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Mayor de Blasio Announces Appointments to Board of Correction and Health and Hospitals Corporation

April 7, 2015

NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio today announced two appointments to the Board of Correction and the Board of Directors of the Health and Hospitals Corporation. The Mayor appointed Stanley Brezenoff as the Chair of the Board of Correction. The Mayor appointed Gordon Campbell as a member of the Board of Directors of the Health and Hospitals Corporation, and recommends that the board elect Campbell as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

Stanley Brezenoff brings decades of managerial experience in the private and public sectors to his new role as Chair of the Board of Correction. Most recently President and CEO of Continuum Health Partners, Brezenoff previously served as Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and as First Deputy Mayor under Mayor Ed Koch, among other positions. As Chair of the BOC, Brezenoff will be charged with leading and managing oversight of the City’s jails by monitoring the performance of the Department of Correction and providing recommendations in correctional planning.

Gordon Campbell brings over 30 years of public and nonprofit managerial experience to the Health and Hospitals Corporation, and most recently served as Chair of the Board of Correction. Campbell previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of New York City, and held numerous senior and appointed positions in the Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Health and Hospitals Corporation, Campbell will play a key role in helping oversee the largest municipal healthcare system in the United States, consisting of 11 hospitals, numerous treatment centers, and various community and school-based healthcare centers. 

“Stan Brezenoff and Gordon Campbell each bring decades of experience leading key citywide organizations to their new roles, and I know they will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and health of all New Yorkers,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Stan and Gordon have proven their commitment to the people of this city time and time again, and I’m confident today’s appointments will help strengthen the leadership of these two essential organizations.”
About the Board of Correction

The Board of Correction establishes and ensures compliance with minimum standards regulating conditions of confinement, correctional health and mental health care in all City correctional facilities. The Board monitors conditions in the City’s jails, investigates serious incidents, evaluates the performance of the Department of Correction, reviews inmate and employee grievances, and makes recommendations in critical areas of correctional planning.

About the Board of the Health and Hospitals Corporation

The Board of Directors of the Health and Hospitals Corporation oversees HHC, an integrated healthcare system of hospitals, neighborhood health centers, long-term care, nursing homes and home care. HHC is committed to the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers and offers a wide range of high quality and affordable healthcare services to keep patients healthy and to address the needs of New York City’s diverse populations.

About Stanley Brezenoff

Brezenoff served as President of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation from 1981 to 1984 under Mayor Koch, governing the world’s largest non-federal health care system. Brezenoff brought the system’s $1.8 billion annual budget into line, secured full accreditation for the system's 11 hospitals, improved emergency medical services and brought personalized care into crowded municipal hospital clinics. Brezenoff also expanded the psychiatric transfer service (PTS) unit of the New York City Emergency Medical Service to ensure the mentally ill have access to the City’s health system. Brezenoff became the City’s Deputy Mayor for Operations in 1984 and served as First Deputy Mayor from 1985 to 1990. 

Brezenoff then served as Executive Director of the Port Authority, where he was responsible for administration of the Hudson River bridges and tunnels, the region’s four major airports, the PATH system, leasing and management of the original World Trade Center, several industrial development districts, and shipping ports in New York harbor. Beginning in 1995, Mr. Brezenoff served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Maimonides Medical Center, and oversaw a major expansion which saw it rise to become one of the city’s premier hospitals. Brezenoff currently serves as CEO and President of Continuum Health Partners, Inc. Brezenoff also serves as an unpaid Special Advisor to First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris. Brezenoff was born in East New York, and majored in Philosophy at Brooklyn College. 

About Gordon J. Campbell

Gordon Campbell is currently a Professor of Practice and Director of the Executive MPA program at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Before entering academia, he served as President and CEO of United Way of New York City and President and CEO of Safe Horizon, a victim assistance organization recognized for its response to 9/11. In addition, he was recently appointed by the New York City Human Services Council to chair a commission charged with examining nonprofit human service organization closures. Campbell also served in senior positions in several mayoral administrations, including Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services, Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Mayor, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations and a mayoral appointee to the City’s Procurement Policy Board.

While at the City’s Human Resources Administration, Campbell headed the Office of Medicaid Transportation and created and organized the Division of AIDS Services.  Mr. Campbell also served as a prosecutor and labor attorney, as well as the Chief Administrator for the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. He holds a law degree from the University of Washington Law School and his Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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