NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Ronald McDonald House® New York today announced that Ruth C. Browne, SD, MPP, MPH, has been selected as president and chief executive officer of the organization. Dr. Browne joins Ronald McDonald House New York from the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, where she served as CEO since 2004. Dr. Browne was selected after an extensive search, and will assume the role on September 19, 2016.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ruth Browne as president and chief executive officer of the Ronald McDonald House New York,” said Tina Lundgren, Chairman of the Board of Ronald McDonald House New York. “Dr. Browne is a proven leader with a deep background in public health services. She brings more than 20 years’ experience in the non-profit sector with an impressive track record of organizational transformation and development. I am confident she will lead the House with compassion and vision, as we continue with our ongoing expansion and capital improvement campaign.”
Dr. Browne will lead the organization throughout its $23.6 million capital expansion initiative within its facility at East 73rd Street, which will increase the capacity for children battling cancer and also provide more comprehensive family support services. Once completed, the facility will add 11 new rooms, for a total of 95 beds with one outdoor terrace, a wellness center and suites for immunocompromised patients. Dr. Browne’s extensive background establishing and expanding support services will also prove invaluable as the organization ramps up its community outreach efforts by actively expanding its support services to local families who are ineligible to stay within the facility. These initiatives include the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the HHC Kings County Hospital Center; Hospital Outreach programs taking place in partner hospitals throughout New York City; and the Happy Wheels Coffee Cart program.
“I am honored to take on this role for the Ronald McDonald House New York,” said Dr. Ruth C. Browne. “It is a privilege to lead an organization that provides a welcoming and supportive space for pediatric cancer patients and their families throughout their journey. I look forward to working in collaboration with the Ronald McDonald House New York staff and community to build on the organization’s incredible history and further its mission of keeping families together and encouraging hope and healing during a most critical time.”