HHC Board of Directors
Reverend Diane E. Lacey
Vice Chair & Acting Chair of the Board
The Rev. Diane E. Lacey is Vice-Chair of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Board of Directors and holds the record for having served on the HHC Board for the for the longest period of time. Presently, the Rev. Lacey is Pastor of The Church of Gethsemane Presbyterian Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The Church of Gethsemane is a congregation created by and for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons; their families, neighborhood residents, and people who feel called to ministry with the poor.
In addition to her ministry, the Rev. Lacey has worked and volunteered extensively in the health field. She was an administrator of a comprehensive health center, director of Volunteer Services at (defunct) Sydenham Hospital, director of development at a voluntary hospital and has lectured and organized on health advocacy issues.
The Rev. Lacey, a true New Yorker, was born in Harlem Hospital and continues to live in the Harlem community.
The Rev. Lacey is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she earned a B.A. degree in Sociology and Psychology and the New York Theological Seminary, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree.
Ramanathan Raju, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Ramanathan (Ram) Raju, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal healthcare system in the nation. Dr. Raju was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014 to lead the 37,000 employees of this $6.7 billion corporation, which includes 11 acute care hospitals, five nursing homes, six large diagnostic and treatment centers, more than 70 community-based health centers, a large home care agency, and one of the New York area's largest providers of government-sponsored health insurance, MetroPlus Health Plan, the plan of choice for nearly half a million New Yorkers. Last year, HHC facilities served 1.4 million New Yorkers -- including more than 475,000 uninsured.
Prior to accepting the role of President and CEO at HHC, Dr. Raju was the Chief Executive Officer for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) in Chicago, Illinois, and the third largest public health system in the country. During his tenure there, Dr. Raju turned the financial status of the system around, improving the cash flow by over 100 million dollars. His proposed healthcare delivery model fetched the much coveted 1115 Waiver to the Social Security Act, enabling the creation of CountyCare, an Illinois Medicaid program to provide coverage for low-income adults in Cook County, and leading to health coverage for more than 82,000 Cook County residents.
Under his leadership, CCHHS received meaningful use designation for advancement in information technology, specifically the electronic medical record; and improvements in the supply chain management which is expected to yield millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers in the years to come.
A positive patient experience, which was a major focus of Dr. Raju’s leadership at CCHHS, was reflected by the improved Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers (HCAPHs) scores, and in the reduction of wait times in the Emergency Department to less than two hours. The clinical improvements at CCHHS include The Joint Commission accreditation for both Cook County public hospitals as well as its ambulatory clinic network. Dr. Raju's further recognition that patients are more likely to use care they can access near their home resulted in the development of a network of more than 130 primary care access points through partnerships with FQHCs, safety-net and community hospitals, academic medical centers and private doctors.
Dr. Raju began his medical career at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn and went on to serve as the COO and Medical Director at HHC's Coney Island Hospital. Then in 2006, he became the HHC Chief Medical Officer, Corporate Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. While he served there, HHC continued to climb and reach great heights in quality, patient safety and healthcare data transparency.
Dr. Raju attended Madras Medical College to earn his medical diploma and his Master of Surgery degree. He underwent further training in England and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Dr. Raju is also a physician executive, having obtained an MBA from the University of Tennessee and CPE from the American College of Physician Executives.
Dr. Raju is the recipient of numerous national recognitions. In 2013, he was named Business Leader of Color by Chicago United. Modern Healthcare Magazine named him one of the top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for two years running, and one of the 50 most influential Physician Executives in Healthcare in 2013. Also in 2013, Becker's Hospital Review designated him as one of 20 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Follow on Twitter.
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Josephine Bolus, RN, MS, CNP, APRN-BC
Registered Nurse (Retired)
Chair, Strategic Planning and Community Relations Committee
Member, All other standing committees of the Board
Mrs. Bolus began her nursing career in 1971, receiving an AAS degree in Nursing from
New York City Community College. She then served the Kings County Hospital
Center patient community as a Staff Nurse in the Pediatric Emergency Room. In 1975,
Mrs. Bolus completed the Kings County Hospital/State University of Health Science
Center Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program and thereafter served as a certified Pediatric
Nurse Practitioner until her retirement in 1997.
As a champion for the recognition of the vital role of nurses and their contribution to
the delivery of health care, Mrs. Bolus pioneered the establishment of certification guidelines
for the nurse practitioner in New York State. She also served as Preceptor for Pediatric
Nurse Practitioner students at Columbia University and for Registered Nursing students at
Kingsborough Community College.
