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Physician Affiliate Group of New York Names Donna Thomas its First Chief Risk Officer


The Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY) today announced Donna Thomas as the organization’s first Chief Risk Officer. Donna will create an enterprise risk management system for PAGNY’s clinical and corporate operations.

“Managing risk is at the forefront of all well-run medical groups, which is why we are pleased to have Donna Thomas joining us,” said Dr. Richard Becker, PAGNY Chief Executive Officer. “Donna is extremely well-qualified to lead PAGNY’s effort in managing its enterprise risk. She is a natural leader with a true talent for getting to the heart of a matter and executing to create real value. I am confident that Donna will help further our growth strategies at a time of great change in health care.”

“I am delighted to be joining an organization whose mission and vision aligns with my interest in serving all New Yorkers,” said Donna Thomas. “Having developed enterprise risk management program for other organizations in the past, I am excited to bring this experience to PAGNY, a growing medical group whose impact is felt throughout New York City. I want to thank Dr. Becker as well as the rest of the PAGNY  Board and Executive Team for this opportunity.”

Donna comes to PAGNY with over 20 years of experience in Risk Management. Over the course of 12 years at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Donna served as the Senior Director for Risk Management, and most recently, was Vice President of their Audit & Compliance Departments as well as the Chief Privacy Officer for the hospital.  During her service, she oversaw the Hospital’s Corporate Compliance Program as well as provided basic and complex preventative risk management assessment of processes, procedures, programs as well as other activities. 

 Donna is Registered Nurse by training, and worked more than ten years of her nursing career in ICUs, Cardiac Catherization Lab and Emergency Medicine, as well as a Legal Nurse Consultant for five years.  Donna has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Adelphi University in Garden City, and an MBA in Healthcare from Saint Joseph’s College in Brooklyn. She is also certified in healthcare compliance (CHC). 

The Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY), a tax-exempt organization affiliated with NYC Health + Hospitals, is one of the largest physician groups in New York State and directly employs more than 4,000 physicians and allied health professionals who serve seven of New York City’s public hospitals, numerous public health clinics, and other settings throughout the city.