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PAGNY is Pleased to Announce the Following Appointments

Michael J. Chambers

– named PAGNY COO

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Michael J. Chambers, MPA, has been named PAGNY’s new Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Chambers has served in senior leadership positions in the healthcare industry for the past 30 years. His expertise includes regulatory affairs, compliance and oversight, operations, healthcare finance, performance improvement, proactive risk-assessment and evidence-based practices.

Mr. Chambers is very familiar with New York City’s healthcare system, having worked for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation for 15 years as the Senior Associate Executive Director at the North Brooklyn Health Network. That position gave him direct operational responsibility for psychiatry emergency, inpatient, ambulatory care, chemical dependency and community-based programs.

Previously, Mr. Chambers worked for the New York State Office of Mental Health for 14 years as Director of Licensing and Certification for the New York City Region with administrative and management responsibility for inspection and licensure of more than 750 inpatient, outpatient and residential programs.

Most recently, Mr. Chambers served as the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, where he worked on the legislative advocacy agenda at the local, statewide and national levels.

Mr. Chambers also has teaching experience, holding Adjunct Faculty appointments at Touro College, Boricua College and the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Public Administration from the Baruch College School of Business and Public Affairs.

Dr. Carleen Evans

– named PAGNY’s Quality Improvement Leader


Dr. Carleen A. Evans, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, has been named PAGNY’s Quality Improvement Leader. In this position, Dr. Evans is responsible for leading key healthcare quality and performance improvement activities throughout PAGNY-affiliated hospitals. She will facilitate improved outcomes for key quality performance indicators by evaluating current performance, planning and implementing improvement initiatives, and conducting ongoing measurement and evaluation.

Dr. Evans has 10 years of hands-on experience in healthcare with a strong emphasis on improving patient safety, quality of patient care, and overall patient experience. She also has a deep knowledge of general systems and high reliability. She is a Board Certified Nurse Executive (NEA-BC) and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).

Dr. Evans joined Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center (BHMC) as the Director for Organizational Safety and Performance Improvement in December 2013. Prior to joining BHMC, Dr. Evans was the Manager of Nursing Quality at the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Performance Improvement Coordinator at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.

Dr. Evans is a Persian Gulf War veteran, serving on active duty in the U.S. Army, as well as in the Army Reserve and NYS National Guard.

Dr. Evans holds a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher (NY) College; a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue (NE) University; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pace University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Science. Also, she recently completed the Nursing Leadership program at the Wharton Business School.

In service to the field of nursing, Dr. Evans is currently an Adjunct Professor in Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing graduate program, where her primary focus is nursing leadership.

Bayard King

– named Chief Affiliation Officer for Correctional Health Services


Bayard King has joined the PAGNY team as our new Chief Affiliation Officer (CAO) for our Correctional Health Services (CHS) affiliation contract. As CAO, Bayard’s responsibility will be to manage the affiliation relationship between PAGNY and CHS with NYC Health + Hospitals. In this role, he will oversee daily operations, including finance, compliance and payroll. He will be collaborating with CHS’s executive team, department chairs, administrators, medical staff and other personnel.

Bayard comes to PAGNY with substantial experience in financial strategy, analysis, operations and labor relations, having worked extensively in local government and in the not-for-profit sectors. His most recent experience was as Chief Financial Officer of the Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative, an organization dedicated to improving Medicaid patient healthcare outcomes and access in the seven-county Hudson Valley region as part of NY State’s DSRIP program.

Previously, Bayard was Director of Budget and Reporting for the 1199 SEIU Family of Fund, a Labor Relations Consultant and a Trustee of various management-union education benefit funds. Bayard also served as the Chief Financial Officer of NYC’s Correctional Health Services in the 1990s.

Bayard received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Harvard College, and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Scott M. Eleff

– named Chief of Anesthesia at Lincoln Hospital


Dr. Scott M. Eleff has been named Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology and part of the medical leadership team at Lincoln Hospital. With more than 30 years of adult and pediatric clinical experience and 20 years of administrative experience in multiple aspects of healthcare systems, Dr. Eleff will focus on strengthening the Department of Anesthesia and working with the OR and surgical services leadership to improve the quality, safety and responsiveness of perioperative services to better serve the strategic goals and community needs of NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln.

Dr. Eleff comes to Lincoln from the Baltimore-Washington area where he was Chief of the Departments of Anesthesiology at Saint Agnes Hospital and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital. He was the Chair of the Physician Quality Oversight Committee and the Transfusion Committee and practiced Adult and Pediatric Anesthesia.

Academically, Dr. Eleff is a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was previously Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Chicago Medical School and Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, a Level 1 Trauma Center in southwest Chicago.

Dr. Eleff is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor’s in Mathematics, Masters in Biophysics and Doctor of Medicine degrees. Dr. Eleff completed his Anesthesia Residency and Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Eleff has also been an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School and Attending Anesthesiologist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he specialized in Neurosurgical Anesthesiology. His research, for which he was awarded an Established Investigatorship from the American Heart Association as well as funding from the National Institutes of Health, has been widely published in medical journals in the fields of Biochemistry, Neurology, MRI and Anesthesiology. Dr. Eleff also shares in a patent for developing one of the early forms of human NMR/MRI and has written extensively on brain damage after cardiac arrest.