NEW YORK, NY (April 18, 2016)

Dr. Arnold Saperstein, President and CEO of MetroPlus Health Plan, announced the appointment of Dr. Talya Schwartz to the position of Chief Medical Officer. An accomplished physician executive, Dr. Schwartz has successfully led business units at Aetna (ActiveHealth), Universal American, and Quartet Health, among others, to innovation, growth and operational efficiencies.

Dr. Schwartz has developed and implemented cost-effective business solutions, combining technology, data, and clinical acumen with individuals’ skills and talents. A respected leader, recognized for creative thinking, Dr. Schwartz has also built highly performing management teams focused on achievement, while nurturing her team members’ personal development, as well.

“I am looking forward to joining a plan with such a strong commitment to improving the health of its members. MetroPlus has always made a deep investment in the health of New Yorkers in communities throughout the city and I am excited to be a part of the team,” said Dr. Schwartz of her new appointment.

“The path to excellence is through talking to and listening to patients and in developing partnerships with providers to ensure they are providing the highest quality care to MetroPlus members,” she added.

“We are honored to add Dr. Schwartz to our leadership team,” added Dr. Saperstein, “and are confident her energy, experience and wisdom will supply critical support to our members, our providers, our staff and our community.”

Dr. Schwartz was educated at Tel-Aviv University, Sackler Medical School. She completed her residency in Pediatrics and did her fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, was Clinical Associate at the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., and Clinical Research Fellow at the National Institute of Health. In addition, she holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management and Leadership from The George Washington University, Washington DC.

Dr. Talya Schwartz assumed her post on Monday, April 18.

About MetroPlus Health Plan

Since 1985, MetroPlus Health Plan has built a reputation for providing access to affordable, quality health care to residents of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Its Marketplace and Essential Plans are now available to Staten Island residents, as well. A wholly-owned subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system, MetroPlus is the plan of choice for nearly half a million New Yorkers. In addition to Medicaid Managed Care, MetroPlus offers Child Health Plus; several Medicare Plans; a Special Needs Plan (SNP) for people with HIV and their families; a Long-Term Managed Care Plan; MetroPlus Gold, a plan exclusively for New York City employees; new FIDA and HARP plans, and almost four dozen NY State of Health Marketplace products. The company’s robust network of primary care doctors and specialists includes many independent community providers. Culturally sensitive, and fluent in more than 70 languages, MetroPlus staff is as diverse as the great city it serves. Visit us at metroplus.org and join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter.

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation with a network of 11 hospitals including six regional trauma centers, community-based health centers, nursing homes, postacute care centers, and a correctional health services unit. The system includes a home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlus. The health system provides essential services to 1.2 million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the five boroughs. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees are uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. Visit nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected: Facebook or Twitter.