Donald Ashkenase has served as Executive Vice President – Corporate of Montefiore Medical Center from 1988 to 2009. He came to Montefiore Medical Center in 1987 as the Chief Financial Officer. In 1988 Don became Executive Vice President - Corporate with organizational responsibility for all the corporate functions in Planning, Legal, Facilities Development, Marketing, Development, Management Information Systems and the Care Management Organization.
Over the 20 years that he has been at Montefiore, he has seen the organization grow from $500 million in revenue to $3.0 billion. Montefiore provides over 90,000 discharges, 3.0 million ambulatory care visits, the second largest emergency room in the United States with close to 290,000 visits per year. Montefiore is the University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
As of January 1, 2010 he has assumed the role of Special Advisor to the President responsible for Governmental Relations. Mr. Ashkenase graduated in 1965 from Brooklyn College with a BA degree with a major in Accounting. He was in the last ROTC class at Brooklyn College. He then received his Masters Degree in Hospital Administration from Wagner College, Staten Island.
After Don graduated from Brooklyn College, he served four years in the United States Air Force, at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. He was a hospital administrator in a 75 bed hospital and rose to the rank of Captain.
When he left the Air Force in 1969 he went to work for what was then the Department of Hospitals in New York City as an Assistant Administrator at Metropolitan Hospital on 96th Street and 1st Avenue. In 1970 the Department of Hospitals became known as the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation. In 1971 he went to Cumberland Hospital where he was the Associate Administrator for Ambulatory Care. In 1973, Don went to work at HHC’s central office where he progressed from Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President Operations to become the Corporation’s Budget Director and eventually the Chief Financial Officer for what at that time was a $1.1 billion corporation controlling 18 city hospitals.
Mr. Ashkenase left NYCHHC in 1977 to become Chief Financial Officer at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Long Island Jewish until 1987 when he left to become the Chief Financial Officer at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
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