Jan. 9, 2018: Mitchell H. Katz has been hired as the President of NYC Health and Hospitals, the New York City government office’s third leader in four years, effective as of yesterday, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. NYC Health and Hospitals is a system of eleven hospitals, five nursing facilities and more than seventy community-based health care centers and extension clinics. Katz, 58, previously worked on stabilizing the Los Angeles County Health Agency, the second-largest public health care system in the country. In Los Angeles, Katz said that he inherited a $250 million budget deficit when he became the Director of the Department of Health Services in 2011, and that he was leaving it with a $560 million surplus. Katz, a physician who still saw patients while leading the agency, which has a $7.6 billion budget, four hospitals, a network of outpatient clinics, and about 34,000 employees, moved the Department of Health Services away from hospital care and toward outpatient services. Before he worked for the Los Angeles County Health Agency, Katz worked for thirteen years at the San Francisco Public Health Department, where he created the first publicly-funded needle exchange program in the country and Healthy San Francisco, a health insurance program. In New York City, Katz said he plans to see patients at Gotham Health on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. NYC Health and Hospitals has a $7 billion budget and about 40,000 employees.