Longtime community health advocate and employee of NYC Health + Hospitals (HHC) LaRay Brown was named President and CEO at Interfaith Medical Center.
“After a comprehensive, nationwide search that included an unprecedented engagement and inclusion process with Interfaith’s stakeholders, we are delighted to have emerged from the process with an outstanding CEO who possesses the vision, drive, credibility and expertise to lead Interfaith Medical Center through the next phase of its transformation, and ensure that IMC provides the best possible care for the people it serves,” said Dr. Robert M. Waterman, Chairman of Interfaith’s Board of Trustees and Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church.
He continued, ”Ms. Brown was a unanimous choice among Interfaith’s Board of Trustees and supported by a broad range of constituents who participated in the process. We believe she will raise the bar for quality and accountability for patient care.”
A nationally recognized advocate for community health and safety-net hospitals, Brown’s role at HHC has included strategic planning; the formulation and execution of legislative initiatives and advocacy strategies.
She has also taken the lead in expanding the public health care delivery system’s primary care footprint throughout New York City.
“I am very excited to be appointed President and CEO of Interfaith Medical Center, and look forward to working with the Board, leadership team, labor and community partners to provide the highest quality of care to the residents of Bedford Stuyvesant and neighboring communities,” said Brown. “My entire career has been committed to the expansion of access to high quality, culturally responsive health care and to engaging all stakeholders to achieve this aim. I am confident that, with our collective efforts at Interfaith, we will be successful.”
In conjunction with her 28-year tenure at HHC where she currently serves as Senior Vice President for Corporate Planning, Community Health and Intergovernmental Relations, Brown has worked as a member of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health care transition team and Medicaid Redesign Team Workgroups. She currently serves on the Board of the New York State Health Foundation and has served as the Chair of the Board for America’s Essential Hospitals. Prior to her current role at HHC, Ms. Brown held various leadership positions in the New Jersey Department of Human Services.
Brown graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received her graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Center for Government Policy. The recipient of numerous awards including the Commission on the Public’s Health System’s Marshall C. England Memorial Public Health Award in 2010, the CHCANYS Rosemarie Forstner Award in 2011 and the 2013 Community Impact Award from Comunilife, she has also been included in Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare.