United Hospital Fund Celebrates Three Leaders at Its Gala for Their Contributions to Improving Health Care

Peter W. May, Tracy Reese, and Jim Tallon Receive Awards

Release Date: 10.07.2013
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From left: J. Barclay Collins II, Peter W. May, Tracy Reese, Jim Tallon, Merryl Tisch, and Roger Ferguson.

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The United Hospital Fund paid tribute to Peter W. May, Tracy Reese, and Jim Tallon at its annual gala, held this evening at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  They each received an award for their respective contributions to improving health care in New York.

Drawing a crowd of close to 700, the event marks the opening of the Fund’s 135th fund-raising campaign for its work to shape positive change in health care in New York.

Peter W. May, president and founding partner of Trian Partners, received the Health Care Leadership Award for his exceptional leadership of the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and for his steadfast commitment to building an innovative and integrated 21st-century health care system. Since becoming chairman in 2003, he has handpicked its chief executive officer, helped put in place a bold ten-year plan that turned around the hospital’s finances, overseen a fundraising campaign that has surpassed all expectations, and played a key role in Mount Sinai’s recent combining with Continuum Health Partners to create the Mount Sinai Health System—with its seven major facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

The Health Care Leadership Award was established by the United Hospital Fund in 1998 to recognize strong and sustained leadership aimed at improving health care in New York City.  Previous recipients of the award include Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Kenneth Raske, James and Merryl Tisch, Anthony Watson, Martin D. Payson, John K. Castle, Mathilde Krim, PhD, Sanford I. Weill, and Maurice R. Greenberg.

Tracy Reese, president and creative director of T.R. Designs, Inc., received the Distinguished Community Service Award, for her important work, with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the New York City AIDS Fund, in the continuing battle against HIV/AIDS. (Established by the New York Community Trust in 1989, and with lead support from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine, and with assistance from other funding partners including United Hospital Fund, the AIDS Fund has awarded more than $20 million in grants to 185 nonprofit organizations in New York City.) A standout in the glamorous and competitive world of fashion design, she has also proven to be a passionate volunteer leader helping to support vital programs and advocacy efforts in New York’s neediest communities. Her sensitivity to changing needs—today, one in three New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS is a woman, and young people account for more than a quarter of those newly diagnosed—and her keen strategic sense are invaluable in making the tough decisions about how best to direct the New York City AIDS Fund’s resources. 

Established by the Fund in 1987, the Distinguished Community Service Award recognizes volunteer leadership that significantly improves health care in New York City. For an eighth year, the Distinguished Community Service Award has been generously supported by TIAA-CREF, the leading provider of retirement services in the medical, academic, research, and cultural fields.  

Jim Tallon was recognized with a Special Tribute marking his 20th anniversary as president of the United Hospital Fund. Over two decades Jim has been an important voice for change and improvement in the health care system. His ability to engage policymakers, payers, providers, and other health care stakeholders with diverse views in productive dialogue has brought the Fund to renewed prominence. Jim’s vision has played a critical role in the Fund’s focus on identifying and promoting new approaches to creating a higher-quality, more accessible, more financially stable health care system for all. His commitment to the people of New York extends to other fields as well, most notably in education, where he has served on the state’s Board of Regents for the past 11 years.

The benefit chairmen are J. Barclay Collins II and Merryl H. and James S. Tisch.

 “Health care is on a more positive track now than it has been at any other point in my professional career, and I consider myself very lucky to continue to play a meaningful role,” said Mr. Tallon.  “I also consider myself fortunate to be in the company of two important volunteer leaders, my co-honorees Peter May and Tracy Reese.  Building on New York’s remarkable tradition of outstanding voluntary leadership, they remind us that one person can indeed make a difference, and even more so by prioritizing the needs of the most vulnerable New Yorkers.” 

The United Hospital Fund is a health services research and philanthropic organization whose primary mission is to shape positive change in health care for the people of New York.  For more information, please visit www.uhfnyc.org.

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