NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, PhD, ranked fourth on the Pride Power 100 list by city and state
Dr. Katz is recognized for leading the organization during the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding access to health care and leading the financial turnaround of the country’s largest municipal health system.
New York, New York
NYC Health + Hospitals announced today that its President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD, is on the 2022 City & State New York Pride Power 100 list. Mr. Katz is recognized for leading the health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding access to health care by launching NYC Care for New Yorkers who are ineligible or unable to afford other health care options, and for stabilizing the health care system by closing a structural deficit of approximately $ 2 billion. In March, the NYC Health + Hospitals Board of Directors unanimously reaffirmed its support for Dr. Katz to continue as president and CEO following the re-nomination of Mayor Eric Adams.
“I am honored to be recognized among so many amazing LGBTQ + advocates,” he said. Dr. Katz. “But I want to take this opportunity to shed light on the truly inspiring NYC Health + Hospitals, who provide responsive, compassionate and respectful care to thousands of LGBTQ + New Yorkers. Healthcare is a human right, regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity. “
The City & State Pride Power 100 list honors LGBTQ + leaders in New York City who serve in local and state government, as well as lead organizations, nonprofits, companies and other institutions shaping the region’s landscape in the LGBTQ + community and beyond. her. This is the second year in a row that Dr. Katz is on the list and in the top ten.
Since Dr. Katz’s appointment in 2018, the health care system has significantly expanded access to health care, including the creation of NYC Care, a universal health care access program that provides care to more than 100,000 uninsured New Yorkers. He led the creation of a modern electronic system for health records, increased the number of nurses working in the system, developed a modern transport system for ambulances and launched new street work programs to improve the health of homeless New Yorkers. He also led the financial turnaround of NYC Health + Hospitals, eliminating the deficit by enrolling more New Yorkers in health insurance and appropriately charging insurance plans.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Katz provided strategic guidance to Mayor Bill de Blasio, while directing the municipal health system’s response to an increase in patients reaching a maximum of 3,700 patients, requiring a tripling of the intensive care unit capacity at its 11 hospitals. to save New Yorkers. As the epicenter of the epicenter, NYC Health + Hospitals has become a trusted provider of care for thousands of New Yorkers, leading the city’s Operation Test & Trace and administering more than 1.3 million vaccines against COVID-19.
Prior to that, Dr. Katz was director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency, which brings together the health, public health, and mental health departments to provide integrated care and programming in Los Angeles. The agency has a budget of $ 7 billion, 28,000 employees and a large number of community partners. Dr. Katz was director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health (DHS), the second largest public safety system in the United States. During this time, he set up an outpatient care network and sent more than 350,000 patients to a primary care home. It eliminates the DHS deficit through increased revenue and reduced administrative costs and uses ACA funding to pay for a new integrated eHealth system. It has moved more than 4,000 sophisticated patients from hospitals and emergency departments to stand-alone homes, eliminating unnecessary, expensive hospital care and giving patients the dignity of their own home.
Prior to coming to Los Angeles, Dr. Katz served as director and health officer at the San Francisco Department of Health for 13 years. He is well known for funding needle exchanges, establishing Healthy San Francisco, banning the sale of tobacco in pharmacies, and winning votes to restore Laguna Honda Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital.
He graduated from Yale College and Harvard Medical School. He graduated from the Department of Internal Medicine at UCSF Medical School and was a clinical scientist at RWJ. Dr. Katz continues to practice as a primary care physician and accepts patients at NYC Health + Hospitals / Gouverneur in Lower East Manhattan.
He is the Deputy Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and the winner of the Los Angeles County Medical Association Award for Champion of the Year in Healthcare 2015.