NYC Health + Hospitals Receives Nine Awards For Its Dedication To Top-Notch Palliative Care

February 22, 2024

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced it received nine awards from the Center to Advance Palliative Care for the health system’s commitment to high-quality palliative care.

As part of its 2023 Tipping Point Challenge national challenge for clinical training, the Center to Advance Palliative Care recognized NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler as one of 15 winners and NYC Health + Hospitals/McKinney as one of 47 honor roll recipients in a pool of over 1,700 health care organizations nationwide. In addition, the Center’s New York City challenge recognized McKinney as one of 5 winners and four additional NYC Health + Hospitals sites in its citywide honor roll.

Lastly, the Center also recognized two individuals at NYC Health + Hospitals for their commitment to expanding their skills: Yetunde Egbeyale, RN at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler and Valentina Forcella, RN at NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health. The clinical training challenge encourages clinicians across medical specialties to enhance their skills to care for seriously ill patients, including communication, pain management, opioid prescribing, symptom management, and dementia care.

“Our palliative care teams work every day to relieve the symptoms and stress of serious illness, such as pain, nausea, and depression,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Machelle Allen, MD. “Thank you to the Tipping Point Challenge for recognizing our care teams’ commitment to learn and grow as they improve the quality of life of our patients.”

“Congratulations to the clinical teams at Coler for their demonstrated commitment to meeting the palliative care needs of our residents through their pursuit of on-going professional growth and development,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler CEO Stephen Catullo.

“I am proud that our The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge provided a catalyst for clinicians from all specialties and disciplines to enhance their skills through CAPC courses,” said CAPC CEO Brynn Bowman, MPA. “The enthusiasm of health care organizations across the country to rapidly enhance skills that are not usually the focus of training in medical school, is a testament to the extraordinary need to improve the quality of care provided to people living with a serious illness. CAPC is honored to play a part in the achievement of better outcomes for patients, families, and caregivers.”

NYC Health + Hospitals received the following awards for the Center to Advance Palliative Care’s 2023 Tipping Point Challenge for Clinical Training:

  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, Winner, National Challenge
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/McKinney
    • Honor Roll, National Challenge
    • Winner, New York City Challenge
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care, Honor Roll, New York City Challenge
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, Honor Roll, New York City Challenge
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, Honor Roll, New York City Challenge
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital, Honor Roll, New York City Challenge
  • Yetunde Egbeyale, RN, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, Individual winner
  • Valentina Forcella, RN, NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health, Individual winner

The national Tipping Point Challenge is sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care and The John A. Hartford Foundation, and the New York City challenge receives additional funding from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

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 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit

The Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, technical assistance, and metrics necessary to redesign care systems that effectively meet this need. CAPC is funded through membership and the generous support of foundations and private philanthropy. It is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York

Photo credit: 1) Harlem Hospital. 2) NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler celebrates their national win for the CAPC Tipping Challenge in long-term care, joined by CEO Stephen Catullo, Associate Executive Director Monsy Nieves-Martinez, Chief Nursing Officer Yves-Rose Pascal, Director of Quality Management Brittany Daughtry, and the clinical education team.

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