Her post-retirement activities include: Founder, Retired RN Network; former Second
Vice Chairperson of the Community Advisory Board at the Dr. Susan Smith McKinney
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; former Member, New York State Nurses Association;
Member, NYS House of Delegates, American Nurses Association; Member, Brooklyn
College Alumni Board; President, Brooklyn’s Canarsie Lions; Member, NYPD 69th
Precinct Community Council; Usher and past President, Rosary Society of St. Jude’s
Church. Mrs. Bolus also serves on all 10 of HHC board committees – namely, Audit, Capital,
Executive, Equal Employment Opportunity, Finance, Quality Assurance, Medical &
Professional Affairs/Information Technology; as well as Strategic Planning and Community
Relations, which she chairs. Mrs. Bolus serves on the HHC Board as the City Council designee for Brooklyn.
In addition to her AAS, Mrs. Bolus also earned a Bachelors of Health Science from Brooklyn College and Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.
Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
President, N.Y. Academy of Medicine
Member, Audit Committee
Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is President of The New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Boufford is Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. She served as Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from June 1997 to November 2002. Prior to that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she served as the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997. She served as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest municipal system in the United States, from December 1985 until October 1989.
Dr. Boufford currently serves on the boards of the United Hospital Fund, the Primary Care Development Corporation and Public Health Solutions, formerly MHRA. She was President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in 2002–2003 and was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992 and is a member of its Executive Council, Board on Global Health and Board on African Science Academy Development. She was elected to serve a second four-year term as the Foreign Secretary of the IOM beginning July 1, 2010.
Dr. Boufford also received an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn, in May 1992 and the New York Medical College in May 2007. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2005 and has been a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine since 1988, and a Trustee since 2004.
Dr. Boufford attended Wellesley College for two years and received her BA (Psychology) magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, and her MD, with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is Board Certified in pediatrics.
Vincent Calamia, MD
Physician – Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Endocrinology
Member, Medical and Professional Affairs / Information Technology Committee
Dr. Vincent Calamia is a board-certified endocrinologist, internist and geriatric medicine specialist. Since July 2010, he has been a consultant for Ambulatory Care Development at Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island. He is also Medical Director of the Hamilton Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn. From November 2006 to May 2010, he was Chief Executive Officer of Victory Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn, where he developed and negotiated budgets, managed hospital safety and quality programs and oversaw hospital regulatory compliance, among other duties. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer of Victory Memorial Hospital, where he worked aggressively to expand successful geriatric and primary care initiatives that significantly increased admissions and reduced a $6 million deficit. Dr. Calamia also was Vice President of Strategic Planning for Victory Memorial from 2003 through 2006.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Calamia was Chief of Geriatrics from 1991 through 2002 at Staten Island University Hospital, where he created the Geriatric Division at the 650-bed teaching facility. Since 1989, he has been President and CEO of the University Physicians Group, one of the largest physician groups in New York City, employing more than 60 physicians in multiple locations with revenues exceeding $30 million.
Dr. Calamia was president of the Richmond County Medical Society from 2009 to 2010 and has been a board member of the Medical Society of the State of New York’s Steering Committee on Legislation and Physician Advocacy since 2005, among other elected and appointed board positions.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his MD from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He also received a Masters of Science degree in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Herbert F. Gretz III, MD
Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
Chair, Quality Assurance Committee
Dr. Herbert F. Gretz is an Associate Clinical Professor and the Director of the Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery Division and Director of the Minimally Invasive Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Gretz completed his Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He was an Assistant Professor at the Weill Cornell Medical School and an Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital from 1993 through 1999, when he joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Gretz is known throughout the New York metropolitan region as a highly skilled surgeon with unique laparoscopic abilities. Dr. Gretz oversees the training of residents and fellows in gynecologic oncology and gynecologic minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Gretz received his MD degree from New York Medical College and his MBA from Columbia University Business School.
Hillary Kunins, MD, MPH
Director, Community Mental Health Services
Executive Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Executive Director, SHAREing & CAREing
Member, Strategic Planning Committee
Anna Kril has been a community activist for over 25 years. Since 1993, she has focused on women’s healthcare after experiencing first-hand healthcare disparities. In 1994, Ms. Kril founded SHAREing & CAREing, a not-for-profit breast cancer support organization based in Queens. For the past 14 years she has served as Executive Director of the organization. Ms. Kril has made immeasurable contributions to the community she serves by providing access to life saving services for thousands of women and men who are uninsured or underinsured.
