WHO: President and CEO
WHAT: New York–Presbyterian Hospital
New York-Presbyterian president and CEO Herbert Pardes is the dean of the city’s hospital Establishment. He’s the largest private-sector employer in Manhattan and a thought leader for the industry as a whole. Its lobbying arm, the Greater New York Hospital Association, answers to him. “[New York–Presbyterian] is a first-class hospital. And it’s in great measure as a result of him,” says health-care labor leader Dennis Rivera. Pardes maintains an alliance between the city’s hospitals and Rivera’s former union, SEIU 1199, giving both sides more firepower in their funding battles against the Spitzer and Paterson administration. Bloomberg’s passion for health issues, and his tripling of subsidies to public hospitals, has also strengthened Pardes.