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2018 Gala Honorees

Join PCDC as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and the following extraordinary leaders in primary care!

LaRay Brown

LaRay Brown
CEO, One Brooklyn Health
President & CEO, Interfaith Medical Center

LaRay Brown is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the One Brooklyn Health System, comprising twelve ambulatory care centers, three hospitals and three nursing homes in Central and Northeast Brooklyn. Ms. Brown also serves as the President and CEO of Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn.

She enjoyed a 28 year career with the largest municipal healthcare system in the nation; her last positions being that of Senior Vice President for Corporate Planning, Community Health and Intergovernmental Relations and Corporate Officer at the New York City Health and Hospitals (H&H). In this capacity, Ms. Brown directed strategic-planning efforts, formulated and executed legislative initiatives and advocacy strategies. She also spearheaded a variety of initiatives including implementation of comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs at several hospitals; the development of a community governed federally qualified health center on Staten Island; negotiations with state and federal officials for the development of a new long term care hospital and nursing facility in Harlem; the development of a public entity Federally Qualified Health Center comprised of H&H ambulatory care centers; as well as the development of hundreds of affordable and accessible apartments for the public hospital system’s long term care and hospital patients.

Ms. Brown is past Chairperson of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (now America’s Essential Hospitals). Ms. Brown served as a member of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health care transition and Medicaid Redesign teams. She also served on the Board of the New York State Health Foundation.

Ms. 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. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and mention in the Congressional Record. Ms. Brown has been named by “Modern Healthcare” as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.

Kenneth A. Burdick

Ken Burdick Honoree
Kenneth A. Burdick
Chief Executive Officer
WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

Ken was named CEO of WellCare Health Plans in January 2015. He leads the company in its mission to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare solutions for the company’s members, providers and government customers. Ken joined WellCare as president, national health plans, in January 2014. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer in June 2014 and was named a member of the board of directors in December 2014.

During his 38-year career in healthcare, Ken spent 14 years as an executive with UnitedHealth Group, rising through positions of increasing responsibility, including senior vice president, national underwriting, CEO of UnitedHealthcare and CEO of the company’s Secure Horizon retail Medicare business. He began his career at Cigna where he spent 15 years in various underwriting, sales and marketing roles.

Throughout his career, Ken has served on a number of boards, including the board of directors of the United Way in both Minneapolis and Phoenix. He currently sits on the board of directors for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Amherst College and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Rose Duhan

Rose Duhan
President & CEO
Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS)

Rose Duhan is the current CEO and President of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS). Ms. Duhan has worked extensively on health care policy inside and outside of government at both the state and local levels. Prior to coming to CHCANYS, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, where she assisted with development and implementation of the Governor’s health and behavioral health agenda. At the local government level, she worked for Albany County in the Department of Management and Budget, designing and implementing long term care system reform. Ms. Duhan’s experience also includes statewide policy development and advocacy for the New York Health Plan Association (HPA) and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).

The Community Health Care Association of New York State’s (CHCANYS) purpose is to ensure that all New Yorkers, including those who are medically underserved, have continuous access to high quality community-based health care services including a primary care home. To do this, CHCANYS serves as the voice of community health centers as leading providers of primary health care in New York State. The year was 1971 and the community health care movement was just beginning. In New York, a group of dedicated community health activists created what was then innovation in health care advocacy— the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS). Established to give a voice to the state’s network of community health centers as leading providers of primary care, CHCANYS is now seen as one of the premiere primary care associations in the country. CHCANYS not only works to increase access for those who would otherwise go without care through advocacy and education but also creates major new programs and initiatives that showcase community health centers as centers of excellence. CHCANYS defines new directions in primary care delivery at the more than 65 federally qualified health centers with approximately 650 sites throughout the state. From clinical excellence to health information technology, from emergency preparedness to eliminating health care disparities, CHCANYS’ goal is to provide community health centers with the resources needed to provide high quality, community-based primary care to anyone in need regardless of their ability to pay.

