NYC Health + Hospitals’ Andrea G. Cohen, JD, Honored As A ‘2024 Notable General Counsel’ By Crain’s

February 14, 2024

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that Andrea (Andy) G. Cohen, JD, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Labor Relations Officer to the health system was honored by Crain’s ‘2024 Notable General Counsels’ recognition list.

The list showcases 35 notable general counsels in the New York metropolitan area guiding health care technology innovators, steering organizations through regulatory landscapes and supporting marginalized groups.

Cohen has spearheaded numerous achievements since joining NYC Health + Hospitals. She has rebuilt the inside legal team to meet the evolving needs of the System, including by bringing onboard a mix of specialists and generalists in relevant fields, rightsizing teams, and developing technology solutions to manage legal fees and high-volume matters.

Her legal team also provided critical support during the COVID pandemic, performing all contracting and legal work for the Test and Trace and vaccine distribution programs. During this period, total outside counsel spending decreased from nearly $23 million in 2018 to about $18 million in 2022.

The honorees featured on the recognition list were nominated by their peers, companies or other acquaintances. Crain’s New York Business editors selected the honorees based on their accomplishments, track record of success and contributions to their industry and community.

Cohen had served as Acting General Counsel since March 1, 2018. Prior to joining NYC Health + Hospitals, she served as Senior Vice President for Program at the non-profit United Hospital Fund, Director of Health Services in the Office of the Mayor, Health and Oversight Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice, among other roles. She also served for seven years as a Commissioner on the Medicaid and CHIP Payment Advisory Committee, Congressional advisory panel.

She graduated from Harvard College and Columbia Law School. In addition to managing the duties of the Office of Legal Affairs, Cohen continues to lead NYC Health + Hospitals’ Labor Relations work.

NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal 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 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. 

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