NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Chief Executive Officer Christopher Mastromano announced today that Dr. Komal Bajaj, Jacobi’s Chief Quality Officer, has been appointed to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Advisory Council. The AHRQ National Advisory Council is a 21-member panel of healthcare experts who contribute a varied perspective on the health care system and the most important questions that AHRQ’s research should address in order to promote improvements in the quality, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of clinical practice. They provide advice to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the agency.
Dr. Bajaj is the lone representative the NYC Health + Hospitals health system as well as the lone representative from New York City. Dr. Komal Bajaj is an innovator and advocate in the Bronx, NY, catalyzing quality and safety transformation across all facets of healthcare delivery as Chief Quality Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. Dr. Bajaj also serves as Clinical Director for the NYC Health + Hospitals Simulation Center, which delivers more than 10,000 interprofessional participant encounters annually. In this role, she informs the strategic use of simulation and debriefing as quality improvement tools.
“Joining the National Advisory Council is a true honor and I am delighted to serve. Joining the council allows me to advocate for research and implementation tools related to issues that directly impact the health of our communities. I am looking forward to the opportunity to advance the AHRQ’s mission to make healthcare more accessible, equitable, safer, and higher quality nationally,” said Dr. KomalBajaj, Chief Quality Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi.
“Dr. Bajaj is a dedicated clinician who has committed her professional career to keeping patients safe,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and North Central Bronx CEOChristopher Mastromano. “It’s an honor that one of our providers will be in a position to advise national leaders on healthcare delivery and safety.”
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is a 457-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The facility holds numerous center of excellence designations for its renowned trauma center, burn center, regional stroke center, regional perinatal center, breast health center and bariatric surgery service. The facility also has a multi-person hyperbaric unit and a surgical intensive care unit. NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi’s Ambulatory Care Pavilion is a stunning complement to its recently constructed inpatient facility and allows staff to provide patients with high-quality care in a modern, state-of-the-art environment. For more information visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/jacobi.
About NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx is a 215-bed community hospital. The hospital specializes in women’s and children’s services. Its renowned outpatient department has led the way in community-based care delivered in a compassionate and culturally-appropriate manner. As a member of the NYC Health + Hospitals health care system, it is committed to providing safe, high-quality medical care for any and all in need. For more information visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/northcentralbronx.
About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.