New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation President and CEO Ram Raju M.D. announced that Anthony Rajkumar has been appointed executive director of HHC Metropolitan Hospital Center. Located in East Harlem, HHC Metropolitan Hospital is an acute care, teaching hospital providing comprehensive health care and supportive services to residents of East Harlem and surrounding communities. HHC Metropolitan Hospital is a full-service community hospital, with 338 certified beds and over 90 primary and specialty services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, a comprehensive surgery department, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, and a behavioral health pavilion with inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs.

“Mr. Rajkumar brings a wealth of experience to Metropolitan, with nearly 30 years of experience managing health care operations,” said Raju. “He has invaluable experience in delivering quality care to patients in urban settings, as well as a passion for serving those who are most vulnerable or have difficulty accessing medical care. I am confident he will bring the same level of excellence and leadership to his new role as executive director.”

“I am very excited to be leading Metropolitan Hospital Center during this dynamic and transformative moment in health care,” said Rajkumar. “I am committed to working closely with our staff and community to provide the best quality care and address the health care needs of our patients and their families. Our goal is to make Metropolitan the community hospital of choice for our neighbors in East Harlem and beyond.

“We aim to improve the health outcomes of our community by providing high quality ambulatory and inpatient care and health education at the hospital and throughout the neighborhoods we serve.”

Prior to joining HHC Metropolitan Hospital, Rajkumar served as the chief operating officer at HHC North Central Bronx Hospital, where he was instrumental in the restoration of labor and delivery services to the facility. He previously worked as chief business officer at the Cook County Hospital System in Chicago. In this capacity, he was responsible for the provision of non-clinical services to support the system’s inpatient, outpatient and managed care business units and successfully streamlined and improved operations at all levels of the organization.

For the roughly 25 years Rajkumar was at HHC prior to his tenure at CCHS, he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility, including acting chief operating officer at HHC Kings County Hospital Center, deputy executive director for operations and support services at Kings County, senior associate executive director at HHC Queens Hospital Center, and on-site administrator for the HHC East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center.

Rajkumar holds a Master of Science in health services management and policy from the New School and a Bachelor of Science from Regents College.

Metropolitan Hospital Center is the community hospital of choice for residents of East Harlem, northern Manhattan and neighboring communities. Metropolitan provides culturally sensitive primary and specialized medical care to patients of all ages regardless of national origin, immigration status or ability to pay. Since its founding in 1875, Metropolitan Hospital has been affiliated with New York Medical College, representing the oldest partnership between a hospital and a private medical school in the United States. Metropolitan Hospital Center is part of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country. For more information, please visit www.nyc.gov/mhc.