Eleanor Larrier, MPA - Chief Executive Officer
Eleanor Larrier, MPA has been BCHN's Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer for the past 18 years. Founded in 1996, BCHN is a Federally Funded Health Center (FQHC) and community-based organization with a mission of improving health status by securing resources to improve access to comprehensive affordable, quality health care for medically underserved and uninsured individuals and families. Under her leadership, since 1999, BCHN has grown from five (5) to 15 community and school-based health centers, and is poised to add three (3) more centers by the Summer of 2015. Ms. Larrier has effectively strengthened relationships with longtime contractors, Montefiore Medical Center (Montefiore) and Acacia Network/Promesa. The result is a coordinated, integrated primary care, specialty, diagnostic and community health system now serving the needs of 104,000 Bronx residents, including people who are uninsured and those residing in medically underserved communities.
As a skilled planner, administrator and team builder, Ms. Larrier has over 33 years of health care experience ranging from organizational development of community based organizations, program development and facilities planning for acute care hospitals and ambulatory care centers, and administration of hospital acute and ambulatory care services. Ms. Larrier served as Associate Executive Director, successively, for the Departments of Planning, Clinical Inpatient Care Services and Ambulatory Care at Harlem Hospital Center, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Prior to that, she was promoted from Associate Director to Associate Executive Director for Planning and Program Development at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Ms. Larrier has an MPA in Health Policy, Planning and Administration from New York University, Wagner School of Public Service. For several years she served as an adjunct lecturer in health care administration at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY), and now serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for Lehman College's Master of Public Health Program.
Sharon Edwards, MBA - Chief Financial Officer
Sharon Edwards, MBA has served as BCHN's CFO for the past 19 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Long Island University and has over 26 years of hospital and financial accounting, grants management and financial audit experience.
Ms. Edwards provides support to the CEO and the Board's Audit & Finance Committee, and to the financial management staff at and Acacia Network health centers. She supervises the development of monthly BCHN consolidated and individual health center financial reports, tracking and reporting of utilization and third party payer reimbursement and collections monthly, and ensures that all reports are submitted accurately and timely, e.g.: Uniform Data System (UDS), Payment Management System (PMS), Financial Status Report (FSR), etc.
Jay Izes, MD - Chief Medical Officer/Quality Improvement Director
Jay Izes, MD has served as BCHN's CMO for the past seven years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Temple University. He is trained in Pediatrics at Montefiore Medical Center where he was a chief resident. He served as a major in the United States Army Medical Corps for two years and then entered private practice in Yonkers for more than twenty years including serving as Director of Pediatrics at St. Johns Riverside Hospital in Yonkers.
Leaving private practice in 2000, Dr. Izes served as Medical Director for outpatient service at Yonkers General Hospital and Valentine Lane Family Practice. In 2001 he was appointed Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at St. Johns Riverdale Hospital.
Tashi Chodon, BSN, MPH - Director of Programs
Tashi Chodon, BSN, MPH has over 20 years of experience with various government and non-government organizations in public health program management and design, technical assistance, training, and education. Her work has included programs in smoking cessation, child health, HIV/AIDS prevention, epilepsy, asthma, nutrition physical activity, diabetes and health care access. Ms. Chodon is especially qualified in the sensitive adaptation of health programs to cultural minorities.
In her current position, Ms. Chodon is the Director of Programs for the Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN). Ms. Chodon provides management oversight for the development of high quality, cost effective and integrated programs within BCHN and with contractors and community-based partners, in collaboration with the BCHN executive team. In her last position, Ms. Chodon was the Director of the Epilepsy Foundation's National Center for Project Access (NCPA), a clearing house for data collection and program evaluation for nine state demonstration projects funded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The goal of Project Access is improving access to services in currently under-served communities.
Message from the CEO
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Welcome to Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. (BCHN) and to our new and improved website. It is filled with information to help you stay healthy, and we welcome your comments.
We want you to think of your BCHN health center as your medical home. What do we mean by medical home? It's a health center where you are always welcome; where you will not be refused care if you don't have health insurance or the money for your visit to the doctor. At your BCHN medical home, our health care team will take care of your needs and treat you with respect.
Health center services are low cost or free based on your household income. Our outstanding team of doctors, nurses and patient care technicians and other health care professionals are ready to give you the best quality care possible. We put you, our patients, at the center of the health care team. We know that when we listen to you and get you involved in your plan of care, you are more likely to take control of your health. We want to motivate you to be your best self, to reduce your risk of illness, get fit and stay healthy!
BCHN's 17 community and school-based health centers are owned and operated by Montefiore Medical Center and the Acacia Network/Promesa Systems, Inc, two Bronx institutions that are known for providing high quality medical and substance abuse care.
BCHN is a unique organization. As a Federally Funded Qualified Health Center, more than half of the members of our Board of Directors are also patients at our health centers. They receive the same quality care and services that you do. As patients and Directors, they help us maintain high standards of care. They let us know what works and what doesn't and help to find the best ways to meet your needs.
There are many reasons to make your BCHN health center your medical home. They number one reason is YOUR HEALTH! Remember, you are at the center of everything we do.
Let's hear your other reasons.
Eleanor Larrier, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Bronx Community Health Network, Inc.