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Although the pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of society, no field was more immediately and wholly transformed than health care after Covid-19 struck New York. 

Workers in all spheres of the industry—including physicians, medical technology developers and insurance company executives—were forced to pivot, and they continue to adjust today. The sharpening focus on public and individual health crystallized imperatives such as widely accessible health care, responsive physician training and ever-more-sophisticated technologies. 

During the health emergency a class of heroic health care workers arose in the New York area—intrepid professionals willing to work flexibly and even to put themselves in danger. New Yorkers and people the world over benefited from their dedication, innovation and sacrifice. 

In that spirit, Crain’s recognizes 86 individuals who have helped people lead healthier lives. Those making this Notable Health Care Leaders list come from hospitals, government agencies, tech startups and related fields. The honorees are notable for their consummate leadership, pioneering accomplishments and ability to adjust to crises. Moreover, all of them have demonstrated a commitment to mentoring. 

To be eligible, nominees were required to live in New York City or its environs, work for a health care or health insurance organization, have at least 10 years of experience in the field and hold a leadership role. They also had to have a willingness to share their expertise with others in the field. 

Dr. Christopher Comfort Chief operating Officer Calvary Hospital 

Comfort oversees operations, administration and patient care at Calvary Hospital’s facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. He led an acute-care facility devoted to palliative care during the pandemic, and he has developed and implemented innovative continuum-of-care programs at many city hospitals in an effort to improve end-of-life care. Comfort launched the CalvaryCare RN Residency Program in palliative and end-of-life care, created to offer a more diverse community of nurses the training required to enter the field. Comfort holds a variety of service and research roles at medical institutions, colleges and universities throughout the metropolitan area.

Article here: https://www.crainsnewyork.com/awards/christopher-comfort-notable-healthcare-leaders-2022