September 16, 2016

The Brooklyn Hospital Honors Karen B. Peetz with Founders Medal

The Brooklyn Hospital Honors Karen Peetz with Founders Medal

Pictured L to R: NY Islanders Legend, Clark Gillies; Actor, Ralph Macchio; Honoree, Dr. Abraham Jelin; Honoree, Dr. Angela Kerr; Actor, Vincent Piazza; Honoree, Karen Peetz; Brooklyn Hospital President and CEO, Gary Terrinoni; Playwright, David Henry Hwang


The Brooklyn Hospital, Brooklyn’s oldest and longest-serving voluntary hospital, honored Karen B. Peetz, president of BNY Mellon, with The Founders Medal at its annual Founders Ball. The award recognizes Peetz’s strong leadership in the community as evidenced by her many contributions to both civic and philanthropic causes.

Karen is a member of the Board of Trustees for Johns Hopkins University and serves on the Advisory Board for the Carey Business School. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Global Lyme Alliance and the Business Committee for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Karen is the former Chair of the Board for United Way of New York City and Penn State University’s Board of Trustees. In 2012, Peetz received the Women’s Leadership Council Founders Award at United Way’s annual awards celebration based on her power to make a difference.

The Brooklyn Hospital has been helping the borough’s residents since opening its doors in 1845. It serves nearly 300,000 patients annually and trains more than 250 physicians every year.

Underscoring the hospital’s importance, Peetz said in her remarks, “New Yorkers have been learning the hard way that open access to acute care is not guaranteed. This hospital is a Brooklyn treasure, and this community is committed to giving it the support it needs to continue to care for all who enter its doors, regardless of their ability to pay.”

Peetz went on to praise the hard work of the hospital board, staff, administration and volunteers who have dedicated themselves to keeping the institution open for over 170 years and affirmed BNY Mellon’s parallel commitment to serving the people of New York City.

“BNY Mellon has been part of this community since Alexander Hamilton founded us 232 years ago, and we’ve long embraced our responsibility to keep this city vibrant, strong and sustainable; today, we continue to strive for a world where people can live happy, healthy lives.”