Mayor Dinkins Honored With Leadership Award

Former New York City Mayor and Harlem fave David Dinkins, Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), received the Health Care Leadership Award from the Acacia Network, Inc. at its 45th Annual Gala on October 15 in midtown Manhattan. The largest Latino-founded nonprofit in New York, Acacia Network is a community-based organization offering health, housing, education, and economic development services.

The award recognizes notable contributions to health care on local, state, and national levels. Wirth received the award in recognition of his unwavering commitment to improve underserved communities, address health care disparities, and solve health care’s broader challenges.

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins; Pamela Mattel, Chief Operating Officer, Acacia Network; Raul Russi, Chief Executive Officer, Acacia Network; and Doug Wirth, President and CEO, Amida Care

Other awardees included Harlem’s Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council Speaker, for the Latina Leadership Award; Anne-Marie A. Hendrickson, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Deputy Commissioner, for the Leadership Award;  Jason A. Helgerson, Medicaid Director, State of New York, for the Health Care Transformation Award; Arnaldo Segarra, NYC Commission on Human Rights Commissioner, for the Community and Public Service Award; and Milagros Baez O’Toole, Acacia Network Board Chair, for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Former New York City Mayor Harlem fave David Dinkins was also a guest at the event and made remarks.

Wirth’s leadership at Amida Care has contributed to impressive HIV health outcomes that save lives and produce cost-savings in the health care industry:

  • Over 93% member engagement in care
  • A 93% success rate in getting members on anti-retroviral medications
  • A 70% viral load suppression rate among our members

Leading to:

  • A 74% decrease in hospital admissions/readmissions
  • A 35% reduction in overall medical expenses

For more information about Amida Care, please visit www.amidacareny.org.

Photo credit: Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins; Pamela Mattel, Chief Operating Officer, Acacia Network; Raul Russi, Chief Executive Officer, Acacia Network; and Doug Wirth, President and CEO, Amida Care.

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