Hosted by NYeC's Board of Directors, our Gala & Awards recognizes and honors the achievements of those improving healthcare through groundbreaking leadership and innovation.


Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

The Gala & Awards is attended by over 250 executives, leaders, and policymakers from New York State’s largest and most prominent health systems, health plans, associations, and public sector organizations. Learn how to participate in this year’s event!

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2019 Honorees

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Glenn H. Hutchins

North Island

Silver Lake

Glenn Hutchins is Chairman of North Island and a co-founder of Silver Lake. He is a director of AT&T and of Virtu Financial; he is also Co-Chairman of the Brookings Institution, Vice Chairman of the Economic Club of New York, on the Executive Committee of the New York Presbyterian Hospital and a board member of both the Obama Foundation and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is part owner and member of the Executive Committee of the Boston Celtics basketball team. Mr. Hutchins is a co-chairman of Harvard University’s capital campaign. He is also a board member of the Center for American Progress as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Mr. Hutchins served President Clinton in both the transition and the White House as a special advisor on economic and health-care policy. He was also previously chairman of the board of SunGard Data Systems, Inc. and Instinet, Inc. and a director of Nasdaq, Inc.  


Mr. Hutchins and his wife, Debbie, founded the Hutchins Family Foundation which, among other projects, has created the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, which is chaired by Mr. Hutchins; the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at The Brookings Institution; and the Chronic Fatigue Initiative, which conducts basic research into the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.  


Mr. Hutchins has published essays on economic and public policy in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Fortune, Foreign Affairs and New Republic.   


Mr. Hutchins holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

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Mitchell Katz, MD

President & CEO
NYC Health + Hospitals


Dr. Katz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of New York City Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal health system in the United States, with 11 acute care hospitals, five skilled nursing facilities, and a large array of community health centers.

Previously, Dr. Katz was the Director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency, an agency that combines the Departments of Health Services, Public Health, and Mental Health into a single entity to provide more integrated care and programming within Los Angeles. Dr. Katz served as the 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 empaneled over 350,000 patients to a primary care home. He eliminated the deficit of DHS through increased revenues, decreased administrative expenses, and used the new ACA funding to pay for an integrated electronic health system. He moved over 4,000 medically complex patients from hospitals and emergency departments into independent housing, eliminating unnecessary expensive hospital care and giving patients the dignity of their own home.

Before he came to Los Angeles, Dr. Katz was the Director and Health Officer of the San Francisco Department of Health for 13 years. He is well known for funding needle exchange, creating Healthy San Francisco, outlawing the sale of tobacco at pharmacies, and winning ballot measures for rebuilding Laguna Honda Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Medical School. He completed an internal medicine residency at UCSF Medical School and was an RWJ Clinical Scholar.

He is the Deputy Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of the Los Angeles County Medical Association 2015 Healthcare Champion of the year. Dr. Katz is a practicing primary care physician and sees patients on a regular basis.

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Marilyn Fraser, MD

Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health


Dr. Marilyn Fraser is the Chief Executive Officer of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, a graduate of the Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine in St. Lucia, West Indies, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and the co-Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center.

In her previous capacities as the Institute’s Deputy Director and the Associate Director for Research & Training, she was primarily responsible for overseeing the Institute’s community outreach and research programs. Dr. Fraser was also instrumental in developing the Institute’s award-winning programs into behavioral health intervention models. Her community outreach and research portfolio has included the Institute’s ACCESS project to increase access to health and social services for formerly incarcerated individuals in Brooklyn, New York, as well as several Federally funded grants to develop curricula to train hair stylists and barbers to educate their clients about breast, prostate and colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and HIV/AIDS risk reduction.

Dr. Fraser has received several awards including the prestigious Fulbright Research Specialist award to develop and implement an internship program for secondary school students in Trinidad and Tobago, in collaboration with the University of the West Indies.


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Cheryl Wills

Anchor, Spectrum News NY1
Host, In Focus with Cheryl Wills

Cheryl Wills is a nationally recognized award-winning television personality for Spectrum News flagship national news network, New York 1 News, headquartered in New York City. Cheryl Wills has been with NY1 News since its launch in 1992 and is one of the station’s most recognizable journalists for breaking news and special coverage. Cheryl is the only journalist in the nearly 25-year history of her cable news network to conduct a sit-down interview with The Secretary General of The United Nations, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon. She has also interviewed a sitting President Nobel Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. Cheryl’s groundbreaking interviews earned her a prestigious Medal of Excellence from The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA). Cheryl has also reported from The White House. She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post and contributes to

On March 25, 2011, Cheryl Wills made history as the first journalist invited to speak at the United Nations General Assembly Hall for The International Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade where she read passages from her book, “Die Free” which was broadcast live around the world on UNTV. Cheryl is most proud to be the newly designated Commander and Lifetime Descendant Member of the New York Chapter of the Sons and Daughters of the United States Colored Troops – a national organization of Civil War descendants who raise awareness about black soldiers who served during the Civil War. Her book tour has taken her all over the world, including Senegal, West Africa – where she presented her story at the 2011 World Summit of Mayors before an audience of international politicians, dignitaries and journalists.

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Audacious Inquiry | Commonwealth Fund | Crain's New York Business | David and Dawn Klein | eHealth Technologies | Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield | HealthNow New York Inc. | HealthReveal | Hinman Straub | Hixny | KPMG | MedAllies | Michael and Anne B. Golden Fund | Moses & Singer | NYC Health + Hospitals | Pat Wang & Michael Stocker, M.D. | Paula & William J. Marino Family Foundation | Signature Bank | Valerie Grey  and Peter Newell | Weill Cornell Medicine