New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President Alan D. Aviles today announced the appointment of Martha Adams Sullivan, DSW, as Executive Director of Gouverneur Health. Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Gouverneur is part of New York City's public hospital system and is one of the State's largest diagnostic and treatment centers and also a skilled nursing facility. A social worker by training, Dr. Sullivan has served in several senior level management positions in hospitals, community based organizations and government, including previously as Director of Gouverneur's Behavioral Health program.
"Dr. Sullivan has an extensive track record of leadership and innovation, and she has demonstrated over the course of her career a significant commitment to providing quality community based care," said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. "Gouverneur is an essential part of the Lower East Side community, and Dr. Sullivan will ensure that it continues to provide quality healthcare to all patients regardless of their ability to pay."
Dr. Sullivan began her healthcare career on the Lower East Side and at Gouverneur Health. She worked in various leadership positions there for 16 years, including as Director for the Center for Older Adults and their Families, Director of Social Work and Director of Behavioral Health. She also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Community Liaison and Training at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Most recently, in her capacity as Vice President at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, she served as Executive Director of the Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center. She is currently the President of the National Association of Social Workers New York Chapter and is the Founder and Chair of the Citywide Mental Health Coalition for the Black Elderly. Dr. Sullivan is widely published in the fields of minority, family and mental health, and has served as an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work, and as a visiting faculty member and consultant for other academic institutions and City agencies.
"Dr. Sullivan brings a wealth of experience to HHC and Gouverneur Health, and she has many years of expertise leading groundbreaking healthcare initiatives and running complex organizations," said Lynda Curtis, HHC Senior Vice President for the South Manhattan Healthcare Network, which includes Gouverneur. "This experience is particularly important as Gouverneur Health is in the final stages of a $250 million modernization effort."
"Gouverneur Health has been offering quality affordable services to the Lower East Side for over a century," said Dr. Sullivan. "The facility has made tremendous strides in the last decade with its major modernization and introduction of cutting-edge healthcare models. Our goal is to be a welcoming medical home for our community that offers a full range of wellness and health services emphasizing prevention, all in one place. This really makes Gouverneur unique, and I am excited to rejoin the organization to support this important mission. "
Dr. Sullivan has received her bachelor of arts from NYU, a masters in social work from the Silberman School of Social Work, and a Doctor of Social Welfare degree from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She has been a Clinical Fellow at the Council on Social Work Education, and has received an advanced certificate in family therapy and supervision at the Minuchin Center for the Family.