Alan D. Aviles 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. Mr. Aviles was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in February 2005 to lead the 37,000 employees of this $6.7 billion corporation, which includes 11 acute care facilities, four nursing homes, six large diagnostic and treatment centers, more than 70 community-based clinics, a large home care agency, and a Medicaid managed care plan with more than 430,000 enrollees. Last year, HHC facilities served 1.4 million New Yorkers that reflect the diversity of this global city – including more than 475,000 uninsured.
Under Mr. Aviles’ leadership, the city’s public healthcare system, while remaining steadfast in its mission to provide quality care to all who come through the doors regardless of their ability to pay, is also experiencing a dynamic transformation. Highlighted by a largely completed $1.3 billion capital program to rebuild and modernize its aging infrastructure, today’s HHC is securing a national reputation for quality medical care and leadership in patient-centered initiatives.
To achieve a vision for HHC focused on increasingly safe, efficient, effective and patient-centered care, Mr. Aviles is leading efforts to better manage chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma, address healthcare disparities by increasing access, invest capital dollars strategically, and use cutting-edge technology to enhance efficiency, quality and patient safety. This activist agenda drives New York City’s public healthcare facilities toward state-of-the-art treatment and sustained competitiveness in a tumultuous healthcare environment.
Mr. Aviles’ experience in public service dates back to the late 1970s. Before entering the healthcare field, Mr. Aviles spent his career fighting for social justice as a lawyer and former Assistant Attorney General. His longstanding involvement in civil rights litigation includes a groundbreaking 1982 lawsuit that challenged discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients, and later litigation that led the United States Supreme Court to compel a major skilled trade apprenticeship program to open its doors to qualified minority candidates for the first time. During the past sixteen years he has served in several leadership roles within HHC. Before his appointment as President/CEO, Mr. Aviles served as HHC’s General Counsel. He also previously led one of HHC’s seven regional healthcare networks.
Mr. Aviles’ engagement as a healthcare leader extends beyond the HHC system. He serves on the Boards of a number of organizations, including the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Healthcare Association of New York State, the American Hospital Association, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Primary Care Development Corporation, and Public Health Solutions (formerly MHRA). He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals, and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Mr. Aviles is a native of the Bronx and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a recipient of Modern Healthcare magazine’s CEO IT Achievement Award, and has repeatedly been listed among Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.