In honor of Women’s History Month, Maloney and Simotas hosted “Celebrating the Women of Western Queens” and honored Caryn A. Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens, with the Excellence in Public Health Award.
Schwab took over as executive director 15 years ago and has worked in New York City health care for over 30 years. As executive director, Schwab got Mount Sinai Queens accredited by the Joint Commission as a primary stroke center — the only one in Queens — adopted an electronic health record and is currently overseeing a building addition that is slated to open in 2016.
Maloney praised Schwab for “leading the effort to expand Mount Sinai Queens and make it an even better hospital to serve our community.”
“I’m honored to be recognized by Congresswoman Maloney and Assemblywoman Simotas as part of Women’s History Month,” Schwab said. “It’s important to celebrate the efforts of all of the people who have opened the door to equality for women and recognize that the door still needs to open wider.”
The ceremony took place at the Astor Room in Astoria and also honored Lorraine Grillo, president and CEO of New York School Construction Authority, with the Gloria D’Amico Award for Civic Leadership and Anna Kril, founder and president of Shareing and Careing, with the Community Service Award.
“These women work tirelessly day in and day out for the betterment of western Queens, and are absolutely deserving of this recognition,” Maloney said.
“Our distinguished honorees are proof that western Queens is home to countless impressive and effective women leaders who are committed to public service, community support, and improving the well-being of others,” Simotas added. “Each of these individuals is a personal inspiration to me and a role model to our next generation of strong women.”