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Svetlana Lipyanskaya, MPA, Appointed CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island

At NYC Health + Hospitals, Lipyanskaya led several programs to enhance patient care and satisfaction

Lipyanskaya moved to South Brooklyn from Ukraine in 1989 at age nine and called the borough home until 2004; she speaks fluent Russian

Dec 20, 2019

Brooklyn, NY

Mitchell Katz, MD, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals today announced the appointment of Svetlana Lipyanskaya as CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. In this role, Ms. Lipyanskaya will lead the hospital in delivering high quality care to patients in South Brooklyn. She will continue to grow innovative programs and re-engineer processes to increase access to affordable and comprehensive health care for all patients. Ms. Lipyanskaya will guide the next phase of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island’s renovations as part of its Hurricane Sandy recovery project, and will oversee the completion of its new Critical Services Structure (CSS) hospital building.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ms. Lipyanskaya brings with her a deep personal connection to the South Brooklyn community. She moved to Bensonhurst from Odessa, Ukraine in 1989 when she was nine years old, and called the neighborhood home until 2001 when she moved to Gravesend. She speaks fluent Russian, a prominent language of patients serviced by the hospital. Her appointment is effective Thursday, January 2, 2020.

“I am excited that Svetlana Lipyanskaya will be transitioning to CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island and continuing to strengthen the critical healthcare services we provide to such a diverse group of communities in South Brooklyn,” said Dr. Katz. “Her extensive knowledge of healthcare and processes that streamline access to care, paired with her Brooklyn roots will be an incredible asset to our Coney Island community.”

“I am honored to be returning to my community to lead NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. I can still remember what it felt like to step off our plane at JFK airport and move to South Brooklyn. Now I have the incredible opportunity to directly contribute to the health and wellbeing of the vibrant community that we came to call home,” said Svetlana Lipyanskaya. I am excited to be joining Coney Island’s dynamic leadership team at a time of tremendous change and growth. Our hospital, already a vital resource for South Brooklyn, is looking forward to providing even more patient-friendly access to comprehensive care.”

“I’m very excited to begin working with Ms. Lipyanskaya. Her story of hard work and connection to the community is one that is common among the diverse district of Coney Island that she will tirelessly serve. I’m excited to start the New Year off with a partner ready to ensure the best for my constituents,” said State Senator Diane Savino.

“I welcome the new CEO of NYC Health + Hospital/Coney Island, Svetlana Lipyanskaya. Her professional healthcare experience combined with her knowledge of Southern Brooklyn and appreciation of the incredible diversity of our community will lead to continued improvements in access to high-quality healthcare in marginalized communities. I was proud to fight to secure nearly a billion dollars in federal funding to help rebuild and fortify NYC Health + Hospital/Coney Island after Hurricane Sandy. Having stable, experienced leadership, like Ms. Lipyanskaya, during construction of the new, resilient tower is critical to ensuring that Coney Island rebuilds stronger than ever,” said Council Member Mark Treyger.

Ms. Lipyanskaya has over a decade of health care management experience in successive leadership roles. She joined NYC Health + Hospitals in 2017, working in various capacities within the acute care operations, patient growth, and transformation spaces. She led the redesign of the system-wide inter-facility transfer and patient transport delivery system focused on reducing turnaround time and growing patient volume to increase revenue by over $25 million annually. She has also driven efforts at multiple hospital facilities to design and implement specialty services program expansions focusing on operating room and surgical programming, ambulatory surgery and outpatient access. At Coney Island Hospital, Ms. Lipyanskaya worked closely with the leadership team to design the plan for the percutaneous cardiac intervention (PCI) program.

Prior to joining the City’s public health system, Ms. Lipyanskaya worked at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she held a number of leadership roles. During her time at Weill Cornell Physician Network, she built and oversaw day-to-day operations of a multi-site and multi-specialty physician group spanning 19 practice locations. She also led numerous practice operations initiatives focused on improving patient satisfaction and access to care as well as creating billing efficiencies and streamlining the EMR documentation processes.

Ms. Lipyanskaya received a MPA with a concentration in health management and finance and a BA in Economics from New York University.