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Chief Executive Officers

Helen Arteaga Landaverde

Helen Arteaga Landaverde, MPH, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

Dr. Helen Arteaga-Landaverde has served as CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, a 545-bed Level 1 Trauma and Academic Medical Center with over a million patient visits a year, since February 2021. She is the first woman of color and the first Latina to lead the hospital’s executive team.  Under Helen’s leadership, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst has been recognized as one of U.S. News and World Report’s  “Best Regional Hospitals” and one of the nation’s “High Performing” hospitals in 9 individual service areas,  including  Heart Failure, Heart Attack, Stroke, Hip Fracture, Kidney Failure, Orthopedics, Pneumonia, and COPD.

Helen has also led Elmhurst Hospital’s efforts to improve clinical quality measures and patient satisfaction scores. In September 2023, The Joint Commission recognized Elmhurst as the first hospital in New York State to achieve a Health Equity Gold standard certification, based on the facility’s  dedication to reducing disparities in healthcare access, outcomes, and experiences. Helen has also spearheaded the hospital’s efforts to obtain Planetree Silver Level Certification for Excellence in Person-Centered Care and has worked closely with the hospital’s healthcare providers as they reached major milestones such as recognition from the American Heart Association for providing outstanding care to patients with chronic disease conditions and the AACN’s Beacon Awards for excellence in providing nursing care within intensive care units.

She has proven to be a visionary leader in terms of planning for the hospital’s future, lobbying local elected officials to secure funds for major renovations such as improving the main entrance , operating suites, intensive care units, HIV Clinic, Labor and Delivery Suite and Women’s Pavilion.  Helen has also strongly recognized the critical need to provide extra support to hospital healthcare workers by overseeing the implementation of NYC Health + Hospitals first comprehensive Wellness program.

Prior to her role at Elmhurst, Helen served as Assistant Vice President, Queens Network and Executive Initiatives at Urban Health Plan, a network of NYC-based community health centers. In partnership with Paloma Hernandez, the President and CEO of Urban Health Plan, she founded Plaza del Sol Family Health Center in June of 2009.

Helen has a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In June 2023, she received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York’s School of Public Health in Community Health and Health Policy.  Helen completed a fellowship with the National Hispana Leadership Institute and Harvard Kennedy School of Government in September 2010. In both 2021, 2022, and 2024, she was named as one of City and State’s Queens Power 100 and has been named one of Crain’s New York Business’s Notable Hispanic Leaders and Executives, a Crain’s Notable Leader in Healthcare, and a Crain’s Women of Influence Finalist. In March 2024, she was recognized by NYS Governor Kathy Hochul for her work with New York State’s Latina Mentoring Initiative and for her accomplishments in promoting health equity.