Bio – Calandra Y Branch, MBA, FACHE

Calandra Y. Branch is a Senior Director of Network Operations at the Mount Sinai Health System, with responsibility for the operational, financial, facility and human resource functions of the Mount Sinai Doctors’ practices in Nassau County. She joined the System in 2018 as Deputy Director of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Calandra has almost 30 years of leadership experience in healthcare, including responsibility for creating and executing short and long-term strategic, financial and technological objectives. She served in clinical operations, finance and project management roles for the first 26 years of her career at NewYork-Presbyterian. Her financial management expertise included oversight of a $400 million budget and leading a multidisciplinary, cross-campus operational efficiency project which achieved $150 million in premium labor cost savings. Serving as Director of Operations, she provided operational and fiscal oversight of the 270-bed behavioral health campus of NYP.

Calandra holds a Master of Business Administration from Adelphi University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hofstra University, where she currently serves as President of the Black/Hispanic Alumni Association, and member of the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing Advisory Board. She is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives. A career mentor and public speaker on leadership and patient-centered care, Calandra is a Certified John C. Maxwell leadership coach, trainer and speaker, and hosts the Lessons in Leadership podcast, which explores various topics around leadership development, mentoring and coaching. As a public speaker, Calandra has presented twice at the Planetree International Conference on Person Centered Care, and was a guest lecturer for the Sloan Program for Health Administration at Cornell University and the School of Management at Pace University. She is also an Adjunct Instructor and mentor for the Master of Health Administration program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“Leadership is about being yourself and continually learning and growing as a leader. What inspires me to lead is the commitment to lifelong learning and the ability to mentor and coach future leaders. My leadership philosophy is this: I don’t seek status, but instead strive to have a story to tell. Status impresses, but a story inspires. I’d rather inspire someone to create their own success than just impress them with mine.”