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Dr. Mitchell Katz Receives 2021 Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership From the Aspen Institute

President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals donating $25,000 stipend to the public health care system

Dec 10, 2021

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that the system’s President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD has received the 2021 Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership from the Aspen Institute. This prestigious award is presented to an individual who has had a positive impact on their community, who embodies the broad Aspen Institute ideal of values-based leadership, and who has exemplified this ideal in innovative ways that can serve as models for other leaders. The Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership is funded by Robert Tisch’s family – Steve Tisch, Laurie Tisch, Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch, as well as the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund – to honor his legacy of leadership, public service and philanthropy. The award includes a $25,000 stipend to be donated to a non-profit organization of the awardee’s choosing. Dr. Katz is donating the funds to NYC Health + Hospitals.
“I am honored to be acknowledged by the Aspen Institute and the generous Tisch family on behalf of the entire NYC Health + Hospitals system. While I may be the named recipient of this prestigious award, this honor is truly a reflection of the courage, skill, and commitment to mission that lives within each of our Health + Hospitals team members and supporters,” said President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals Mitchell Katz, MD. “This award sets a powerful example of the importance of supporting NYC Health + Hospitals on behalf of all New Yorkers. I am so proud to be recognized as part of this extraordinary team.”
“Mitch Katz is an exemplary leader and we are thrilled to present him with the Preston Robert Tisch award in civic leadership,” said Laurie M. Tisch, Founder and President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. “I got to know Mitch in 2018 when our foundation began working with NYC Health + Hospitals as part of our Arts in Health initiative. He put H+H in the forefront of hospital systems using the arts to improve health for patients, staff and the broader hospital community. Then COVID-19 hit our city and the world. His leadership of our country’s largest public hospital system during one of the darkest periods in our history was no less than heroic. His empathy, humanity, innovation and determination saved and is still saving countless lives. We are all in his debt.”
Dr. Katz will be honored with the 11th annual Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership on Monday, December 13. The Aspen Institute award will be live streamed from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST. The evening will center on a conversation moderated by my friend and medical school classmate, Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News.
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.
Register here for the livestream of The Aspen Institute Award.