Susan L. Browning named president of Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Susan Browning, appointed president at Vassar Brothers Medical Center


Nuvance Health has appointed Susan L. Browning as the new President of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. 

“We are thrilled to have Susan join our team,” said Michelle Robertson, Chief Operating Officer of Nuvance Health. “She has a strong track record of leadership and a deep commitment to delivering high-quality patient care, and we believe she is the perfect fit to lead Vassar Brothers Medical Center into the future.”

Browning replaces Peter Kelly, who recently retired from his position after a more-than-40-year career in healthcare. Browning is an accomplished executive with diverse experience in hospital and health system strategic development and operations, ambulatory network organization, and physician and community partnerships. She joins Nuvance Health from Northwell Health where she served as Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Strategy and Business Development. Before that, she was Executive Director of Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital. 

In her role as President of Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Browning will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the operations, including financial performance, patient satisfaction and quality of care. She will work closely with the talented team of healthcare professionals to ensure Vassar Brothers Medical Center continues to be a leader in healthcare in the Hudson Valley. 

Browning will also serve as Western Regional President for Nuvance Health. As the lead executive in the New York region of Nuvance Health, she will have operational oversight of Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY, led by President Denise George, and Putnam Hospital in Carmel, NY, led by President Dr. Mark Hirko.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the President of Vassar Brothers Medical Center,” Browning said. “I am committed to building upon the strong foundation and working with the team to provide the highest level of care to our patients. I also look forward to working with all of our Nuvance Health colleagues as we strive for excellence in these challenging times.”

Browning was with Northwell Health for more than 24 years and previously served in senior leadership roles at Staten Island University Hospital, the Health System’s clinical service lines, Northwell’s ambulatory services, and the health system’s corporate operations. Prior to Northwell Health, Susan was a Vice President for Administration at New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where she led hospital operations and support services, as well as strategic ambulatory care development and outpatient operations. 

Browning received her Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College at Columbia University. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, past president of Healthcare Leaders of New York, and served as an examiner with the United States Department of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program.