications in laboratory sciences and management from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

    She is the recipient of numerous leadership awards including the Long Island Business News Healthcare Heroes Award in Achievements in Healthcare, the Master Award and the Excellence in Management Award from the American Society of Clinical Pathology, and The Distinguished Alumna Award from Stony Brook University. In 2018, she was the recipient for the Award of Distinction by the Healthcare Leaders of New York through the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has served on the Stony Brook University Alumni Association Board, holding all of the executive level positions, including President. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Vizient Senior Operations Officer Network Steering Committee.

  • Arthur A. Gianelli

    Board Member-at-Large, NYC

    Arthur Gianelli is Chief Transformation Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, a position to which he was appointed in April of 2019. He also serves as the President of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, one of eight hospitals that comprise the Mount Sinai Health System. He has held this position since February of 2014.

    During his tenure as President of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, Mr. Gianelli introduced lean management practices to serve as the organizational framework for staff, management, and leadership training; employee engagement; and significant systems and process improvements. He oversaw the development of the James P. Jones Daily Management and Incident Command Center , which pulls real-time data and runs predictive analytic algorithms to optimize resource allocation and improve clinical and operational decision-making. He has driven significant improvements in patient experience and in quality and safety metrics; shepherded a transformative capital improvement plan; and worked with clinical leadership to grow programs in cardiology and cardiac surgery, medical and surgical oncology, orthopedic trauma, neurosurgery, bariatric surgery, and geriatrics.

    From 2006 through 2014, Mr. Gianelli served as President and Chief Executive Officer of NuHealth, a public benefit corporation based in Nassau County, New York, that runs the Nassau University Medical Center, a nursing home, and co-operates the Long Island FQHC, Inc. Under Mr. Gianelli's leadership, NuHealth earned accolades for stabilizing its finances, improving quality of care and patient outcomes, and modernizing and expanding its services and facilities.

    Prior to joining NuHealth, Mr. Gianelli held senior executive positions over a 10-year period for two local governments on Long Island. He was Deputy County Executive for Budget and Finance for Nassau County, and Director of Operations for the Town of North Hempstead. He was responsible for shepherding major fiscal turnarounds in both municipalities.

    Mr. Gianelli currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Healthcare Leaders of New York, the Citizens Budget Commission of New York, Health Leads, Healthix, and the Mount Sinai Health Partners IPA. He has previously served on the Executive Committees of Healthfirst and America’s Essential Hospitals, and he was a member of Regional Policy Board 2 of the American Hospital Association. He has earned numerous professional, civic, and teaching awards.

    Mr. Gianelli earned a bachelor’s degree in History from St. John's University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Brown University, a Master in Business Administration from Dowling College, and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University. Mr. Gianelli teaches hospital management and hospital operations to graduate students at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has taught classes previously at St. John’s University, Dowling College, St. Joseph’s College, and Hofstra University.

  • Ann Marie McDonald, Ed.D RN FACHE

    Board Member-at-Large, All Territories

    Ann Marie McDonald is currently the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for Mount Sinai Health System, an integrated healthcare system comprising of eight hospital campuses in the New York metropolitan area, as well as a large, regional ambulatory footprint. In this role, she facilitates the development of a system-wide regulatory program to support the strategic goals of MSHS. She has held this position since June 2018. Formerly, she served as Senior Vice President/Chief Quality Officer at SBH Health System, Bronx, NY with responsibility for all aspects of performance improvement, patient safety, risk management and regulatory compliance for the healthcare system. Dr. McDonald earned a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University where she holds an adjunct faculty position in the Nurse Executive Program. She has been a member of American College of Healthcare Executives since 2012, and holds certification as a Fellow.

  • Brittany Foster, MHA

    Program Committee

    Brittany Foster is the Business Manager for the Department of Orthopedics at TJH Medical Services and NYU Langone Medical Center. TJH Medical Services is a physician group network that is affiliated with Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. She is in charge of overseeing 6 staff members, which includes surgical coordinators, medical assistants, and front desk receptionists. Brittany is responsible for resolving any billing related issues for office visits and surgeries. She facilitates the progress of assigned Orthopedic Surgery projects and daily operations.

    Brittany earned her undergraduate degree at Dowling College with a degree in Psychology. In 2017, she graduated from Hofstra University with a Master’s in Health Administration. Brittany has been an active HLNY member since 2015, and in 2018 became a part of the Programs Committee.

  • Zachary Almer

    Program Committee

    Zachary Almer is the Education Program Manager of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He directs and oversees the academic activities of nearly 500 fellows, residents and medical students training at MSKCC. His office is primarily responsible for accrediting, recruiting, credentialing, on-boarding, and advocating on behalf of surgical oncology fellows. In 2019, Mr. Almer saved the Department of Surgery over $25,000 in event planning costs and established a mentorship program for administrative staff across the institution. He began his career at MSKCC as a Physician Office Assistant and then worked as a Project Coordinator in the Department of Surgery. He transitioned to his current role in 2018.

