Our Leadership

Barbara Hiney, RN
Executive Vice President, MJHS Hospice and MJHS Palliative Care

With an extensive background in hospice and palliative care and more than 15 years of senior level management experience, Barbara Hiney is responsible for overseeing one of the largest hospice and palliative care organizations in New York State.

Barbara is a licensed registered nurse with a master’s degree in professional health studies with a concentration in hospital administration. She is board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Administration (CHPCA).

Through Barbara’s leadership and expertise, MJHS Hospice and Palliative operates an expansive continuum of care that includes multiple hospice inpatient units, two of the only 16-bed hospice demonstration residences in New York State, multiple contracts providing hospice and palliative care in facilities and in the community. She has overseen two recent constructions projects and is currently responsible for overseeing the building of a dedicated adult and pediatric innovative hospice inpatient unit, which is scheduled to open in July of 2014.

Barbara has spearheaded the development of a number of culturally-sensitive services and programs such as Halachic Pathway for Orthodox Jewish families and an end-of-life program for New York City’s growing Chinese population.

Under Barbara’s leadership, MJHS has developed one of the largest financially sustainable community based palliative care programs in the country and provided the leadership and support needed to open MJHS Medical Associates, physician practice group. Other achievements include the development of an innovative program for community-based palliative care services for managed care companies in addition to the development of the Screening and Early Palliative Care Intervention program in partnership with a large New York City hospital and its Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

In addition, Barbara oversaw the 2010 acquisition of Jacob Perlow Hospice from Beth Israel Medical Center-a member of the Mount Sinai hospital network. This strategic initiative also moved the operation of the Jacob Perlow inpatient unit, in conjunction with Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, and the Mollie and Jack Zicklin Jewish Hospice Residence, under MJHS auspices.
Currently Barbara serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State and is the co-chair of the Hospice Managed Care Task Force Committee of New York State Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

In 2011, Barbara was honored by the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) and was presented with the “Professional of the Year” award for going “above and beyond the call of duty in enhancing the quality of life for older Jewish adults.” The AJAS says the award honors “an outstanding AJAS professional in administration, social work, nursing, marketing and/or development. This individual reflects the highest standards of professional knowledge and expertise; has shown exceptional leadership; and is highly respected by the staff, residents and families served.”

Prior to MJHS, Barbara was the Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Clinical Services for Hospice, Inc. serving Dutchess and Ulster Counties. Before her COO position at Hospice Inc., she was the Regional Director of St. Peter’s Hospice, which later became the Community Hospice.
Barbara has presented at several state and national conferences and has served as a co-investigator on two research projects.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Director, MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care
Chief Medical Officer, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Dr. Russell Portenoy is Director of the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care and Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. He is also a Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining MJHS, Dr. Portenoy was founding Chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care and the Gerald J. Friedman Chair in Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center.

Renowned as a health care leader, Dr. Portenoy is Past President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Past President of the American Pain Society. He previously chaired the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the organization that successfully formalized hospice and palliative medicine as a medical subspecialty. A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Leadership Award of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Portenoy has also received the Wilbert Fordyce Award for Lifetime Excellence in Clinical Investigation and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society, and was given the Founder’s Award by the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Portenoy has been Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management for more than two decades, co-edits the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and is editor for the palliative care section of The Oncologist. He has written, co-authored or edited 21 books and more than 525 papers and book chapters on topics in pain and symptom management, opioid pharmacotherapy and palliative care.

 

Dr. Bernard Lee
Associate Chief Medical Officer

As Associate Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice, Dr. Bernard Lee works with a large team of hospice and palliative care practitioners, including physicians, nurses and physician assistants to provide expert, end-of-life care, as well as pain and symptom management to patients throughout the Greater New York City area.

Dr. Lee also is a palliative care attending physician within Montefiore Medical Center’s palliative care inpatient unit and consult service, as well as a teaching attending at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in palliative care and family medicine. Prior to joining MJHS Hospice, he served as Senior Medical Director for Compassionate Care Hospice and as Bronx Hospice Medical Director for Continuum Hospice Care. He also worked as a family medicine attending physician at Montefiore.

Dr. Lee graduated from the United States Military Academy West Point with a bachelor of science in national security and public affairs; completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at New York University; and earned a medical degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine. He is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine, as well as family practice. He also is New York State-certified in medical acupuncture and HIV and cancer pain massage.

 

Rabbi Charles Rudansky
Director of Pastoral Care

Since 2005, Rabbi Charles Rudansky has been director of pastoral care at MJHS Hospice, where he oversees three other chaplains and coordinates with medical staff to meet the spiritual needs of patients. Before coming to MJHS Hospice, he worked for Cabrini Medical Center, Hospice; Continuum Hospice Care of Mount Sinai Beth Israel; and Hospice Care Network.

Prior to specializing in hospice, Rudansky served as a hospital chaplain and as a chaplain for the U.S. Army, where he held the rank of captain. Certified as a medical chaplain from the New York Board of Rabbis, he also is certified in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) from the Health Care Chaplaincy. He received his ordination from Yeshiva University in 1989 and lives in Westchester County, where he is rabbi of Orienta Synagogue.

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