Lee H. Perlman Appointed Chairman of the Board of LiveOnNY
Veteran Health Care Executive is Fierce Advocate for Organ Donation and Transplantation.
Lee H. Perlman Appointed Chairman of the Board of LiveOnNY
Veteran health care executive is fierce advocate for organ donation and transplantation.
New York, N.Y. (April 9, 2019) – Health care executive Lee H. Perlman has been elected Chairman of the Board of LiveOnNY, the federally designated non profit organization that oversees organ donation and transplantation in the greater New York area.
Perlman, 60, is the Executive Vice President, Administration, and Chief Financial Officer, of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), and President of its for-profit arm GNYHA Ventures. As LiveOnNY’s chairman, he will lead a 25-member board of civic-minded New Yorkers, including transplant surgeons and administrators, lawyers, educators, community leaders and clergy.
Perlman has long been a fierce advocate and ambassador for the cause, having served on LiveOnNY’s board for 11 years. He is also the founding Chairman of LiveOnNY’s philanthropic arm, the LiveOnNY Foundation, which was created in 2016. Perlman will be stepping down from that post this month when his term as Chairman of the LiveOnNY board begins.
“I am honored to take the helm at this critical time for LiveOnNY,” said Perlman. “I hope to promote a culture of donation in our region’s hospitals and the communities they serve. We cannot rest while we have nearly 10,000 New York patients on a waiting list for organs.”
Perlman will be replacing transplant surgeon Dr. Sander Florman, whose term has ended.
“Lee Perlman is a true leader in the New York health care community and LiveOnNY is very fortunate to have his extraordinary expertise and energy - he is passionate, committed and dedicated to making organ donation a priority and to making the gift of life available to as many as possible,” said Dr. Florman, director of the Recanati-Miller Transplantation Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. “The transplant community is grateful to him for his willingness, time and service in this important position.”
Added Dr. Jean Emond, Chief of Transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, “Lee brings his personal passion and vision to our mission, and in representing GNYHA he consumates the marriage between donation and hospital care throughout the region. We have never had true engagement all these decades of our senior leadership. With Lee we will.”
LiveOnNY’s President and CEO Helen Irving said she looked forward to working with Mr Perlman in his new role.
“Lee has a passion and ability to bring leaders together with one sole purpose – create the right community programs and create the right environment in our hospitals with the right leaders who can make a difference in the lives of those waiting for transplant and for those struggling to answer their own donation decision,” said Irving.
LiveOnNY is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to saving lives, providing comfort, and strengthening legacies through organ, eye, and tissue donation. The OPO, which was established in 1978, serves a culturally and ethnically diverse population of 13 million residents in New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley. Working closely with transplant centers and hospitals, LiveOnNY coordinates organ, eye, and tissue donation for transplant, educates the public and healthcare professionals about donation and transplantation, and promotes the importance of signing up on the New York State Donate Life Registry. LiveOnNY works closely with ten transplant centers, 98 hospitals, and several tissue and eye banks. LiveOnNY is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which oversees the organ transplant waiting list in the U.S. For more information, please visit LiveOnNY.org.
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Lee H. Perlman
President, GNYHA Ventures
Executive Vice President, Administration & CFO,
Greater New York Hospital Association
Lee H. Perlman is a lifelong New Yorker who has dedicated his career to serving others. Since 1983, Mr. Perlman has been the driving force behind GNYHA Ventures, Inc., the for-profit business arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). As President, Mr. Perlman has been responsible for the development of all companies created under GNYHA Ventures, many of which have been sold to larger organizations. The current GNYHA Ventures portfolio includes subsidiaries that engage in $6 billion in commerce annually through group purchasing, management outsourcing, and healthcare consulting. GNYHA is a longtime business partner and the largest shareholder in Premier, Inc. (PINC). Mr. Perlman also serves as GNYHA’s Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer.
One of the industry’s most passionate leaders about the marriage of business and science in healthcare management and procurement, Mr. Perlman is incoming Chairman of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) Board, and is current Chairman of the HSCA Public Policy Committee. He is also the former Chair and now Board member of the Steering Committee of the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative (HGPII). Mr. Perlman has served Premier as both a Board Director and member of the Audit Committee, and currently serves as an advisor to management. Mr. Perlman has used these national platforms to advocate for price transparency, the importance of a clinically integrated supply chain that promotes comparative effectiveness, and the importance of group purchasing organizations in alleviating drug shortages and lowering drug costs as a way to lower healthcare providers’ cost of doing business while maintaining greater resources for direct patient care.
A leader in promoting diversity in healthcare leadership, Mr. Perlman founded the GNYHA Summer Enrichment Program, which has placed more than 300 diverse students in summer internships.
A dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, Mr. Perlman devotes significant energy to non-profits related to healthcare, education, and the arts. He is Chairman of the LiveOnNY Foundation, which promotes organ donation, and serves on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House of New York. Mr. Perlman also serves on the Boards of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation and the Convention Center Development Corporation (Javits Center).
Mr. Perlman is an officer and Board member of the Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield (Massachusetts), The Actor’s Fund, and was recently elected to the Board of the American Theatre Wing. Mr. Perlman also sits on the Board of the UJA Federation of New York, and Samuel Field Y. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Hunter College Hillel and Treasurer of Rosie’s Theater Kids.
Mr. Perlman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Sloan Program at Cornell University.