The Northwell Health Board of Trustees on June 1 elected Margaret Crotty of New York as its new chair. She is the first woman to serve as chair and succeeds Michael Epstein, who served for four years as chair of the 37-member board.
Crotty has served as a Northwell trustee since 2019. She is president and CEO of JSI, a global non-profit public health organization that manages large-scale public health, education, supply chain, and health system strengthening projects in 40 countries; and consults on health equity issues for federal, state and local governments in the U.S.
She previously served as CEO of Partnership with Children, a New York City-based provider of community and school-based behavioral health. Before that, Crotty launched and led Save the Children’s flagship initiative to reduce global child and maternal mortality.
“Margaret is the right person at the right time to lead our board,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health. “She is an incredibly esteemed executive, familiar with the complexities of healthcare delivery, and passionate about improving the health of individuals and communities around the world. She has been a good friend of the health system for over eight years and will be a tremendous asset to our leadership team as we continue our efforts to raise the health of the diverse communities we serve.”
Crotty graduated from Princeton University with a BA in History and African-American Studies, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.
She serves on several health and education boards, including those of the Open Medical Institute, the CUNY School of Public Health, the United Hospital Fund, and ACCESS Health International. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on several government task forces and higher education advisory boards.
“I am deeply honored to be elected chair of Northwell’s Board of Trustees at this critical time for healthcare, and to follow in the footsteps of remarkable leaders whose vision has helped build New York’s largest integrated health system,” she said. “It will be my privilege to continue to advance the health system’s commitment to excellence, innovation and health equity — and I am excited to support Northwell’s future as board chair.”