By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Lutheran HealthCare, a leading medical provider in Brooklyn, is getting a seat at the table at an organization fighting for changes in the delivery of health care.
Dale C. Christensen, Jr., a member of the Board of Trustees of Lutheran HealthCare, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the United Hospital Fund, a health services research and philanthropic organization.
The primary mission of the United Hospital Fund, according to the organization’s website, is to shape positive changes in health care for New Yorkers. In recent years, the fund has focused largely on expanding health insurance coverage and reforming New York's Medicaid program.
Lutheran HealthCare is the umbrella organization that runs the Sunset Park-based hospital Lutheran Medical Center, as well as health clinics around Brooklyn.
Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and CEO of Lutheran HealthCare, said the organization’s administration is thrilled for Christensen. "We couldn't be more pleased to see him join the United Hospital Fund, an organization that we are proud to support and partner with. His skills and his knowledge of health care will be great assets to the UHF board,” Goldstein said.
"As a longstanding member of the Lutheran Board of Trustees, Dale has helped to guide us through some of the most challenging times in health care," she said.
Christensen is a partner in Seward & Kissel's Litigation Group, where he has practiced law since 1979. He has been a partner there since 1984.
Christensen was appointed to serve on the five-member New York City Campaign Finance Board, and has served as an administrator for the New York County Democratic Party's Judicial Screening Panel. He has served as a trustee of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, and is currently its chancellor. He has also been a director and past president of both the Seafarers and International House, Inc., and the Dartmouth Lawyers' Association.
As a trustee of Lutheran HealthCare, he serves as chair of the medical center's Audit and Legal Committee.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Christensen received his master's and legal degrees from Columbia University's School of International Affairs and the Brooklyn Law School.