Howard C. Co­hen, hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Howard C. Co­hen, a re­tired hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor and Army vet­eran, died Satur­day of kid­ney fail­ure at Si­nai Hos­pi­tal. Hewas 80.

The son of Mur­ray Co­hen, a jew­eler and jew­elry store owner, and Sarah Kramer Co­hen, a schoolteacher, Howard Charles Co­hen was born and raised in Brook­lyn, N.Y., and grad­u­ated in 1954 from Tilden High School.

He at­tended New York Univer­sity School of Com­merce, and upon grad­u­a­tion en­listed in the Army, where he served as an ar­tillery­man.

In 1961, Mr. Co­hen mar­ried San­dra Schum­sky, and the day they re­turned from their hon­ey­moon he was re­called to ac­tive duty dur­ing the Ber­lin Wall cri­sis, fam­ily mem­bers said.

From 1966 to 1973, Mr. Co­hen worked in dis­burse­ments for New York Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

He then joined the New York City Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp., also known as HHC. Dur­ing his ten­ure there, he was se­nior vice pres­i­dent of its South­ern Man­hat­tan Net­work and act­ing vice pres­i­dent of fi­nance.

He also held po­si­tions at sev­eral city hos­pi­tals, in­clud­ing Belle­vue Hos­pi­tal and Bronx Mu­nic­i­pal Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter.

For the last 15 years of his ca­reer, Mr. Co­hen was ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Coney Is­land Hos­pi­tal, where he was rec­og­nized by the Anti-Defama­tion League for his ef­forts in bring­ing to­gether di­verse sec­tions of the com­mu­nity.

He was also cited by the Daily News in 1992 for es­tab­lish­ing a ded­i­cated space for weekly prayer ser­vices for Mus­lim em­ploy­ees. “I think that we’re got some­thing to say to the rest of the city about get­ting along,” he told the news­pa­per at the time.

In 1992, Mr. Co­hen re­ceived a State De­part­ment grant through the Amer­i­can Health Al­liance and trav­eled to Ukraine to help that coun­try’s health care sys­tem es­tab­lish clin­ics in un­der­served ar­eas. He re­tired in 1997. Mr. Co­hen lived for years in Wheat­ley Heights, N.Y., and af­ter re­tir­ing lived sev­eral years at Long Beach, N.Y., on Long Is­land’s South Shore.

Aquintessen­tial NewYorker all of his life, Mr. Co­hen never lost his trade­mark Brook­lyn ac­cent, even af­ter mov­ing to Pikesville in 2000.

He worked here as chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer for the non­profit Peo­ple’s Com­mu­nity Health Cen­ter, and was a health care con­sul­tant for the state De­part­ment of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene un­til re­tir­ing a sec­ond time in 2013.

Mr. Co­hen was chair of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic Hos­pi­tals and Health Sys­tems — now known as Amer­ica’s Es­sen­tial Hos­pi­tals.

He served on the Jewish Com­mu­nity Coun­cil of Greater Coney Is­land, and was a do­cent at the Jewish Mu­seum of Mary­land.

While re­main­ing loyal to the New York Mets and Jets, Mr. Co­hen was also a Bal­ti­more Ravens and Orioles fan. He en­joyed travel and was a Civil War buff. Ser­vices were pri­vate. In ad­di­tion to his wife, he is sur­vived by a son, Steven Co­hen of Wash­ing­ton; two daugh­ters, Ja­nis Sch­lerf of Bal­ti­more and Terri Young of At­lanta; a brother, Gary Co­hen of Howard Beach, N.Y.; and five grand­chil­dren.

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