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Dr. Mitchell Katz and Dr. Talya Schwartz Named to amNY Metro and PoliticsNY's 2021 "Power Players in Healthcare" List

President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals Dr. Mitchell Katz and MetroPlus Health Plan President and CEO Dr. Talya Schwartz are cited for their leadership

Dec 01, 2021

New York

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that the system’s President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD and MetroPlusHealth Health Plan President and CEO Talya Schwartz, MD have been named to AMNY and PoliticsNY’s “Power Players in Healthcare 2021” list, which salutes top public officials, policymakers, hospital and HMO executives, doctors, nurses and labor, business and nonprofit leaders who manage the day-in and day-out work in the industry and envision a better health care future for all New Yorkers.
Dr. Katz was appointed President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals in January 2018. During this time, Dr. Katz has focused on advancing the transformation of the public health care system with numerous new initiatives to expand access to primary care services, reduce administrative costs, invest in more frontline clinical staff, and build financial stability. In September 2020, NYC Care, a healthcare access program for New Yorkers who are not eligible for or cannot afford health insurance, went live citywide four months ahead of schedule under Dr. Katz’s stewardship.
Dr. Katz’s initial transformation strategy helped set the groundwork for the public health care system to combat the challenges of the unprecedented global health crisis, COVID-19. During the pandemic, the system was able to more than triple its ICU capacity, stand up a COVID-19-dedicated hotline to help mitigate dangerous overcrowding in the system’s emergency departments, transition nearly all existing ambulatory care appointments to telemedicine, and help establish the city’s Test & Trace Corps. The public health care system is now also providing critical support to facilitate the City’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to those who are eligible.
Dr. Talya Schwartz was appointed President & CEO of MetroPlusHealth in 2019. During her tenure, MetroPlusHealth has achieved a 20% growth in membership, a five-star rating from New York State’s Consumer Guide, and an increase in overall net worth. Dr. Schwartz’s ongoing commitment to addressing the social determinants of health among New York’s most vulnerable communities is the pinnacle of her leadership—actively ensuring that MetroPlusHealth remains at the forefront of supporting its members through holistic, field-based care. Internally, she has prioritized and implemented a tech-first approach to streamlining company operations—working closely with the executive team to transform the remote workforce ability and accelerate market growth through the launch of telehealth and other virtual platforms.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Schwartz served as the Chief Medical Officer at MetroPlusHealth and in the private sector where she was the founding member of a behavioral health technology startup company. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. A trained physician, Dr. Schwartz earned her medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, completed her residency in Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and practiced at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She holds a graduate certificate in Health Services Management and Leadership from George Washington University.
“I am honored to be included on this list and I am proud to lead a health care system that’s dedicated to helping people regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay,” said President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals Mitchell Katz, MD. “Our diverse and innovative workforce is constantly improving the health and well-being of our patients and their families.”
“It is an honor to be recognized as a 2021 Power Player in Healthcare—what an incredible cohort of leaders,” said Dr. Talya Schwartz, President and CEO of MetroPlusHealth. “Thank you, PoliticsNY, and I would like to congratulate my colleague, Dr. Mitchell Katz, as well as my fellow honorees. It’s been an unpredictable two years for our health care system. Still, together, we continue to persevere through these unprecedented times, and I am grateful for the talented and dedicated staff I am privileged to work alongside every day.”