NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that Bellevue CEO William Hicks and Metropolitan Hospital CEO Cristina Contreras have both been named to City & State’s “2021 Manhattan Power 100” list. This year, the publication is recognizing leaders’ contribution amidst the pandemic and their commitment to helping New Yorkers find a path forward. Hicks and Contreras ranked 54th for leading the major public hospitals that have helped Manhattan address the COVID-19 pandemic. City & State’s “2021 Manhattan Power 100” program honors public officials, business executives, community leaders, and others who are contributing to the borough’s recovery from the pandemic.
“Congratulations to Cristina and Bill for this well-deserved recognition,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “Cristina and Bill’s dedication and passion sang true during the hard months of the pandemic, where they were leading hospitals in some of the worst circumstances imaginable in healthcare. Our health system is fortunate to have such steadfast leaders who put our staff and patients’ needs at the forefront every single day.”
“I am honored to be named to City & State’s Manhattan Power 100 list,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan CEO Cristina Contreras. “This recognition is a testament to the tireless work of the Metropolitan staff throughout the pandemic, and our commitment every day to the community we serve. I am proud to lead this great team.
“I am truly grateful for this acknowledgement. I consider it a privilege to serve as CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and to represent such an immensely talented team committed to the health of all New Yorkers,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue CEO William Hicks.
Cristina Contreras has broad experience in the health care management of inpatient, ambulatory, clinical and ancillary services. She started her career with NYC Health + Hospitals in 1995 as a caseworker, and has successfully progressed through various leadership positions throughout the public hospital system. She served as Executive Director of NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx before being named Chief Executive Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan in April 2021. She also serves as Chair of the National Dominican Day Parade.
William (Bill) Hicks currently serves as CEO at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, recognized as the oldest public hospital in America and established in 1736. Bellevue is the flagship hospital for NYC Health + Hospitals. Mr. Hicks has more than 40 years of healthcare experience, and has led facility operational responses to major disasters and emergencies such as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, 9/11, Ebola, and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic response. As part of a career commitment to public health, Mr. Hicks actively works to promote access equity, diversity and inclusion in the delivery of care.
Former CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, Eboné Carrington, was also named to City & State’s “Manhattan Power 100” list.
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.