New Boss At Elmhurst Hospital
Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, last week announced the appointment of Israel Rocha, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NYC Health + Hospitals/ Elmhurst.
Rocha’s expertise in hospital operations, legislative affairs, and federal and state funding programs will aid the NYC Health + Hospitals Vision 2020 transformation goals toward financial stability and growth.
“Mr. Rocha’s experience working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Projects (DSRIP) as well as his knowledge of the workings of the federal government make him an important addition to our team as we confront policy shifts in Washington and work toward building more support for our essential public health care system,” said Dr. Raju.
Rocha was the Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) in Edinburg, Texas, a 513-bed facility which is comparable to Elmhurst’s size with 545 beds. While at DHR he led key initiatives that helped the hospital transition from a general acute care hospital into a comprehensive medical and teaching center. Prior to becoming CEO, Rocha served as the Government, Public and Corporate Affairs Officer at DHR. He also worked for 10 years at the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rocha is a South Texas native but he is no stranger to New York City having graduated from Columbia University.
“I am so excited to be back in New York City where I first prepared for my career and to join NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst during a time of positive transformation in the public health care system,” said Rocha. “While we are facing challenges, the opportunities to better serve this very diverse neighborhood and provide the best possible patient experience is energizing. I hope to lend my expertise in building support for the important mission we serve and making community connections to grow our reach and spread wellness.”
During Rocha’s tenure at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance he led his team to successfully secure over $160 million in funding from CMS and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission through the DSRIP program. Funded programs included: the development of four residency programs, transitional care clinics geared at reducing 30-day readmissions, care clinics for indigent and uninsured individuals, diabetic prevention education programs, the development of a Maternal Fetal Medicine program and creation of a robust partial hospitalization program to meet behavioral health needs.
The James J. Duane III Student Life Leadership Award is given to seniors in recognition of extraordinary performance as a student leader at Lehigh University. The following areas are used as a basis for evaluating outstanding performance: overall impact on Lehigh students, program development and implementation, bridging cultural differences, and student governance by taking a role to improve student, faculty and staff interactions. Kris Datta, of Jackson Heights, was among the recipients of this award in Spring 2016.
NaEun Hyun of Astoria, a Senior Graphic Design major from Astoria, is among approximately 890 Bob Jones University students named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Spring 2016 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.0-3.74 grade point average during the semester.
A total of 1,469 SUNY Oneonta students earned Dean’s List honors for the Spring 2016 semester. The following area students were named to the Spring 2016 SUNY Oneonta Dean’s List:
Michal Bugaj and Sabrina Felice of Middle Village; Tenzin Lhektso, Laura Williams and Paula Rebancos of Woodside and Jonelle Reyes of Ridgewood.
To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 hours or more.
Tanveer Kalo of Corona, a St. Lawrence University Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program scholar, has been awarded a faculty-mentored research internship for Summer 2016.
Kalo is a member of the Class of 2018. He attended Civic Leadership Academy. Kalo will work with Dr. Howard Eissenstat, associate professor of history, on a project titled, “Readings in Political Islam.”
Joseph Robert Byrnes of Maspeth graduated with a degree in finance from James Madison University during the May 6 commencement exercises.
Byrnes was among nearly 3,875 students who received undergraduate, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.
The following students have made the Dean’s Honor list at Utica College in Utica, New York. Students must be enrolled full time and obtain a grade point average of 3.4 to make the Dean’s List.
John Gomez of Astoria; Cecilia Odei of Corona; Delores Steele of Long Island City and Vanessa Maisonave and Pasang Sherpa of Woodside
Students must be enrolled full time and obtain a grade point average of 3.4 to make the Dean’s List.
The following students have achieved High Honors at Utica College in Utica, N.Y.:
Patryk Romanski of Maspeth and Maria Thomasel of Ridgewood
Students must be enrolled full time and obtain a grade point average of 4.0 to achieve High Honors.
More than 500 students earned Dean’s List honors for the Spring 2016 semester at SUNY Canton.
Among those to receive this prestigious honor were:
Sam Annorh of Corona. Annorh is a SUNY Canton Health Care Management major who graduated from Pathways College Prep Academy in 2013.
Inder Saini of East Elmhurst. Saini is a SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology major who graduated from Civil Leadership Academy in 2014.
Steven A. Gonzalez of Glendale. Gonzalez is a SUNY Canton Homeland Security major who graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 2012.
The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who earned least a 3.25 on a 4.0 academic scale.