Ms. Kril was a member of the community advisory board of Elmhurst Hospital Center from 1994 to 2002, where she served as Chairperson of the Women’s Health Committee. She also was a member of Community Board #1 in Queens for 20 years and served as Chairperson of the Board’s Health Committee.
A first-generation American, Ms. Krill began her special relationship with HHC from the moment of her birth at Bellevue Hospital Center.
Robert F. Nolan
Retired Budget Director, Bronx Borough President’s Office
Member, Community Relations & Strategic Planning Committees
In June 2011, Robert F. Nolan was appointed a Member of the Board of Directors for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation as the City Council Designee for the Borough of the Bronx. He is currently serving on the Board’s Community Relations Committee.
Mr. Nolan retired from the Office of the Bronx Borough President approaching 30 years of service. He served as Budget Director for the Bronx Borough President's Office and was responsible for the oversight of more than 200 programs funded by the office, including a multimillion-dollar capital budget program of improvements to schools, libraries, parks and cultural institutions.
Prior to serving as Budget Director, Mr. Nolan served in several positions in the Bronx Borough Presidents office, including Deputy for Intergovernmental Affairs and Director of Operations.
From the late 1970s into the 1980s, Mr. Nolan was the Director of Economic Development and is justly proud to have written the proposal that resulted in the creation of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, a program through which many small businesses received affordable loans from the federal government which, in turn, helped revitalize the Bronx.
Mr. Nolan is a lifelong resident of Bronx County and a graduate of Fordham University.
Mark N. Page
Retired Budget Director
NYC Office of Management and Budget
Member, Finance Committee
Member, Executive, Finance, Governance and Strategic Planning Committees
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appointed Bernard Rosen in March 1998. He sits on a number
of subcommittees of the HHC Board, including the Finance Committee. In addition, Mr. Rosen
is the Chairperson of the MetroPlus Health Plan Board of Directors, an HHC subsidiary corporation.
Mr. Rosen retired from New York City Government after 35 years of service. For 27 of those years, Mr. Rosen was employed by the New York City Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a Senior Analyst, and rose through the ranks to First Deputy Director.
During his years of service in OMB, Mr. Rosen was responsible for various assignments: He was the OMB liaison to the task force that implemented the original Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) which became operative in 1977 and was until recently, the major accounting and budgeting system for the city. As a result of the financial emergency in 1975, he played a key role in developing the city's first multi-year financial plan, as well as restructuring the monthly and quarterly financial reporting systems. As a senior member of the OMB, he worked closely with the Director in formulating options for the Mayor, which led to final proposals that were included in the city's Operating Budget and Financial Plan. He also worked closely with representatives of the New York City Comptroller's Office and the independent auditors in the preparation of the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. In addition, Mr. Rosen represented the Budget Director on the New York City Audit Committee.
In addition to his role as a member of the New York City Health and Hospitals
Corporation Board of Directors, Mr. Rosen remains very active in various public sector activities since his retirement from OMB. Mr. Rosen has been a part-time consultant at the Metropolitan Transit Authority since May 1996.
Mr. Rosen earned a Masters in Business Administration in Accounting and a BBA in Statistics
From the Baruch College of the City University of New York.
Emily A. Youssouf
Board Member, NYC Housing Authority
Chair, HHC Board Audit Committee
Member, Audit, Capital and Finance Committees
Emily A. Youssouf is a veteran in the fields of finance and housing, with more than 30 years of leadership and strong results in the private and public sectors. Her background encompasses a breadth of experience with complex financial instruments, as well as turnarounds of troubled organizations. Ms. Youssouf chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Capital and Finance Committee of the board of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation.
Ms. Youssouf is a Clinical Professor at NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, a master’s program where she teaches courses in Real Estate Capital Markets and Affordable Housing Finance. She is also a consultant whose clients have included the Rockefeller Foundation and the New York City Partnership. Previously, Ms. Youssouf was a Managing Director at JP Morgan Securities, where she was head of the Housing Finance Department.
In 2003, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Ms. Youssouf President of the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC). Under her direction, HDC became the number-one issuer of multifamily affordable housing bonds in the country from 2004 through 2007. During Ms. Youssouf’s tenure, HDC issued $7 billion in bonds, financed 37,000 units of affordable housing in NYC and increased total assets to $9 billion from $2.3 billion.
Ms. Youssouf belongs to several civic and charitable boards in addition to HHC, including the Citizens Budget Commission, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council; the New York City Housing Authority; the New York City School Construction Authority and the New York State Job Development Authority.
Ms. Youssouf is a graduate of Wagner College with Honors, and holds an MA in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy.