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October 16, 2012

BCHN Partners With Montefiore to Serve the Health Care Needs of Bronx Residents  

New York City, NY (October 16, 2012) – Richard Celiberti, Senior Vice President Network Development of Montefiore Medical Center and Executive Director, Montefiore Wakefield Hospital, will be honored at the Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) Annual Gala on November 8. The award recognizes Mr. Celiberti’s leadership in advancing quality health care in the community.

BCHN is the largest federally-qualified health center in the Bronx, partnering with Montefiore Medical Center and Acacia Network (formerly Promesa) to operate 15 comprehensive community- and school-based health care centers.  The street-level network spans a 20-square-mile area of the Bronx, from Morrisania in the South Bronx to Mosholu Parkway on the Yonkers border, and from the Major Deegan Expressway on the west to Morris Park on Eastchester Road near Pelham Bay.  BCHN serves close to 95,000 patients annually, which translates into 350,000 visits. 

In addition to Mr. Celiberti, BCHN will honor Christopher Cregan Ellis, a young man who is making a name for himself by raising money for numerous health-related charities, and Lowell Hawthorne of Golden Krust Restaurants.

“I am gratified to be recognized by such an outstanding organization,” said Mr. Celiberti. “BCHN is a model of truly excellent community-based and comprehensive health care responding dynamically to the needs of the Bronx. Montefiore’s longstanding partnership with BCHN is a source of great personal pride and is essential to achieving our shared vision—providing innovative care that transforms health and enriches lives.”

A highly respected health care executive, Mr. Celiberti was appointed Senior Vice President, Network Development of Montefiore, in 2008.  His 30 years of health care administrative experience includes leadership positions at hospitals and an international accounting/consulting firm. At Montefiore, he has been responsible for developing and expanding external strategic relationships with local and regional healthcare organizations. Prior to coming to Montefiore, he was President of Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, which was acquired by Montefiore in 2008 and is now known as the Montefiore Wakefield Hospital. Today, he also serves as Executive Director of that hospital campus.

The goal of this year’s BCHN Gala is to raise significant unrestricted funding to help expand and enhance its community health promotion and education programs.

Dr. Bob Lee of WBLS radio and BronxNet cable-TV will serve as MC, and the Gala will have a disco/1970s theme.  It will be held at Marina del Rey in Throgs Neck.