June 23, 2016
HANYS Honors Dennis Whalen for Decades of Service
BOLTON LANDING, N.Y.—In recognition of his decades of service to the people of New York State and the healthcare community, the Healthcare Association of New York State honored Dennis P. Whalen with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Whalen—HANYS President—will retire in July.
As a respected leader, Mr. Whalen has been an unwavering advocate for improving healthcare in New York State for more than four decades, holding key leadership positions in state government in both Democratic and Republican administrations. He joined HANYS in 2009 and has served as president since 2013.
“All New Yorkers have been well served having Dennis as key figure in healthcare policy for the last four decades—a time of unprecedented transformation, using his political acumen and insight to shape the healthcare landscape of today and tomorrow,” said HANYS’ Board Chair Stephens Mundy. “We thank Dennis for his tremendous service and invaluable contribution to our greater community.”
Throughout his career, Mr. Whalen has used his knowledge, credibility, and capacity to reconcile conflict and achieve consensus on complex health policy issues. From his time on the Berger Commission to service as Director of State Operations, Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Health, Director of the Office of Health Systems Management, and Director of the New York State AIDS Institute, Mr. Whalen developed his strong reputation for seeing the bigger picture and ensuring the most appropriate outcome.
HANYS' Distinguished Service Award has annually recognized individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to improving healthcare through service since its inception in 1979. This award was presented at HANYS' Annual Membership Conference.
Associate Director, Public and Media Relations
The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 550 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other healthcare organizations.