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February 20, 2015
Anthony Rajkumar Named Executive Director of Metropolitan Hospital Center
New York, NY - The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President and CEO, Ram Raju M.D., today announced that Anthony Rajkumar has been appointed Executive Director of HHC Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC). Located in East Harlem, Metropolitan is an acute care, teaching hospital providing comprehensive healthcare and supportive services to residents of East Harlem and surrounding communities. Metropolitan is a full-service community hospital, with 338 certified beds and over 90 primary and specialty services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, a comprehensive surgery department, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, and a behavioral health pavilion with inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs.

“Mr. Rajkumar brings a wealth of experience to Metropolitan, with nearly 30 years of experience managing health care operations,” said HHC President Dr. Ram Raju. “He has invaluable experience in delivering quality care to patients in urban settings, as well as a passion for serving those who are most vulnerable or have difficulty accessing medical care. I am confident he will bring the same level of excellence and leadership to his new role as Executive Director.”

“I am very excited to be leading Metropolitan Hospital Center during this dynamic and transformative moment in healthcare,” said Mr. Rajkumar. “I am committed to working closely with our staff and community to provide the best quality care and address the health care needs of our patients and their families. Our goal is to make Metropolitan the community hospital of choice for our neighbors in East Harlem and beyond. We aim to improve the health outcomes of our community by providing high quality ambulatory and inpatient care and health education, at the hospital and throughout the neighborhoods we serve.”

Prior to joining Metropolitan, Mr. Rajkumar served as the Chief Operating Officer at North Central Bronx Hospital, where he was instrumental in the restoration of labor and delivery services to the facility. He previously worked as Chief Business Officer at the Cook County Hospital System (CCHS), in Chicago. In this capacity he was responsible for the provision of non-clinical services to support the System’s inpatient, outpatient, and managed care business units and successfully streamlined and improved operations at all levels of the organization.

For the roughly 25 years Mr. Rajkumar was at HHC prior to his tenure at CCHS, he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility, including Acting Chief Operating Officer at HHC Kings County Hospital Center, Deputy Executive Director for Operations and Support Services at Kings County, Senior Associate Executive Director at HHC Queens Hospital Center, and On-site Administrator for the HHC East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center.

Mr. Rajkumar holds a Master of Science in Health Services Management and Policy from The New School and a Bachelor of Science from Regents College.
Contact: Noel Alicea, 212-423-8162, noel.alicea@nychhc.org

About Metropolitan Hospital Center
Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC) is the community hospital of choice for residents of East Harlem, northern Manhattan and neighboring communities. MHC provides culturally-sensitive care in a welcoming and hospitable setting, emphasizing primary care medicine and utilizing the latest advances in medical science. Metropolitan is part of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country. For more information, please visit www.nyc.gov/mhc

About HHC
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system, the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country, 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. HHC serves 1.4 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, five skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC received the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission's John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/hhc or find us on facebook.com/nycHHC or twitter.com/HHCnyc.

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