Dinah Surh, MPH is a native New Yorker who loves the opportunities and challenges of providing healthcare for our ethnically diverse communities. Dinah has over twenty years of direct senior ambulatory care management experience in large hospital-based and community-oriented primary care networks, on both a facility and corporate-wide basis. These settings have provided her the opportunity to create and facilitate the implementation of many innovative primary care and community-based programs in the large urban neighborhoods of New York City. She has forged partnerships with many community and faith-based organizations to improve health. She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley . She started her career at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYC-HHC) where she worked for nearly twelve years with management responsibility for ambulatory care services at several HHC facilities, and served as Corporate Director for Primary Care at their headquarters in Manhattan . From 1993 2005, Dinah worked at Lutheran Medical Center with responsibilities for their Federally Qualified Community Health Center Network (FQHC), playing a key role in doubling the number of visits from 300,000 to 600,000 annually. She established a focus on cultural competence, patient and staff satisfaction, and fiscal performance. She was promoted from Director of Operations to Senior Vice President and Interim CEO of the ambulatory care network. She implemented a September 11th Fund insurance product in Brooklyn and Manhattan for displaced workers and their families affected by the September 11th tragedy by providing health insurance and care for over 1,000 families. In addition, she obtained federal funding to launch a Healthy Connections Center that provides bilingual crisis counseling and outreach for those affected by September 11. Dinah has a passion and commitment to increase access for the medically under served and medically uninsured.
Dinah has held the office of Treasurer, Vice President, and is currently President-Elect of the Board of Directors of the New York Association for Ambulatory Care (NYAAC). She is also a frequent speaker on local, state and national ambulatory care forums including radio, satellite television and web-casts.
As Vice President for Ambulatory Care Services at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and the Caledonian Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Dinah believes that identifying and sustaining partnerships is crucial to obtaining the resources needed to ensure the total health and well-being of our community residents. She is looking forward to providing leadership and promoting teamwork to ensure the provision of high-quality healthcare and community-based services, while reducing ethnic health disparities in Brooklyn .