    Mr. Almer earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Delaware. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a certificate in Healthcare Management from Cornell University. Mr. Almer published a practitioner application review in the Fall 2019 edition of the ACHE Journal of Healthcare Management which analyzed the benefits of role expansion for clinical and front line staff in healthcare organizations.

  • Patrick Mahoney


    Patrick Mahoney is a Global Initiatives Coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In his current role, he works across the organization to support partnerships, strategic operations and customer experience as it relates to global growth and optimizing patient access. His professional experience includes medical interpretation, international trade project management, and healthcare facility development and management abroad. He leverages his international experience to eliminate barriers to care, enhance the patient experience, and to build relationships with industry partners from around the world to further MSK’s patient care, research, and education initiatives. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and East Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is accredited in Chinese Language from Nankai and National Chengchi Universities.

  • Marissa Matarazzo


    Marissa Matarazzo has worked in various aspects of healthcare over the last decade. Her work ranges from academic medicine in inpatient and outpatient services, practice management, operation improvement, faculty development, credentialing, and mentorship. Currently she is the Administrative Manager of the Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Department of Anesthesiology. Here she oversees the daily operations of the C-suite, faculty development, and administrative operations for the department as a whole. In addition to the executive support of the Chair’s Office, Marissa also oversees the offices of two deans, the Senior Associate Dean for Research and the Assistant Dean for Mentoring. In these offices, she helps conduct the recruitment and management of highly regarded and funded scientists, work directly with the Board of Overseers and Board of Trustees, and promotes faculty development among all faculty institutionally through coordinated mentorship initiatives.

    Marissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Scranton. She also sits on the Alumni Council and participates as a preceptor for their MHA program’s administrative residency program.

  • Sahar Malek


    Sahar Malek is a Senior Director of Professional & Support Services at WMCHealth. She has a Master's in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton. Sahar has been an active member of ACHE since 2010. Being a member of HLNY has afforded her with numerous opportunities for professional development. She finds the educational and networking opportunities to be beyond measure and is looking forward to a great 2019 Gala.

  • Tara Bree


    Tara Bree is the Finance Manager in the Ambulatory Care Department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The Ambulatory Care Department at MSKCC is comprised of 18 different sites and over 6,000 employees. Tara is responsible for overseeing the finances at these sites and managing a budget in excess of $1.4 billion dollars.

    Tara holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College and has completed certificates in Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University.

  • Ralph Thomas, MHA

    Diversity Committee

    Ralph Thomas, Program Manager for Clinical Transformation at Northwell Health. In this role, he is responsible for implementing strategic initiatives focused on process improvement, operations and performance across the organization. Ralph has over 10 years of experience, which includes project management, hospital operations, population health and nonprofit leadership. Currently, Ralph has been a board member of Healthcare Leaders of New York for two years, active member of National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Ralph was featured in Northwell Health’s February 2019 "My role in helping reignite humanism“ series and he is also the recipient of the NAHSE NYC Chapter 2019 Young Executive of the Year Award. Ralph graduated college from Stony Brook University and Master in Health Administration from Hofstra University. Ralph enjoys cooking and eating pizza around NYC.

  • Ines Ruiz


    Ines Ruiz is an Administrative Director on the Advanced Clinical Provider team. She is responsible for leading initiatives that help empower and elevate the role of NPs and PAs at Northwell Health and overseeing the departmental budget of nearly $2 million in revenue to support the ACP strategy. She was previously on the medical group administration team and supported the physician leadership governance structure. Throughout her career at Northwell, she has had a focus on self-development which led her to obtain an MBA as well as Master’s degree in Public Policy and launched a Women’s Mentoring Program in 2017 for early careerist women at Northwell. She was selected as a 2018 Manager of the Year by the National Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives and graduated from Northwell’s High Potential Development Program in December 2018. Most recently she helped to develop and implement a new Diversity Leadership Mentoring Program at Northwell Health. When she is not dedicating time to her passions at Northwell Health, she spends time with her two small children and husband. In addition, she is a trustee board member for Bellmore United Methodist Church.

  • Kristina Krail, RN FACHE PMP

    Analytics Committee

    Kristina Krail has been serving the healthcare industry through a variety of high-level administrative positions including as Chief Nursing Officer, hospital association executive, and healthcare consultant. Now as an independent advisor to NBBJ and other healthcare architecture firms, she uses her problem-solving skills and deep knowledge of the healthcare industry to assist clients in their design requirements. She understands first-hand challenges hospital leadership faces and has demonstrated the ability to inspire and help them create plans and take action – always with the goal to improve patient care through innovative environmental and system solutions. She holds a BS in Nursing and a MPH from Columbia University.

We would like to acknowledge our past presidents for their service to the HLNY organization.

Past Presidents 2002 to present

Nicholas Bilas, 2020
Allison Roditi, FACHE, 2019
Timothy Gorton, FACHE, 2018
Paige Dworak, FACHE, 2017
Stephanie Meier, FACHE, 2016
Jason Tenzer, MPH, FACHE, 2015
Alison B. Flynn, CMRP, FACHE, 2014
John Prins, RN, FACHE, 2013
Maureen Doran, FACHE, 2012
Chantal C. Volel-Torres, 2010-2011
Paul Maguire, FACHE, 2009-2010
Deborah Groner D’Agostino, FACHE, 2008-2009
MaryAnn Brown, FACHE, 2007-2008
James Y. Lee, FACHE 2004-2006
Adam K. Weinstein, FACHE 2002-2004

Past Presidents 1969-2006

Marie J. Gregoire, FACHE, 2005-2006
Erica J. Gilbert, 2004-2005
John Mamangakis, FACHE,2003-2004
James Y. Lee, FACHE, 2002-2003
Adam K. Weinstein, FACHE, 2001-2002
Susan Browning, FACHE, 2000-2001
Solomon A. Torres, FACHE,1999-2000
Jeffrey A. Tiesi, FACHE, 1998-1999
Susan Fox, 1997-1998
Todd S. Greenberg, FACHE, 1996-1997
John P. Sganga, FACHE, 1995-1996
Albert J. Esposito, FACHE, 1994-1995
Fred S. Sganga, FACHE, 1993-1994
Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, 1992-1993
Barbara M. Shupak, 1991-1992
Joseph Marotta, FACHE, 1990-1991
Lee H. Perlman, FACHE, 1989-1990
Gail Donovan, 1988-1989
Robert V. Levine, FACHE, 1987-1988
David Jaffe, 1986-1987
Patricia Loubeau, 1985-1986
Joseph S. Orlando, FACHE, 1984-1985
Susan A. Zuckerman-Yubas, 1983-1984
John Cecconi, FACHE, 1982-1983
Howard H. Levine, FACHE, 1980-1982
Gary S. Horan, FACHE, 1979-1980
Douglas Landy, FACHE, 1978-1979
John P. Ferguson, FACHE, 1977-1978
John P. Davanzo, FACHE,  1976-1977
John Fales, 1975-1976
Gary H. Ross, FACHE, 1974-1975
Terrance M. O’Brien, 1973-1974
Mark J. Mundy, FACHE, 1972-1973
Cary Leptuck, FACHE, 1970-1972
John F. Reilly, FACHE, 1969-1970

Past Presidents 1992-2007

Steven Schoener, 2005-2007
Coy Smith, 2003-2005
Douglas Landy, FACHE, 2001-2003
Deborah Groner D’Agostino, FACHE, 1999-2001
Bruno U. Nardone, CHE, 1997-1999
John Cecconi, FACHE, 1995-1997
Remo Obertello, 1992-1995

Past Presidents 1992-2007

Maureen Doran, FACHE, 2006-2007
Mary Ann Brown, FACHE, 2003-2006
LeeAnn Marcus, 2001-2003
Carol Wilkinson, MD, 1999-2001
Cheryl Gainer,1996-1999
Tibisay Guzman, 1994-1996
Heidi Weintraub and Kristen Johnson, 1993-1994
Ernestine Pantel, Dr. PH, 1992-1993

Diversity & Inclusion

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The Healthcare Leaders of New York embraces diversity within the healthcare management field and recognizes that priority as both an ethical and business imperative.

The Healthcare Leaders of New York values diversity and initiatives that promote diversity because they can improve the quality of the organization’s workforce. The Healthcare Leaders of New York also values and actively promotes diversity in its leaders and members because diverse participation can serve as a catalyst for improved decision making, increased productivity, and a competitive advantage.

Further, the Healthcare Leaders of New York works to foster an inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions and supports the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability because an inclusive environment can enhance the quality of healthcare, improve hospital/community relations, and positively affect the health status of society. This priority is reflected in the chapter’s various activities and initiatives.

The Healthcare Leaders of New York is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion through the following activities:


Within the Chapter organization:

  • The Chapter Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is charged with conducting an annual self-assessment of the chapter’s diversity and inclusion practices and proposing new practices and programs.
  • The Chapter Nominating Committee is charged with assuring that the chapter board of directors is broadly representative of the chapter membership and with maintaining a diverse and inclusive chapter leadership.
  • The Chapter updated its by-laws to include Diversity and has formed a Diversity Committee.
  • The Chapter added Diversity as an agenda item to every board meeting.

Within the healthcare management field:

  • Conduct at least one chapter educational event offering face-to-face ACHE continuing education credits on the topic of diversity and inclusion.
  • Publish at least one chapter newsletter article on diversity and inclusion each year.
  • Develop and maintain a caucus organization within the chapter in collaboration with the Asian Healthcare Leaders Association and/or the National Forum of Latino Healthcare Executives.
  • Develop and maintain a formal, written collaboration with the National Association of Health Service Executives.