Executive Leadership | NYC Health + Hospitals


Executive Leadership

Michelle Lewis
Interim Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Lewis, as a transformation leader, provides direction and coordination for a broad range of initiatives to advance Gotham’s vision and organizational success. Through her leadership and vision Ms. Lewis is making significant contributions to Gotham health’s strategic direction by driving change across the network. These changes aimed at improving our patient experience and increasing their access to care on a timely basis.

Ms. Lewis is an accomplished healthcare administrator, who is recognized for her visionary leadership. She has over 15 years of experience in leading people, building teams, project management, and expanding healthcare programs.

Prior to joining NYC Health + Hospitals, Ms. Lewis worked for New York Presbyterian Health Systems, where she held various position, including overseeing the Emergency Services Department and the Community – Based Ambulatory Care Health Centers. Her strong interest in delivering high quality of health care services and the overall wellbeing of medically underserved communities is reflected in her achievements during her career as a public health executive.

Ms. Lewis received her Bachelor of Art Degree from Lehman College in New York.

She earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. She is presently an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the Departments of Master in Public Administration and Master in Public Health.

Morris Gagliardi, MD
Interim Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Morris Gagliardi came to NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur in 2009 as the Director of Women’s Health and the Director of the Title X Family Planning Program after nearly 15 years in private practice and leadership in not-for-profit private hospitals. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory Care at Gouverneur. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The New York University School of Medicine, with teaching responsibilities at Gouverneur and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue for residents and medical students. In 2012, he was named Associate Medical Director at Gouverneur. In 2015, he was named interim Medical Director for Gouverneur, overseeing clinical care in both Ambulatory Care and the Skilled Nursing Facility. He remains clinically active, seeing ambulatory patients at Gouverneur and covering the inpatient OBGYN service at  Bellevue.

At Gouverneur, Dr. Gagliardi has worked to advance a vision for an excellent, unsurpassed patient experience. He believes this is the basis for patient retention and new patient acquisition. When Process Owner of the Women’s Health Value Stream, he applied Breakthrough and its principles to approach a vision for dynamic patient-centered, team-based care. He has led interdisciplinary teams to address access, work flow, internal processes and communication. The department was first within Gouverneur to launch Daily Management, using data in real time to influence management. He holds Silver Certification in Breakthrough.

Dr. Gagliardi has been a leader in the access initiative throughout Ambulatory Care. Access can be improved with template management, and after a systematic data-driven analysis of demand in Women’s Health, Dr Gagliardi led the team that instituted a schedule that rolls out different appointment types at different times, essentially opening slots for what patients need when they need it.

Dr. Gagliardi is a graduate of Seton Hall University, earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey- Newark, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. Dr. Gagliardi is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Elsa Cosme
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Cosme joined NYC Health and Hospitals/Gouverneur assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer and recently became the Chief Financial Officer for Gotham Health FQHC, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Hunter College and Masters in Business Administration from Farleigh Dickinson University.

Ms. Cosme brings to Gotham Health over 20 years’ experience in health care, commercial real estate investment, and non-profit financial management. Her background includes audit coordination, internal controls, budgeting, grants management and financial statement preparation.

Before coming to NYC Health + Hospitals, Ms. Cosme assisted the Sr. Vice President/CFO in achieving organizational goals with regard to financial operations of the Bronx-based SBH Health System which comprises acute care-461 beds, long-term care and outpatient care. There she successfully drove Finance Department improvements, strengthening controls, accuracy and timeliness of processes including general accounting, accounts payable, treasury, tax reporting, audit, cashier and payroll.

As Gotham’s Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Cosme oversee all aspects of Gotham Health FQHC financial functions including, reporting, budgeting, reimbursement, billing and collection, managed care, medical record and registration. Elsa also leads the financial strategic planning process and provide financial reports and presentation to Gotham Board. Ms. Cosme supports the CEO and woks with NYC Health + Hospitals’ central office Finance to make sure all goals and objectives are being met.

Carey Hamblin
Chief Nursing Officer

Ms. Hamlin has 20 years’ experience working in the healthcare industry from Nursing to Administration. Carey has practiced in a variety of settings including large healthcare corporations, medical centers and community hospitals which has proven her ability to assist patients effectively in any size setting.

Early in her career Ms. Hamblin worked as R.N. at Phelps Memorial Hospital in the Emergency Department where she exhibited skills of efficiency and passion about delivering the highest quality of care to patients. With experience and skills such as Nursing Leadership, Crisis Management, Conflict/ Complaint Resolution and Healthcare Standards, Carey is a strong team leader.

Her current role is as Chief Nursing Officer where she is the lead responsible to implement DSRIP projects and initiatives. She provides strategic leadership and oversees nursing development and clinical functions at Gotham Health.

Ms. Hamblin received her Master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Western Governors University, and her Nursing degree from Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing.