Lee H. Perlman is a lifelong New Yorker who has dedicated his career to serving others. From 1983 to 2020, Mr. Perlman was the driving force behind and longtime President of GNYHA Ventures, Inc., the for-profit business arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA).
As GNYHA Ventures President, Mr. Perlman oversaw a portfolio that included subsidiaries engaging in nearly $10 billion in commerce annually through group purchasing, management outsourcing, and health care consulting. Mr. Perlman was responsible for the development of all companies created under GNYHA Ventures, many of which were sold to larger organizations.
GNYHA Ventures effectively ended in March 2020 when Mr. Perlman concluded the sale of its last two companies to the national health care improvement company Premier, Inc. In total, Mr. Perlman developed and sold four GNYHA Ventures companies to Premier. Those transactions, combined with GNYHA’s sale of stock it acquired from Premier’s initial public offering when it became a publicly traded company, have earned GNYHA more than $1 billion.
In February 2020, GNYHA President Kenneth E. Raske cited Mr. Perlman “for his indispensable role in developing and selling these companies. They have given GNYHA uncommon resources for our member advocacy and provided critical cost-saving and revenue enhancement services for providers. His legacy as the driving force in securing GNYHA’s long-term financial stability will benefit GNYHA members for years to come.”
Mr. Perlman continues to serve in his longtime roles as GNYHA’s Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer.
One of the industry’s most passionate leaders about the marriage of business and science in health care management and procurement, Mr. Perlman remains Chairman of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association Board. He is also the former Chair and now Board member of the Steering Committee of the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative. Mr. Perlman has used these national platforms to advocate for price transparency, the importance of a clinically integrated supply chain that promotes comparative effectiveness, and the importance of group purchasing organizations in alleviating drug shortages and lowering drug costs as a way to lower health care providers’ business costs while maintaining greater resources for direct patient care.
A leader in promoting diversity in health care leadership, Mr. Perlman founded the GNYHA Summer Enrichment Program, which has placed more than 300 diverse students in summer internships. In his targeted efforts to promote educational equity, leadership, and economic empowerment for low-income girls attending under-resourced public high schools, Mr. Perlman also founded The College Access and Leadership Program in partnership with the YWCA. Now in its sixth year, 100% of the participants attend competitive four-year colleges following high school graduation, and 100% of the alumni are on track to graduate from college on time.
A dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, Mr. Perlman devotes significant energy to non-profits related to health care, education, and the arts. He is Chairman of LiveOnNY, New York’s organ procurement organization, and serves on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House of New York. Mr. Perlman also serves on the Boards of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation and the Convention Center Development Corporation (Javits Center).
Mr. Perlman is Co-Chair of the Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield (Massachusetts), Treasurer of The Actor’s Fund, and Vice Chair and Compliance Officer of the American Theatre Wing. Mr. Perlman also sits on the Board of the UJA Federation of New York and serves as Treasurer for Common Point Queens.
Mr. Perlman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Sloan Program at Cornell University.