NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD, Ranked Fourth on City and State’s ‘Pride Power 100’ List
Dr. Katz is credited with leading the organization during the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding access to health care, and leading the financial turnaround of the nation’s largest municipal health care system.
New York, NY
NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mitchell Katz, MD has been appointed to New York City and State’s 2022 Pride Power 100 List. Ranked fourth, Dr. Katz is credited with leading the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding access to healthcare by initiating Care in New York for New Yorkers who do not qualify or cannot afford other health coverage options, and to stabilize the health care system by closing a structural deficit of approximately $2 billion. In March, the NYC Health + Hospitals Board of Directors unanimously confirmed its support for Dr. Katz to continue as President and CEO following the renomination of Mayor Eric Adams.
“It’s an honor to be recognized among so many incredible LGBTQ+ advocates,” said Dr Katz. “But I want to take this opportunity to shine a light on the truly inspiring health heroes at NYC Health+ hospitals who provide responsive, compassionate, and respectful care to thousands of LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. Health care is a human right, regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity.
City & State’s “Pride Power 100” list honors NYC’s LGBTQ+ leaders who serve in local and state government and lead organizations, nonprofits, businesses and other institutions that shape the region’s landscape in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. It’s the second consecutive year Dr. Katz made the list and ranked in the top ten.
Since Dr. Katz’s appointment in 2018, the health system has dramatically expanded access to health care, including the creation of NYC Care, a universal health access program that provides care to more than 100,000 Uninsured New Yorkers. He oversaw the creation of a modern electronic health record system, increased the number of nurses working in the system, developed a modern ambulance transport system, and launched new street outreach programs to improve the health of New- Homeless Yorkers. He also led the financial turnaround of NYC Health + Hospitals by eliminating the deficit by enrolling more New Yorkers in health insurance and billing insurance plans appropriately.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Katz provided strategic advice to Mayor Bill de Blasio, while leading the municipal health system’s response to the influx of patients that peaked at a peak of 3,700 patients, requiring tripling critical care capacity at its 11 hospitals to save New Yorkers. As the epicenter of the epicenter, NYC Health + Hospitals became the trusted care provider for thousands of New Yorkers, led the city’s Test & Trace operation, and administered more than 1.3 million of COVID-19 vaccines.
Previously, Dr. Katz served as director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency, which consolidates the departments of health services, public health and mental health into a single entity to provide integrated care and programs. in Los Angeles. The Agency has a budget of $7 billion, 28,000 employees and a large number of community partners. Dr. Katz served as director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), the second largest public safety net system in the United States. During this time, he created the Ambulatory Care Network and consolidated over 350,000 patients into a primary care home. It eliminated the DHS deficit through increased revenue and decreased administrative expenses, and used ACA funding to pay for a new integrated electronic health care system. It moved more than 4,000 medically complex patients from hospitals and emergency departments into self-contained accommodation, 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 Chief Health Officer of the San Francisco Department of Health for 13 years. He is well known for funding needle exchange, creating Healthy San Francisco, banning the sale of tobacco in pharmacies, and winning ballots to rebuild Laguna Honda Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital.
He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Medical School. He completed a residency in internal medicine at UCSF Medical School and was an RWJ Clinical Investigator. Dr. Katz continues to practice as a primary care physician and sees patients at NYC Health + Hospitals/Governor on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
He is associate editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (formerly Institute of Medicine), and a recipient of the Los Angeles County Medical Association 2015 Healthcare Champion of the year award.