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July 30- August 2, 2018 (Manhattan)
New York Cluster 2018

October 10, 2018 (Queens)
Frank Camerano Memorial Dinner

July 30, 2018 (Manhattan)
7th Annual Past Presidents Boat Cruise

September 25, 2018 (Manhattan)
3rd Annual Mini Congress
I hope that you're enjoying the summer! HLNY is busy planning the second half of our year with you and we hope to see you at an upcoming event.

In the winter and spring newsletters, I wrote about the first two parts of this year’s HLNY theme “Stay Connected”; staying connected to ACHE/HLNY and staying connected to our ultimate customer, our patients. I want to focus on the third part of this year’s theme: why we need to stay connected to internal customers. Internal customers are colleagues who work with us - who we collaborate with and mutually rely on to achieve the missions and visions of our organizations and companies. 

Part 3: Stay Connected to Internal Customers

One of our colleagues, who also is a Nursing Executive and a HLNY Board Member at Large for All Territories, Ann Marie McDonald, Ed.D., RN, FACHE told us that in order to stay connected with internal customers at all levels, every great leader needs to have an employee engagement and wellbeing strategy.  Creating an integrated approach to this strategy helps employees feel connected to their work and aligned with the organization’s mission and vision.  As example, executive leadership rounds on employees strengthen relationships, recognize staff and gain a perspective of the work frontline staff are conducting.  Committed leadership rounds often result in improved employee satisfaction and retention, and can have a positive impact on the patient experience. 

As I noted at our annual gala, we can’t go at any of our work alone…and I’ll add, nor should we take singular credit for getting a job or project done. It’s about the collective work we do, inside and outside of our departments, that help our workplaces and industry change, innovate and succeed.  

As we move forward into the latter part of the calendar year, and on behalf of the board, thank you for your membership with ACHE/HLNY. If I can be of support in any way, even if you and I schedule a 10-15 minute phone call, please reach out to me at

Dear Colleagues,

I want to congratulate Carol Gomes, FACHE, the HLNY Award of Distinction recipient for 2018, as well as the Regent’s Award recipients Andrew Mitchell, FACHE, Patrick Schmincke, FACHE, Alyeah Ramjit, Darren Deoraj and Salvatore Russo, Esq. Also, a very big THANK YOU to Gala Committee led by Sahar Malek.  This year’s dinner was a great success.   

Now we head into the summer months and that can only mean one thing, the Annual Past President’s Cruise on July 31. The Annual Awards Dinner and the Annual Past President’s Cruise are two of the most popular events in the HLNY calendar. If you missed the Dinner you better get your act together for the Cruise. There is no substitute for investment in your professional relationships. Take advantage of the fact that our region’s activities are consolidated and led by a single chapter, HLNY.   

The New York City region is home to some of the greatest health care organizations on the planet. We are all heirs to the New York legacy of health care leadership, education, innovation, research and patient care. In fact, the concept of the medical center originated in New York City with the creation of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. This tradition has served many generations of patients, physicians and researchers. It is now our responsibility to steward these enormous and awesome resources through the changes and challenges facing our profession and our nation. It is our responsibility to our current patients and colleagues and to future generations of patients and colleagues to carry the tradition of healthcare leadership for the New York Region. 

Our challenge demands we forge meaningful relationships with each other and with the ACHE.  We are facing issues of incredible complexity, but we are standing on the shoulders of giants. The success of future generations of leaders and the patients they will serve depends on our relentless efforts to improve and redefine the organizations we are leading today. It is up to us to keep our balance and to make our own contributions to this profession to which we all have dedicated our professional lives. 

I look forward to embracing these challenges together. 
And remember to always take care of each other.
Solomon A. Torres, FACHE
The Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY) is proud to offer their Achievement Award of Distinction Scholarship to three students who have demonstrated academic excellence and community service involvement which has shaped their vision and desire toward becoming our next health care leaders.

The winners for this years Achievement Award of Distinction Scholarship are: 
  1. Priyanka Abraham (Hofstra University) 
  2. Jinhee Lee (New York Medical College)
  3. Edgewood Warner (New York Medical College)

HLNY Award of Distinction

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Quality Officer

Early Career Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award:

Alyeah E. Ramjit, MS, MHA
Administrative Manager, MIH/Community Paramedicine Program
Northwell Health

Darren H. P. Deoraj, MHA
Assistant Director, Ambulatory Care
NYC Health + Hospitals | Gotham Health, Gouverneur

Senior Level Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award:


Andrew J. Mitchell, FACHE
President & CEO
Peconic Bay Medical Center

Patrick J. Schmincke, MBA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer
Bon Secours Charity Health System

Regents Recognition Award:

Salvatore Russo, Esq.

Building Diverse Leadership Pipeline

Healthcare Institutional Diversity Statistics- How are we doing?

According to a 2015 study by the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity/Health Research & Educational Trust, minorities represent 37% of patients of the U.S. population.  However, from 2013 to 2015 hospitals have made little to no progress with increasing diversity of their leadership teams and governing boards:  
  • The percentage of minorities on boards in 2015 was 14% – the same as 2013
  • Minorities in executive leadership positions was 11% in 2015, a 1 percentage point decrease from 2013
  • Diversity with first and mid-level management positions was 19% in 2015, up 2 percentage points since 2013 

Equipping the Diverse Healthcare Candidate -What are the opportunities?

The Executive Diversity Career Navigator (EDCN) is a website launched by ACHE along with their diversity partners as a platform for experienced healthcare leaders to share their voice and to provide information, inspiration and tools for the diverse candidate in navigating career paths to senior level positions.  Visit and utilize as a resource in your career development

ACHE’s Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Programis a yearlong program formid- and senior-level healthcare professionals from underrepresented groups to gain critical leadership skills and cultivate an enhanced executive presence. Scholars benefit from a specialized curriculum to develop strategies in successfully navigating career challenges through one-on-one interaction with a specially selected mentor and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments. This program provides access to an expanded network of leaders who will help prepare scholars to ascend to C-suite roles in hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations. 

Applications are due by July 9, 2018, visit for more information or to apply.

HLNY Diversity Partners 
NAHHE in the News!

HLNY’s Diversity Partner: National Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (NAHHE) was featured on WABC-TV’s program, Tiempo, which aired on May 20, 2018. George Zeppenfeldt, President  & CEO and Geraldine Massuh, Board Member highlighted NAHHE’s mentorship program in preparing diverse candidates for leadership and addressing health disparities. We look forward to commemorating their 20-year Anniversary celebration on June 21st– Congratulations!

HLNY Diversity Partners
We encourage all members to visit the websites of all our diversity partners: Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum (AHLF)LGBT ForumNational Association of Health Services Executives (NASHE),and the National Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (NAHHE).  
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