SJC Brooklyn to Host Health Emergency Lecture

April 20, 2016

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – April 20, 2016 – The Department of Health Administration at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) will welcome William Hicks ’92 and Dr. Linda Lombardi to present, “From the Hot Zone to the Hot Seat,” on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. in SJC Brooklyn’s Tuohy Hall Auditorium. The lecture will discuss how Bellevue Hospital responded to the Ebola crisis of 2014.

“The Ebola crisis of 2014 was a health emergency on a global scale,” said Dr. Lauren Pete, chair of the Department of Health Administration at SJC Brooklyn. “By bringing this distinguished alumnus and knowledgeable faculty together to discuss this, SJC seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the health care community and to also illustrate how SJC’s programs can prepare health care professionals for successful careers at the highest level in the industry.”  

The Ebola outbreak swept through western Africa over the course of 2014, infecting over 20,000 people. On October 23, 2014, New York City got word of its first confirmed case of Ebola when a physician who volunteered in Africa was infected with the virus. This lecture chronicles Bellevue Hospital's response to this crisis and will discuss how they managed all aspects of this emergency, including patient care, the media and community, and how they continue to prepare their staff for future crises. 

Hicks is the interim chief executive officer at NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue. He has a long and distinguished career with the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, serving as chief operating officer at the Bellevue Hospital Center prior to his promotion, and serving in a number of leadership positions at Lincoln Medical Center and the North Brooklyn Healthcare Network. 

Linda Lombardi, Ph.D., is the chief strategy and chief experience officer at NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue. In her current position, she oversees the Office of Strategic Management that is responsible for the development, monitoring and implementation of the Strategic Plan, as well as a full spectrum of Patient Experience Programs. Dr. Lombardi has been with the Health and Hospitals Corporation for more than 31 years, and at Bellevue Hospital for more than 28 years. In addition, Dr. Lombardi is an adjunct professor at SJC Brooklyn. 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Banach at 718.940.5584 or Karen Pane at 718.940.5729. 

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in more than 45 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.