Dr. Ram Raju takes key role at North­well Health

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - —El­iz­a­beth Whit­man

Dr. Ram Raju has joined North­well Health, the largest health­care provider in the state of New York. Raju, who in Novem­ber stepped down from his po­si­tion as pres­i­dent and CEO of NYC Health & Hos­pi­tals, will serve as se­nior vice pres­i­dent and com­mu­nity health in­vest­ment of­fi­cer at North­well.

Raju will work on meet­ing the needs of North­well’s most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties. North­well, with 21 hos­pi­tals and 550 out­pa­tient fa­cil­i­ties, sees 2 mil­lion pa­tients ev­ery year in the New York metro area.

North­well CEO Michael Dowl­ing told Mod­ern Health­care that Raju’s back­ground and per­spec­tive made him “sin­gu­larly suited” to take a lead­ing role in in­vest­ing in the space. “We’ve done a lot of pro­grams in the com­mu­nity health space, but like ev­ery­thing else, we need to go broader and deeper,” Dowl­ing said. Raju started Jan. 17.

NYC Health & Hos­pi­tals, which Raju led from Jan­uary 2014 un­til Novem­ber 2016, is the largest mu­nic­i­pally owned sys­tem in the U.S. and a ma­jor safety net provider, serv­ing a large pro­por­tion of poor and unin­sured pa­tients. But it has strug­gled fi­nan­cially, fac­ing a po­ten­tial bud­get gap of $1.8 bil­lion in 2020.

At North­well, Raju will ex­am­ine pro­grams aimed at im­prov­ing the health sys­tem’s re­sponse to their needs and work­ing with com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tions to ad­dress them.

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