Ruth C. Browne, SD, MPP, MPH
Ronald McDonald House New York has announced that Ruth C. Browne, SD, MPP, MPH, has been selected as President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Dr. Browne joins Ronald McDonald House New York from the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, where she served as CEO since 2004. She will assume the role on September 19, 2016.
“Dr. Browne is a proven leader with a deep background in public health services. She brings more than 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector with an impressive track record of organizational transformation and development. I am confident she will lead the House with compassion and vision, as we continue with our ongoing expansion and capital improvement campaign,” said Tina Lundgren, Chairman of the Board of Ronald McDonald House New York.
Capital Expansion Initiative
Dr. Browne will lead the organization throughout its $23.6 million capital expansion initiative within its facility at East 73rd Street, which will increase the capacity for pediatric patients with cancer and also provide more comprehensive family support services. Once completed, the facility will add 11 new rooms, for a total of 95 beds with an outdoor terrace, a wellness center, and suites for immunocompromised patients.
Dr. Browne’s extensive background establishing and expanding support services will also prove invaluable as the organization ramps up its community outreach efforts by actively expanding its support services to local families who are ineligible to stay within the facility.
In addition to serving as CEO, Dr. Browne served in a number of leadership positions for the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health since 1993. Under her leadership, the organization gained national recognition as a pioneer in developing culturally competent health programs that address racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in health. Dr. Browne was also a Principal Investigator and Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, a National Institutes of Health–funded Center of Excellence and a research-based partnership between the Institute, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office.
Active in many organizations, Dr. Browne currently serves on the board of Interfaith Medical Center. She is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Manhattan Chapter, advancing leadership opportunities for African American women and girls. An Associate Clinical Professor at SUNY Downstate Medical, she holds academic appointments in the Schools of Medicine, Health Related Professions, and Public Health. ■