36 CEO NYC Health & Hospi­tals/Har­lem Hos­pi­tal

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - —Steven Ross John­son

MANY WOULD HAVE THOUGHT a ca­reer in health­care was a fore­gone con­clu­sion for Ebone Car­ring­ton, whose par­ents were steeped in health­care. Her fa­ther was an oral sur­geon and her mother was an ad­min­is­tra­tor who over­saw New York state’s Sup­ple­men­tal Nu­tri­tion Pro­gram for Women, In­fants and Chil­dren.

But a ca­reer as a hos­pi­tal ex­ec­u­tive was some­thing Car­ring­ton even­tu­ally had to grow into—thanks to a lit­tle nudge from her fa­ther.

“Very early on in col­lege I wanted to do fi­nance, and to­ward the end of my un­der­grad­u­ate ten­ure I was work­ing in the fash­ion in­dus­try work­ing for Gap cor­po­rate,” Car­ring­ton said. “My fa­ther said, ‘I re­ally don’t see this go­ing any­where,’ and that he also felt like he paid too much for my ed­u­ca­tion to go into fash­ion.”

Car­ring­ton’s fa­ther—the late Dr. James McIntosh, for whom Har­lem Hos­pi­tal’s den­tistry de­part­ment is named—pre­sented her with an op­por­tu­nity for an in­tern­ship in the fi­nance de­part­ment of the hos­pi­tal’s physi­cians af­fil­i­ate. She quickly rose through the health­care ranks, in­clud­ing serv­ing as chief qual­ity of­fi­cer at In­ter­faith Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Brook­lyn. In April, Car­ring­ton be­came the youngest per­son to be­come CEO of Har­lem Hos­pi­tal, tak­ing over the 282-bed fa­cil­ity with a bud­get of $400 mil­lion. Her pri­or­i­ties have fo­cused on im­prov­ing the hos­pi­tal’s pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence, its emer­gency pre­pared­ness and en­hanc­ing its com­mu­nity out­reach. Be­cause of her fam­ily con­nec­tion, Car­ring­ton feels a spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the 129-year-old in­sti­tu­tion con­tin­ues to thrive.

“You don’t want to be the per­son who leads this hos­pi­tal into dis­re­pair,” Car­ring­ton said. “You want to be the per­son who in­vests in it, im­proves it and re­stores it to the place some folks re­mem­ber it to be.”

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