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NYC Health + Hospitals Completes Senior Leadership Transformation

Health system names four Chief Executive Officers for hospitals in the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan

Aug 15, 2016

New York, NY

Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, today announced the final phase of appointments to the health system’s senior executive leadership team. The strategic shift in leadership is part of the health system’s overall transformation to support its Vision 2020 goals toward financial stability, growth and improving the patient experience.
The appointments of these Chief Executive Officers signals a critical milestone in the transformation of NYC Health + Hospitals as it continues to move in a new and bold direction, said Dr. Raju. Our essential public health system requires executive leaders who embrace change, who are driven by results, and who will deliver on our mission to providing quality, patient-centered care to all New Yorkers.
After a national search William T. Foley has been named CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, and Christopher Roker named CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens. Alina Moran, currently Acting CEO has been named CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan and Maureen Pode, Acting CEO at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx has been named CEO of the hospital.
The four CEO appointments mark the final phase of executive leadership changes for the health system. During this past year NYC Health + Hospitals has named new CEOs at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. The system’s former network structure based on hospital location has been replaced with three service lines focused on patient care – hospitals, post-acute care, and ambulatory care. Senior executives were appointed to lead the three new service lines created to help strengthen and elevate post-acute/long term care as a strategic area of opportunity to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and improve health outcomes.
“I’m thrilled to join the leadership team of NYC Health + Hospitals to lead NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, said William T. Foley, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. I truly understand and appreciate the important role of public hospitals and I’m very confident I will contribute greatly to the continued success of Jacobi based on my experience leading public hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers.”
“I am truly honored and excited to come back to my birthplace Queens, NY and work with and for our patients, employees, and our community, said Christopher Roker, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens. Queens’ true asset is its employees and their connection to our patients. We have some challenging but exciting work ahead, and we have a strong team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens that will get the job done.
I am very excited to be back at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, where I was born, said Alina Moran, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. My commitment to the success of this hospital and the city’s public health care system is personal as well as professional. I look forward to working together with the team at Metropolitan to build a stronger and more efficient hospital that will continue to provide safe quality care and an exceptional patient experience to all members of our community.
In these challenging and exciting times, I am honored and humbled in the trust afforded me to lead the great team at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx, said Ms. Pode, RN, BSN, MA, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. I look forward to continuing our work together to build upon the rich history of serving the residents of the North Bronx. Our strength has been and will continue to be our commitment to the provision of respectful, compassionate and high quality care.
NYC Health + Hospitals conducted a national search to fill these leadership positions and worked with DHR International, an executive search firm, to find candidates from inside and outside the organization. The selection was assisted by search committees at the system level and for each of the hospitals. Members of the search committees included senior clinical and nurse leaders, and labor and community representatives.
The new health system CEOs appointed today are:

  • William T. Foley, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi has spent much of his career in the health care sector, serving as CEO of hospitals and healthcare systems around the country, including academic medical centers. Most recently he was an independent consultant specializing in interim management, performance improvement, leadership development and strategy at the senior executive and board level of hospitals and health systems. He served as Hospital Director for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino County, CA where he was responsible for all operations of the Medical Center including strategic planning, performance improvement, and leadership development. He was one of five Market Presidents nationwide for Vanguard Health Systems, and served as CEO of Cook County Health and Hospital System in Illinois. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., and a Master’s of Hospital and Health Administration degree from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Foley’s appointment is effective Monday, September 12.
  • Christopher Roker, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens is an operational expert focused on building, growing, and improving the profitability, performance, and value in organizations with a leadership style that fosters teamwork and motivates staff. Mr. Roker recently spent more than 3.5 years at The MetroHealth System in Ohio first serving as Vice President of Surgical Care and Perioperative Services and then serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Hospitals Administrative Officer where he was responsible for overseeing inpatient hospital services and departments. Mr. Roker previously held leadership positions at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, and The Parkway Hospital Queens. Mr. Roker holds a B.A from the State University of New York at Oswego, an MBA from Pace University, Certificate – Healthcare Leadership Advancement from Cornell University, and completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare. Mr. Roker’s appointment is effective Tuesday, September 6.
  • Alina Moran, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan has served NYC Health + Hospitals for 17 years. In her role as Chief Financial Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, she oversaw the facility’s budgets and more than 450 finance employees, managed the physician affiliation contract, and was instrumental in the implementation of the new Epic Electronic Medical Record at Elmhurst. During her nine years as Assistant Vice President of Managed Care and Finance for NYC Health + Hospitals, Ms. Moran was responsible for the negotiation, management, and implementation of 18 managed care contracts for the system. She started her career with NYC Health + Hospitals as a Finance Director at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Prior to that, Ms. Moran oversaw more than $5 million in grant funds at the RI Economic Development Corporation in Providence, Rhode Island. Ms. Moran earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and a Master of Public Administration from the Baruch School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. Ms. Moran’s appointment is effective Monday, August 15.
  • Maureen Pode, RN, BSN, MA, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx is a seasoned health care executive with more than 30 years’ experience in acute and ambulatory care. She has worked at NYC Health + Hospitals for the past 14 years, most recently serving as Acting CEO at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. Prior to this role, she was Chief Nursing Officer and Associate Executive Director of Patient Care Services at North Central Bronx and Associate Executive Director/Deputy CFO at Jacobi and North Central Bronx. Ms. Pode successfully developed and implemented programs to enhance patient experience and quality patient care. Prior to joining NYC Health + Hospitals she held a variety of positions at Cabrini Medical Center, Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers and Catholic Medical Centers, providing nursing and administrative leadership. She holds a MA in Health Administration, with distinction, from Hofstra University, and graduated Cum Laude with a BS from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. Ms. Pode’s appointment is effective Monday, August 15.

Contact: Jennifer Bender, 212-788-3339