The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NHI), the world’s largest research hospital, located in Bethesda, Maryland, is seeking to increase its patient safety frameworks. NHI was recently reviewed by a task force led by Norm Augustine. Among the recommendations was the formation of an outside hospital board to oversee the clinical center. Laura Forese will chair the new board.
Augustine is the retired chair and CEO of Lockheed Martin. He has served in many leadership and advisory roles since leaving Lockheed, including that of Undersecretary of the Army and 16 years on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Augustine, was presented with the National Medal of Technology, received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award and is a five-time recipient of the Department of Defense’s Civilian Distinguished Service Medal. He holds twenty-three honorary degrees, including one from Princeton in 2007. Augustine received a M.S. in 1959 and a B.S. in 1957, both in Aeronautical Engineering from Princeton University.
Forese is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of New York Presbyterian, including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services, and NewYork-Presbyterian Population and Community Health. She is responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian’s operating targets, and implementing patient-centered strategic vision and culture. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian-Hospital in 2003 as vice president of medical affairs and, since then, has held a number of leadership roles. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Forese holds an M.D. and a master of public health degree from Columbia University, where she spent four years as vice chair in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and has been a Columbia faculty member since 1993. A graduate from Princeton in 1983 with a BSE in civil engineering, Forese has served on the steering committee of Princeton’s Women in Leadership Initiative and after completing a term as a trustee of Princeton University, rejoined the board in 2015 for a charter term of eight years.