Meet Your 40 Under 40 Winner - Alexis Davis, Chief Communications Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

Sept. 20, 2023
Congratulations to Alexis Davis for being named to the inaugural Healthcare Innovation 40 Under 40 awards program!

Congratulations to 40 Under 40 Winner: Alexis Davis, Chief Communications Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

Get To Know Alexis:

Age (as of December 31, 2023): 32

Hometown: Mount Sinai, NY 

Alma Matter: Huntington University

Number of Years of Experience in Healthcare: 4 1/2 years 

Someone You Look Up to in the Industry: Opal Sinclair Chung, our Chief Nursing Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, is an exceptional leader known for her compassionate approach to patient care and unwavering advocacy for what's right for our patients and nurses. From day one of my tenure, she embraced me, becoming a supportive colleague and, over time, a cherished friend.

Favorite Hobby: Kickboxing 

Favorite Movie of All-Time: Lucy 

Favorite Band or Musician: Beres Hammond (classic) & Giveon (new)

Your Favorite thing about healthcare: My favorite aspect of healthcare is the profound human connection that unites clinical and non-clinical staff, colleagues, community members, and patients. It's like being part of a harmonious symphony, where empathy, commitment, and knowledge combine to help people live their healthiest lives. Through collaboration, every member of our hospital has an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to saving lives. I truly enjoy working with my amazing team to create informative, engaging content that empowers the public to discover, learn, and grow. This way, they can take charge of their healthcare by actively participating in it and embracing a healthy lifestyle from the inside out. 

Why is this candidate a good fit for 40 under 40?

Alexis Davis, at the age of 32, has revolutionized communication strategies since joining NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, a level 1 trauma center in Brooklyn, New York, at the age of 28, making her the youngest member of the Executive Administration Senior Cabinet. She has introduced podcasts, social media platforms, symposiums, videos, and more to foster collaboration, knowledge-sharing, engagement, and the enhancement of patient education. Through symposiums, Davis has created a platform for healthcare professionals to come together and exchange insights. She has successfully positioned Kings County and its experts in notable media outlets, including the New York Times, News 12, CBS, NBC, and Modern Healthcare Magazine. Her ability to secure media coverage and raise awareness about the hospital's services and advancements highlights her influence in the industry. By effectively engaging with the media, Davis has established herself as a key figure in healthcare communications, contributing to the hospital's reputation and impact.   Alexis has supported with transforming the hospital environment through the implementation of branded elevator wraps, innovative way-finding solutions, the auditorium redesign, and captivating pole banner designs. These strategic visual elements not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also improve navigation and create a cohesive and immersive experience for patients, visitors, and staff. With her keen attention to detail and creative vision, Davis has elevated the hospital's rebranding and efforts to create a welcoming and visually stimulating environment for all who enter. She launched an informative podcast series for the hospital engaging global audiences with medical experts and thought leaders from the hospital to provide valuable information. Leveraging platforms like Facebook and Twitter, she has connected with patients and professionals, extending the hospital's reach. Through over 75 engaging Facebook Lives and producing over 200 informative videos, Davis has effectively utilized these platforms to establish meaningful connections and provide valuable information to a broad audience. Davis has made a concerted effort to introduce eco-conscious practices by transitioning from a paper-based newsletter to producing and designing a globally available monthly digital employee update magazine for NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County. This magazine showcases the staff, events, health education, health observances, awards, recognitions, key developments, and more while reducing paper waste, promoting sustainability, and revitalizing employee morale. Under her leadership, Alexis Davis has implemented digital displays and kiosks throughout the campus for information sharing and recognizing staff achievements. These displays effectively showcase the accomplishments and contributions of the staff in a visually engaging and impactful manner. Furthermore, Davis has effectively harnessed the power of videos to showcase the hospital's services and exceptional care. These innovative approaches have elevated the hospital's brand, extended its impact, and ultimately improved healthcare outcomes.

Explain this candidate’s professional accomplishments:

Alexis Davis holds a bachelor's degree in International Marketing, a master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Huntington University, a credential in Executive Coaching, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design. Through her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Instructional Design, Davis is leveraging her expertise to enhance how people learn and process information, employing innovative strategies and methodologies to optimize educational experiences and facilitate effective knowledge acquisition. She holds a certificate from the National Institution of Health in Protecting Human Research and a certificate from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in Crisis Communications. She was named to The Wall Street Journal's Women of Note database as an innovative woman who shared her expertise and inspiration and was featured by American Express's Thinking Outside the Box Forum. Davis received the 2021 Doctor's Day Award at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, presented by the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer for her contributions to the medical community. In 2023, she was nominated, accepted, and sponsored by the CEO to be a part of the America's Essential Hospitals 2023 Women's Leadership Academy for her leadership at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County. Her expertise and effective strategies in organic marketing and efficient communications have positioned her as a trusted authority in the field. As a result, she has been asked to present systemwide as a subject matter expert on marketing best practices, photography, and videography, sharing her knowledge and insights to support others in effectively promoting their hospitals. Her presentations and micro-learning training serve as a valuable resource for fortifying healthcare professionals with the skills and strategies needed to enhance their organizations' visibility, engage audiences, and communicate their unique value to the community. With her adaptive and transformative leadership, Alexis successfully revamped the community advisory board, attracting new members and instilling in them the importance of sharing the community's needs. Under her guidance, the board flourished as a powerful platform, amplifying information, resources, and hospital services to benefit the community. Moreover, she has educated the Community Advisory Board members on the importance of advocating for the hospital's funding priorities with local elected officials to support with advancing healthcare services at our safety-net hospital and ensuring enhanced care for the community.

How does the candidate show commitment to the industry and bettering their professional career?

Davis demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the healthcare industry and a relentless drive to better her professional career through various means. She actively seeks out professional development opportunities, continuously expanding her knowledge and skills. Alexis's dedication to self-driven learning empowers her to constantly enhance her expertise and deliver impactful results in her role as the Chief Communications Officer. Her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Education not only demonstrates her commitment to advancing her own expertise but also underscores her understanding of the transformative potential of effective learning and communication strategies. By deepening her knowledge in this field, she aims to leverage the power of education and instructional design to enhance communication practices within the healthcare industry and drive meaningful outcomes for both patients and healthcare professionals. By staying informed about industry trends, participating in conferences and summits, and acquiring relevant certifications, Davis ensures that she remains at the forefront of healthcare practices and is equipped to make a meaningful impact. Additionally, as the liaison to elected officials, Davis supports the Chief Executive Officer and Chief of Staff in engaging with policymakers to discuss healthcare priorities and funding needs. Her involvement in intergovernmental relations and advocacy efforts further demonstrates her commitment to improving community health and advancing healthcare initiatives. Lastly, she demonstrates exceptional strategizing skills in community outreach initiatives to address health disparities and promote preventative care within the community. Her proactive approach and collaborative efforts have resulted in the implementation of targeted partnerships and campaigns that prioritize equitable access to healthcare resources, raise awareness about preventative care measures, and empower individuals to take control of their health and well-being. She embodies a lifelong learner and teacher, driven by her passion for continuous growth and her desire to support others. Moreover, Alexis has played a pivotal role in facilitating the promotion of her employees, enabling them to eventually assume leadership positions in their own departments. Furthermore, she actively engages in mentoring others, sharing her expertise and experiences to uplift and empower aspiring professionals. She takes the time to guide and support individuals in their career journeys, helping them navigate challenges and offering valuable insights to foster their growth.

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