The Coalition to Transform Interfaith introduced and welcomed LaRay Brown, the newly appointed CEO for Interfaith Medical Center.

Brown is the first African-American woman to become the CEO of a private hospital in New York City. The event will also commemorate the successful contributions of women health care workers who fought to save Interfaith Medical Center from closure.

The breakfast celebrated those who secured the victory and served as a day of recommitment to the transformation of Interfaith. Speakers at the event included Public Advocate Letitia James, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy and leadership from NYSNA and 1199SEIU.

Brown started as president and CEO of Interfaith in February. She was selected by the board of trustees in November after a nationwide search.

“I am very excited to be appointed president and CEO of Interfaith Medical Center, and look forward to working with the board, leadership team, labor and community partners to provide the highest quality of care to the residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant and neighboring communities,” said Brown.

Working with the NYC Health + Hospitals for the past 28 years, Brown previously served as its senior vice president for Corporate Planning, Community Health and Intergovernmental Relations, and as a corporate officer. She is a nationally recognized advocate for community health and safety-net hospitals.

Her role at HHC has included strategic planning, the formulation and execution of legislative initiatives and advocacy strategies, as well as serving as the organization’s liaison to elected officials, government agencies and policy organizations.

“My entire career has been committed to the expansion of access to high-quality, culturally responsive health care and to engaging all stakeholders to achieve this aim,” Brown said. “I am confident that, with our collective efforts at Interfaith, we will be successful.”