Special Tribute

PCDC is proud to salute our past and present Board Chairs

Rick Cotton Rick Cotton
Executive Director of The Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey
PCDC Board Chair 1993-2001

Rick Cotton became Executive Director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on August 14, 2017. Prior to joining the Port Authority, since January 2015, Mr. Cotton served as Governor Cuomo’s Special Counsellor for Interagency Initiatives, serving as the point person within the Governor’s office for most of the Governor’s major downstate infrastructure priorities including LaGuardia and JFK Airports, the Moynihan Train Hall and Penn-Farley Complex, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, the expansion of the Javits Center, and the MTA’s Second Avenue Subway project. Mr. Cotton joined the administration following 25 years at NBC Universal, where he held a number of positions beginning in 1989, including 20 years as EVP and General Counsel and four years in London as President and Managing Director of CNBC Europe. He also served as Executive Secretary to the Department at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare under Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Jr. and Special Assistant for Renewable Energy to Deputy Secretary of Energy John Sawhill at the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Cotton received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, and served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bruce Vladeck, PhD Bruce Vladeck, PhD
Senior Advisor to the Greater New York
Hospital Association
PCDC Board Chair 2003-2006

Having recently retired after 43 years of full-time employment, Bruce C. Vladeck currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Greater New York Hospital Association, and as a consultant to a number of other health care organizations. He also chairs the Board of Medicare Rights Center, and serves on the boards of Penn Medicine and the Foundation of the American Society of Healthcare Pharmacists. During his professional career, Vladeck held a number of senior positions, including: Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey State Department of Health (1979-1982); President, United Hospital Fund (1983-1993); Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration (1993-1997); Senior Vice President, Mount Sinai Medical Center (1998-2003); and Interim President, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (2006-2007). He has also been a member of the full-time faculty at Columbia University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and has held adjunct appointments at Rutgers, Princeton, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology. Previously, Vladeck also served as a trustee or director of many organizations, including New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Ascension Health, the Hadassah Hospital, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Care for the Homeless, the Primary Care Development Corporation; and the March of Dimes. Vladeck received his BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He is the author of Unloving Care: The Nursing Home Tragedy (Basic Books, 1980), still considered the standard reference on nursing home policy in the United States, and of more than one hundred articles in the professional literature.

Daniel T. McGowan Daniel T. McGowan
PCDC Board Chair

Mr. McGowan is the Chairman of Hygea Health Holdings and former President and Chief Operating Officer of HIP Health Plans (now EmblemHealth). Previously, Mr. McGowan was Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York. In prior positions he served as Vice President for Planning and Program Development at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Executive Director of the Nassau-Suffolk Health Systems Agency on Long Island and Executive Director of the Health Systems Agency of New York City. Mr. McGowan graduated with a BA in Psychology from Marquette University and received an MS from Northern Illinois University in Administration of Health and Mental Health Services.

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
President, The New York Academy of Medicine
PCDC Board Chair 2001-2002

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is immediate past President of The New York Academy of Medicine and President of the International Society for Urban Health (2017-9). Effective January 1, 2018 she became Clinical Professor of Global Public Health at the College of Global Public Health at New York University where she is also Emeritus Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine. She served as Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from June 1997 to November 2002. Prior to that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she was the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997. She served in a variety of senior positions in and as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal system in the United States, from December 1985 until October 1989. In NYC, she currently serves on the Board of the United Hospital Fund and NYC Health and Hospitals and is on the Boards of the National Hispanic Health Foundation and the Health Effects Institute. She was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) in 1992 and served on its Board on Global Health and served two four-year terms as its Foreign Secretary from 2003 to 2011. She was elected to membership of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2015 and has been a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine since 1989. Dr. Boufford attended Wellesley College for two years and received her BA (Psychology) magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, and her MD, with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is Board Certified in pediatrics.