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Four NYC Health + Hospitals, MetroPlusHealth Leaders Recognized as Crain’s ‘Notable 2023 Leaders in Health Care’

Helena Grant, Dr. Laura Iavicoli, Nicole Jordan-Martin, and Dr. Sanjiv Shah are celebrated for their work addressing the needs of underserved populations and working to reduce health disparities

May 25, 2023

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that four of its leaders were among 84 people named to Crain’s list of ‘Notable 2023 Leaders in Health Care‘ for their tremendous work caring for vulnerable New Yorkers. To qualify, candidates needed to work at a health care-related institution in the New York-Metropolitan area and have at least a decade of experience. Crain’s looked for professionals who share expertise with others in their fields and are involved in professional associations, community service initiatives, philanthropy, mentoring programs and the like. The publication noted these individuals, “… are truly exceptional – and their work is vital to the functioning of the city’s health care system and the city itself.” The four honorees from NYC Health + Hospitals are:

Helena Grant, MS, CNM, LM, CICP, FACNM
Director of Midwifery Services
NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull

Laura Iavicoli, MD
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

Nicole Jordan-Martin
Chief Executive Officer
NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care

Sanjiv Shah, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer

In addition to her role leading midwifery services at Brooklyn’s first Baby-Friendly USA hospital, Grant is also co-chair of the health system’s Midwifery Council. She has more than 25 years of experience caring for and empowering pregnant people and their families. Ms. Grant lends her expertise to the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives as their current president, serves as co-chair of the Brooklyn Borough President’s Maternal Health Task Force, and is a member of the New York State Department of Health’s Maternal Mortality & Morbidity Advisory Council.

“I am deeply humbled and grateful to represent the wonderful work we do in the areas of Midwifery, Birth Equity, Respectful and Trauma-Informed Care at Woodhull and across NYC Health + Hospitals,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull Director of Midwifery Services Helena Grant, MS, CNM, LM, CICP, FACNM. “My fervent intention is to continue uplifting the midwifery model of care, used in every industrialized nation except the United States, that we, through belief in clinical evidence and trust in one another, have mastered here at Woodhull and are expanding throughout the health care system. I truly appreciate the support and confidence the department, the hospital, the corporation, and the community have placed in both my evolution and leadership.”

Dr. Iavicoli was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst in 2021, after she used her background in disaster management to help guide the hospital through the first wave of COVID-19, when Elmhurst became the epicenter of the pandemic in America. Dr. Iavicoli has been an emergency medicine physician at Elmhurst for more than 20 years, has served as an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and has also been a member of disaster relief teams for both the City of New York and FEMA.

“I am humbled and honored to have received this recognition from Crain’s New York Business,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst Deputy Chief Medical Officer Laura Iavicoli, MD. “I feel so blessed to work at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst with an amazing team of health care providers dedicated to our community and to our patients.”

Nicole Jordan-Martin runs the health system’s Community Care division, which provides services to patients in their homes and communities. Those services include Home Care, Behavioral Health, Maternal-Child Health, and social support linkages for people coping with food insecurity, homelessness, and other immediate needs. Jordan-Martin is Board Certified in Health Care Management. She has worked internationally on behalf of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and has consulted for the World Health Organization on the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“It’s an honor to be recognized along with such an accomplished group of health care leaders,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care CEO Nicole Jordan-Martin. “Caring for and supporting our patients in their homes and communities reflects our commitment to their health and wellbeing beyond the walls of our hospitals and health centers. This is the future of health care and we are an essential partner in this movement.”

Dr. Shah is the Chief Medical Officer for the System health plan, MetroPlus. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a physician leader, managed care executive, and infectious disease specialist. Dr. Shah also serves the community as a member of the New York/New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the HIV Medical Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the New York Society of Infectious Diseases, and the Physicians Research Network.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Crain’s, along with my amazing NYC Health + Hospitals colleagues, as one of the 2023 Notable Leaders in Health Care. Those of us in health care are always conscious of the necessity to put the needs of others before ours, and to put the focus on our patients – where it belongs,” said MetroPlusHealth Chief Medical Officer Sanjiv Shah, MD, MPH. “But recognition like this reminds me, once again, of the value and importance of the work our community of extraordinary providers does to serve this City, and why we chose this field from the start.”


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About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal 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 43,000 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 FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About MetroPlusHealth

Since 1985, MetroPlusHealth has helped the people of New York City get quality health care at little to no cost. MetroPlusHealth is the plan of choice for over 700,000 New Yorkers, and its commercial and government-sponsored plans meet the needs of individuals, families, and workforces. The MetroPlusHealth staff speaks more than 40 languages and is as diverse as the great City it serves. MetroPlusHealth is part of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system. For more information, visit metroplus.org. Join the conversation on social media at @metroplushealth.