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Rosa M. Colon-Kolacko Named Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals

Oct 26, 2016

New York, NY

Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, today announced the appointment of Rosa M. Colon-Kolacko, PhD, MBA, CDM, as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer. Dr. Colon-Kolacko’s extensive experience in building inclusive workplaces resulting in a more engaged multicultural workforce will help nurture an environment at NYC Health + Hospitals that supports the health system’s transformation toward financial stability, growth, and improved patient experience.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Colon-Kolacko join our team,” said Dr. Raju. “Our people are our most important asset, and she will provide the needed staff support to help us as we transform into a health care delivery system of tomorrow.”

Most recently, Dr. Colon-Kolacko served as president and founder of Global Learning and Diversity Partners, LLC, a consulting services organization that focuses on building multicultural, inclusive and learning organizations in health systems. For most of the past decade, she served Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, most recently as Senior Vice President of its Learning Institute and Chief Diversity Officer, and earlier as its Vice President of System Learning. Earlier in her career she worked at Bristol Myers-Squibb and, before that, SmithKline Beecham (since renamed GlaxoSmithKline), leading change and talent management functions in Asia, Europe, and North America, including Puerto Rico.

Highlights of Dr. Colon-Kolacko’s rich academic career include a PhD in Organizational Development and Change from Benedictine University and an MBA from Henley Business School, University of Reading, England. She is also a researcher and has held academic positions as professor of professional practice at Bowling Green State University and an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University and University of Delaware.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this organization that truly makes a difference for so many people,” she said. “I am honored and excited to join NYC Health + Hospitals and have a great opportunity to take care of our employees so that they can take care of others. Maximizing their contributions, leveraging diversity, and building a culture of learning will support the implementation of our transformation agenda, empowering others to build partnerships in the community while improving the patient experience and making New York a healthier state.”


Contact: pressoffice@nychhc.org, 212-788-3339