NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln celebrates diversity, African-American history

James Carr, Infrastructure Service director for both NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and Chief Information Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, was the third honoree. Carr is also a retired master gunnery sergeant of the United States Marine Corps. He has shown an unwavering commitment to veterans of all branches of service. He has energetically ensured veteran recognition of groups such as the Montford Point Marines, who received Congressional Gold Medals, and the Tuskegee Airmen and has played a key role in involving NYC Health + Hospitals facilities in Veterans Day celebrations. He is a particularly strong advocate for ensuring all necessary health services (both at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln and at VA facilities) are provided to our vets and thinks “out of the box” on the delivery of those services. Carr is also the vice president of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation of New York.

Gerald Brown was honored as the second vice president of the Executive Board of the Communications Workers of America Local 1180, which has 8,500 members. He brings educational and career development concerns of members to light, lobbying for opportunities for free undergraduate and graduate credits. He coordinates the legislative program for 1180 and promotes better working environments for CWA’s NYC and NYS employees. A friend to NYC Health + Hospitals in general and to NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in particular, he is a passionate advocate for CWA members.

Sallie Evans and Harold Ricks were honored as, respectively, the retired president and vice president of the Committee of Friends, which was formed with the goal to continuously teach the strong, proud heritage of African-Americans and to educate the communities in which we live and work. With a combined 95 years working at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, they spoke of the long-term commitment to Black history at the hospital through this committee. They both emphasized the joy of membership and of their careers.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, located at 234 E. 149th Street in the Bronx, is a 362-bed, Acute Care Level 1 Trauma Center with the busiest single site emergency department in the region. Winner of the 2012 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Finalist Award and given 2013 recognition as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, the hospital emphasizes primary care and specialty medicine and uses the latest advances in medical science. The hospital is a member of the NYC Health + Hospitals health care system.

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 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit and stay connected on Facebook at or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.