Dear Community Healthcare Network Supporter –

On behalf of the patients and staff of Community Healthcare Network, I want to thank you for your support of our first Virtual Gala.


I want to extend my thanks to Northwell President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dowling and Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines for a timely and thought provoking discussion on the future of healthcare in New York City. 


The pandemic forced us to rethink many things, like the future of telehealth and how racism drives health disparities. This year, we also we had to rethink our a “traditional” gala.  Your willingness to participate and donate proved that you will always show up for our patients. Your support continues to be a light in otherwise somber times.


CHN’s communities need us now more than ever. We can’t do that without your support. Please visit to contribute to CHN’s mission of providing critical care to all New Yorkers. Every dollar counts.


Robert M. Hayes
President and Chief Executive Officer
Community Healthcare Network

Watch the panel recap with Michael Dowling, Robert Hayes, and Ambassador Nix-Hines here:


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Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwell Health

Michael Dowling is one of health care’s most influential voices, taking a stand on societal issues such as gun violence and immigration that many health system CEOs shy away from. As president and CEO of Northwell Health, he leads a clinical, academic and research enterprise with a workforce of more than 72,000 and annual revenue of $13.5 billion. Northwell is the largest health care provider and private employer in New York State, caring for more than two million people annually through a vast network of nearly 800 outpatient facilities, including 220 primary care practices, 52 urgent care centers, home care, rehabilitation and end-of-life programs, and 23 hospitals.


Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling was the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining Northwell Health in 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield.


Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.


Before his public service career, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, and director of the Fordham campus in Westchester County.

Our Moderator

Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines, Partner at Quinn Emmanuel Trial Lawyers

Our moderator for tonight’s discussion is Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines. Ambassador Hines is a Partner in the Los Angeles Office where she focuses on class action litigation, sovereign disputes, contractual and unfair business practice disputes, shareholder derivative actions, internal investigations and other complex matters. Her clients include domestic and multinational corporations, global investment firms and major non-profit organizations. Ambassador Nix-Hines returned to the firm in 2017 after her tenure in Paris as U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO. She Co-Chairs the firm’s Crisis Law & Strategy Group, which helps clients with crisis management and resolution, as well as longer-term strategic issues including diversity and inclusion, compliance and corporate governance issues. She also Chairs the firm’s Education Practice Group and is currently defending numerous universities in COVID-19-related class action litigation. She initially joined the firm in 2008 as Of Counsel.


A former Supreme Court law clerk to Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Sandra Day O’Connor, and to the late William Norris of the Ninth Circuit, Ambassador Nix-Hines excels in formulating legal strategy and written product that will demolish the opposing side. She works actively to secure early victories for clients at the motion to dismiss or summary judgment stages, while laying the groundwork for a successful appeal, if necessary. She has played an instrumental role in numerous trial and appellate cases, including two successful cases before the Supreme Court.


During her ambassadorial tenure, Ambassador Nix-Hines established a proactive, entrepreneurial and constructive mandate for the U.S. Mission that highlighted American leadership and improved organizational governance and effectiveness. She successfully led United States’ efforts in Paris to secure reelection to UNESCO’s Executive Board – the key decision-making body – as well as launched a series of innovative initiatives, including two global public-private partnerships.


Ambassador Nix-Hines earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she graduated with honors and served as Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review. During her nine-year tenure as a Trustee of Princeton University, she served on its Executive and Nominating Committees, and chaired its Student Life Committee. Along with other Trustees, she oversaw the University’s $21 billion endowment, as well as a Capital Campaign that raised over $1.88 billion. She currently serves on the Board of the California Community Foundation and the advisory board of Cross River Bank.

Our Sponsors

Community Healthcare Network’s mission is impossible to achieve without the continued support of our community. We thank the below sponsors for their dedication to our patients, especially at this important time. We are proud to recognize them as partners in providing all New Yorkers with the healthcare they deserve.


Northwell Health


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United Healthcare


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Evers Pharmacy

Jamaica Hospital

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