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NEW YORK, NY, May 8, 2009—The United Hospital Fund is presenting Distinguished Trustee Awards to 39 trustees from metropolitan area hospitals at a luncheon today at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  The honorees are being recognized for their leadership, generosity, and extraordinary service to not-for-profit and municipal hospitals in New York City and nearby communities.

For the first time in the 19 years that the United Hospital Fund has bestowed Distinguished Trustee Awards, honorees from outside New York City are also being recognized. The 39 honorees are all trustees from the Fund’s beneficiary not-for-profit hospitals, New York’s municipal hospital system, and hospitals participating in the United Hospital Fund/Greater New York Hospital Association quality improvement collaboratives. The theme of this year’s event is “Saluting exemplary service and recognizing groundbreaking partnerships improving quality and patient safety.”

Among the award recipients are prominent leaders in business, medicine, education, and law, as well as those involved in human services and volunteerism.  (See the list of honorees and the hospitals they serve, below.) TD Bank (through its charitable giving arm, the TD Charitable Foundation) is the generous underwriter of the 2009 Tribute to Hospital Trustees, reflecting its commitment to hospitals and health care in New York, community involvement as a corporate value, and customer focus.  Greg Braca, President of Metro New York for TD Bank, joined United Hospital Fund President James R. Tallon, Jr. and luncheon co-chairmen Patricia S. Levinson and Howard P. Milstein in recognizing the 39 Distinguished Trustees honored at the event. 

The luncheon co-chairmen are themselves both longstanding board members of New York health care institutions. A previous recipient of the Distinguished Trustee Award, Ms. Levinson is both a trustee of The Mount Sinai Hospital and an active and committed member of the Fund’s board since 1994, as well as its vice chairman since 2006.  Mr. Milstein, in addition to being the chair, president, and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank, has served on the board of Weill Cornell Medical College for more than 20 years and joined the Fund’s board in 2005; he also serves as chair of the New York Blood Center and American Skin Association.

The trustees were nominated by their respective institutions, which include community hospitals, academic medical centers, and public hospitals representing all five boroughs of New York City and nearby communities in both New York and New Jersey.

“Metropolitan area hospitals have certainly faced their share of challenges this past year, and, as has happened countless times over the past 150 years, our voluntary leaders have played a key role in addressing those challenges,” said Fund President James R. Tallon, Jr.  “Often, voluntary leaders are in a unique position to bring specialized knowledge and expertise to the table, to be sensitive to community needs, and to focus attention on specific issues and concerns from a different perspective. The leaders we honor today are among the region’s best at guiding their institutions when help has been needed most. That’s why we at the United Hospital Fund feel privileged to have this opportunity to recognize the exemplary efforts of this remarkable group of voluntary leaders.”

The United Hospital Fund is a health services research and philanthropic organization whose mission is to shape positive change in health care for the people of New York.

 

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United Hospital Fund

2009 Distinguished Trustees

 

 

John W. Alexander

Staten Island University Hospital

Victor A. Ayala

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

 

Peter R. Barra, MD

Flushing Hospital Medical Center

 

Richard A. Berman

Westchester Medical Center

 

Edgar M. Cullman

The Mount Sinai Medical Center

 

Caroline A. Davis

Lenox Hill Hospital

 

Joan DePrizio

New York Methodist Hospital

 

Hector Estepan, MD

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center

 

Lizanne Fontaine

The Brooklyn Hospital Center

 

Livingston S. Francis

North General Hospital

 

Lai Wah Fung

New York Downtown Hospital


Jonathan N. Grayer

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

 

Eugene P. Heslin, MD

The Kingston Hospital

 

Arthur Kalish

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System

 

David H. Komansky

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

 

Reverend Diane E. Lacey

New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation

 

William A. LeDoux

Benedictine Hospital

 

Howard H. Lee

New York Hospital Queens

 

Royden A. Letsen, Esq.

St. John's Riverside Hospital

 

Susan Liebowitz

The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

 

Gerald Luterman

Lutheran Medical Center

 

Carol R. Maslow

Continuum Health Partners, Inc.

 

George W. Miner, MD

Nassau Health Care Corporation

 

Joseph Muré, Jr., Esq.

Peninsula Hospital Center

 

Bishop Dr. R.C. Hugh Nelson

The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

 

John Nikas

New York Community Hospital


Steven D. Oppenheim

Maimonides Medical Center

 

Douglas A. Phillips, CPA

NYU Langone Medical Center

 

Victor M. Richel

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

 

Vincent L. Riso

St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children

 

Kathryn Krause Rooney, Esq.

Richmond University Medical Center

 

Susan W. Rose

Hospital for Special Surgery

 

Howard Safir

St. Barnabas Hospital

 

Joseph Semidei

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

 

Joseph Simunovich

Hackensack University Medical Center

 

Gerald C. Tobin, Esq.

Calvary Hospital

 

The Right Reverend Orris G. Walker, Jr.

Episcopal Health Services Inc. Interfaith Medical Center

 

Kenneth D. Weiser

Montefiore Medical Center

 

Vaughn C. Williams

Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers

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