Paul Vitale, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brightpoint Health, was inducted as a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine on Thursday, November 5. The Academy, which was founded in 1847, describes itself as “a vital source for effective and, often, radical thought and action regarding the health care and public health problems that affect New York City, in particular, and cities in general.” Much of the Academy’s work is centered on The Institute for Urban Health, dedicated to making cities healthier through research, policy and practice.
“Being inducted into this prestigious group is an honor for me and an honor for Brightpoint Health,” Vitale said. “Our organization shares much with the Academy, especially a commitment to eliminating health care disparities. Although I am the one inducted as a Fellow, this affiliation will benefit everyone at Brightpoint Health and importantly, the New Yorkers for whom we provide quality health care.”
The prestigious Fellows program includes more than 2,000 individuals whose role, according to the Academy, is to “lead the conversation in medicine and health.” The Fellows embody the highest levels of achievement and leadership in the fields of medicine, health and allied professions. Fellowship candidates follow a rigorous selection process; they must be nominated by multiple current fellows and show evidence of distinguished achievement in their field.
Vitale, who is also a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, has over 30 years of leadership experience in all types of health care organizations including acute care, primary care, long-term care, home care and healthcare consulting. Prior to joining Brightpoint, he was the executive director of business development for Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
Since Vitale assumed the CEO position at Brightpoint in 2009, the organization has experienced a three-fold growth in revenues and over 1,500% increase in clinical services. He propelled the opening of a dental clinic, transition of the health clinics to FQHC status, and development of the health home program. Vitale also oversaw Brightpoint’s highly successful merger with Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) and other acquisitions that resulted in organizational growth.
Vitale intends to play an active role at the Academy, attending conferences, participating in committees, especially those dealing with population health and eliminating health disparities, one of the Academy’s current priorities along with healthy aging and disease prevention.
Brightpoint and the Academy are similar in their missions and goals, although the Academy’s interests extend to cities throughout the globe while Brightpoint is New York City focused. The Academy recently launched a new web site and visual design featuring a cityscape, a photographic rendering rather than Brightpoint’s distinctive drawings. The new look was described as “reaffirming our dedication to urban health, addressing the broader determinants of health, and the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to care.” Integrated care is at the core of Brightpoint’s programs and services.