Dr. Laura Forese
Executive vice president and chief operating officer,
Forese has been considered a woman to watch and top COO for several years, as she worked to improve New York-Presbyterian’s performance. But she also recognized the importance of staff morale during the pandemic, holding daily broadcasts with the health system’s staff after treating New York’s first hospitalized COVID-19 patient. “Really our job was to make sure that we were doing everything we could to provide for everyone in this pandemic, because they were the ones who were going to be taking care of all of these patients,” she said.