Rocha, 42, declined an interview request through a CCH spokeswoman. “Out of respect for the formal process, it would be premature for me to say anything more than I look forward to the next steps,” he said in an email from the spokeswoman.
As a vice president at NYC Health + Hospitals, Rocha has served as CEO of Elmhurst Hospital since 2016 and CEO of Queens Hospital since earlier this year.
The 11-hospital system, with 42,000 employees, was inundated with COVID-19 cases this year, having gone from no hospitalized coronavirus patients on March 1 to 3,700 patients by April 1, system CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz recently told Modern Healthcare. The experience challenged the system to think differently about keeping up with demand, as increasing staffing numbers only hikes costs, Katz said.
Rocha “has deep experience with handling the unexpected twists and turns of this virus. . . .He has run