June 23, 2020
Health Policy and Management alumna Liduvina Martinez-Gonzalez MS ’87 has been named a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Martinez-Gonzalez serves as Executive Director and Vice President for Clinical Administration with the SUNY College of Optometry University Eye Center (UEC).
Fellow status represents the gold standard of achievement in professional development, a distinction held by only 25 percent of ACHE’s 48,000 members.
“Ms. Martinez-Gonzalez represents the best of the best in healthcare leadership guiding our team,” said David A. Heath, OD, President of SUNY College of Optometry. “Under her direction, the University Eye Center has expanded its clinical expertise, staffing, and services in response to the needs of our growing and diverse patient population.”
To obtain the FACHE designation, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits, and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.
“It is a privilege to have received this honor, especially at a time when healthcare leaders and providers of all levels are working closely together to navigate the new and uncertain challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Ms. Martinez-Gonzalez. “I am committed to strengthening and redefining our approaches to care for the benefit of our patients and entire community.”
With 30 years of experience in healthcare management, Martinez-Gonzalez has dedicated much of her career to the development and expansion of the UEC, serving in multiple administrative positions since 1990. In her current role as UEC executive director and vice president of clinical administration, she is responsible for the Center’s administrative operations and strategic endeavors.
Before joining the College, Ms. Martinez-Gonzalez worked for the New York Health + Hospitals Corporation, the organization that operates the public hospitals and clinics in New York City, and at the Morrisania Neighborhood Family Care Center in the Bronx. She received her MS in Health Policy and Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. In recognition of her professional expertise and service, Ms. Martinez-Gonzalez received the College’s first President’s Merit Award in Excellence and was named one of Vision Monday’s 2015 Most Influential Women in Optical. She is a longstanding member of the American Public Health Association and Healthcare Leaders of New York.