Sanford I. Weill

Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup; Former Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Sanford-I-WeillSince 1995, Mr. Weill has been Chairman of Weill Cornell Medical College, having joined the board in 1982. Since 1998, Mr. Weill and his wife, Joan, and the Weill Family Foundation have given more than $600 million to Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University to promote new medical discoveries, research, and cures.

Last year, the Weills and the Weill Family Foundation awarded Weill Cornell Medical College a $100 million gift towards their Driving Discoveries, Changing Lives campaign which is benefiting the Belfer Research Building, a biomedical research hub that will advance treatments including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular, and Alzheimer’s diseases. The Weills’ $100 million gift will help build a new center for diabetes, obesity, and metabolic disorders called the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Center for Metabolic Health.​​


Patricia A. Bomba, MD, FACP

Vice President and Medical Director, Geriatrics, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Patricia BombaNYeC is celebrating Dr. Bomba’s accomplishments in developing a readily accessible electronic MOLST form and creating the New York eMOLST Registry. Thanks to her leadership, healthcare providers, including EMS, can have access to MOLST forms at all sites of care including hospitals, nursing homes, and in the community.


David Bentley, VP, Chief Scientist accepting

IlluminaIllumina is applying innovative sequencing and array technologies to the analysis of genetic variation and function, making studies possible that were not even imaginable just a few years ago.

Illumina has enabled New York Genome Center researchers to undertake studies by providing the throughput to sequence tens of thousands of human whole genomes per year in a central genome center. The company’s solutions for genomic analysis serve as tools for disease research, drug discovery, and the development of molecular tests in clinical labs.

Illumina’s innovative technologies accelerate genetic analysis research and its application, paving the way for molecular medicine and ultimately transforming healthcare.


Larry McReynolds

President, Lutheran Family Health Centers

Larry McReynoldsThe success of Lutheran Family Health Centers reflects Mr. McReynolds’ commitment to improving healthcare for the medically underserved community in Brooklyn. NYeC is celebrating his accomplishments in developing accessible, high quality community-based healthcare services. Under his leadership, LFHC has grown into one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center networks in the country handling 530,000 visits annually.


George C. Halvorson, Chairman, Kaiser Permanente

George HalvorsonNYeC honored Mr. Halvorson for leading Kaiser Permanente’s extensive and successful investment in electronic medical records and physician support systems. As a result of this commitment, more than 9 million patients now have their records in Kaiser Permanente computers. Mr. Halvorson’s transformed KP into a world class system renowned for its technological innovations that measurably improve care – a model for the advancement of health IT nationwide.

Michael J. Critelli, CEO, Dossia

Michael CritelliNYeC honored Mr. Critelli for his instrumental involvement in building the health IT movement that engages us all today. Forging and stewarding diverse partnerships of the magnitude necessary to create change on the national level, Mr. Critelli’s work has fundamentally altered the healthcare delivery landscape. His keen understanding of health IT and the innovative solutions it can provide has allowed him to create tools that support better care, engaged patients, and reduced costs.


Alan Aviles, President, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Alan AvilesMr. Aviles is leading efforts to better manage chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma, address healthcare disparities by increasing access, invest capital dollars strategically, and use cutting-edge technology to enhance efficiency, quality, and patient safety. His public service work within the community and usage of health IT to improve clinical practices—as well as his leadership throughout the Hurricane Sandy crisis—exemplify his leadership and dedication to using technology to improve care on a daily basis and during disaster.

David Cohen, MD, Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Affiliations, Maimonides Medical Center

David CohenDr. Cohen’s work reflects an intense commitment and dedication to improving health IT throughout New York City’s communities, often focusing on the most vulnerable patient populations such as the severely mentally ill. His leadership in developing coordinated care models and utilizing health IT through the Health Home program and CMS Innovation Grant, demonstrates his mission to ensure that every patient and family has access to safe, compassionate, and quality healthcare.

Catholic Medical Partners

Catholic Medical PartnersCMP has long displayed a commitment to advancing health IT throughout Western New York. Its work in the region, including health IT adoption support, Meaningful Use, and the Beacon Project, has helped establish the efficient exchange of clinical information between physicians and the engagement of patients as active participants in their own care. CMP’s innovative approach to using health IT to both improve
clinical outcomes and reach patients serves as a model for other practices throughout Western New York.

Mary Zelazny, CEO, Finger Lakes Community Health

Mary ZelaznyMs. Zelazny’s development and implementation of collaborative telemedicine technology, including health IT infrastructure, has made possible the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, the Finger Lakes Telehealth Network (FLTN), and the VIBRANT Approach to Early Childhood Caries in Migrant Children. Her strong leadership and promotion of health IT has created unique solutions to meet patients’ needs and the delivery of affordable and timely healthcare for vulnerable populations in New York State.


CipherHealthCipherHealth consistently shows passion and commitment to advancing health IT in New York State. Its innovative work and participation in the New York Digital Health Accelerator Program led to its development of tools that help patients communicate with their care team. Their approach to creating these solutions is both creative and practical, resulting in user-friendly health IT tools that meet patient and provider needs. Most importantly, its commitment to empowering patients leads to better care.


Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman of the Board and CEO, GE

Jeffrey R. ImmeltMr. Immelt was honored for his longstanding and impressive commitment to advancing healthcare through technology. As CEO of GE, and previously as CEO of GE Medical Systems, his work with standardization and the interoperability of health systems, and the pioneering and improvement of EHRs and mobile healthcare applications to support clinicians on the front lines, has made a substantial difference in saving lives.

Samuel J. Palmisano, Former Chairman, President & CEO, IBM Corp

Sam PalmisanoMr. Palmisano was honored with a Career Achievement in the Advancement of Health IT Award for his global contributions to advancing healthcare through technology. He leads with inspirational concepts and embodies a culture of continuous innovation. Under his leadership, IBM’s commitment to health information exchange has transformed healthcare and laid the groundwork that continues today.



Elmwood Health Center
Sumir Sahgal, MD
Medical Director, Essen Medical Associates
Louise West
Practice Administrator, Myrtle Street Obstetrics & Gynecology, PC


Farzad Mostashari
Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology,
Department of Health and Human Services

Rochester Business Alliance
Greater Rochester Business Alliance
Sandra A. Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer


Markle Foundation
Carol C. Diamond, MD, MPH
Managing Director of Health at the Markle Foundation and Chair of Markle Connecting for Health
Zoë Baird Budinger
President and Co-Chair of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age



Special Recognition Award to individuals at the New York State Department of Health who pioneered the state’s significant commitment to health IT:

Lori Evans Bernstein, MPH
GSI Health
Rachel Block
Deputy Commissioner for Health Information Technology Transformation,
New York State Department of Health
Richard F. Daines, MD (1951-2011)
Former New York State Commissioner of Health,
New York State Department of Health


C. William Schroth
Hudson Highland Advisors
Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH
New York State Commissioner of Health,
New York State Department of Health
Dennis P. Whalen
Executive Vice President,
Healthcare Association of New York State