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Spencer Foreman, M.D., Receives Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award

The American Hospital Association (AHA) today presented the Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award to Spencer Foreman, M.D., president of the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.  The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in health care delivery and financing.

“The hallmark of Spike Foreman's career as a physician and executive has been his innate understanding of a hospital's deeper role in its community,” said AHA President Dick Davidson.  “The organizations he has led not only have excelled at their mission of medical care, they have been leaders at changing and bettering the lives of the people in the communities around them.  Many leaders work within the limitations of what they can accomplish.  Spike Foreman is driven by the possibilities.”                                           

Under Dr. Foreman’s leadership, Montefiore has created one of the nation’s largest community health systems to serve the 1.4 million people of the Bronx and beyond.

Montefiore is one of the largest academic medical centers in the country and is the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  A regional integrated delivery system, Montefiore operates two general hospitals and a children’s hospital with 1,050 beds, ambulatory care centers at 35 locations, a rehabilitation center and the oldest hospital-based home care program in the country.  The medical center’s ambulatory care system has more than 2,000,000 visits per year, including 200,000 emergencies, and its hospitals discharge 65,000 patients per year.  A community development arm of the medical center rehabilitates apartment houses and commercial buildings, creates condominium and co-operative housing, publishes a community newspaper, sponsors a business improvement district and removes graffiti from walls and buildings in a 20 square block area.

Dr. Foreman graduated from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and is certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease.  He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine.  He is professor of medicine, and professor of epidemiology and community health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Foreman currently serves as chairman of the board of the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York, is a member of the U.S. Prospective Payment Assessment Commission and serves on the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) executive council.  He also is a member of the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and chairman of the board of Ursinus College.  He has served as past chairman for the AAMC, is a past member of the boards of trustees of the AHA and the Hospital Association of New York State and a member and past chairman of the board of Governors of the Greater New York Hospital Association and the board of Directors of the League of Voluntary Hospitals.  Dr. Foreman has served as a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.  Before coming to Montefiore in 1986 he was president of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

About the AHA

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