MJHS Health System Announces Appointment of New Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

MJHS Health System announced today that Eni Bakallbashi has joined the not-for-profit organization as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer. Officially part of the senior leadership team since late last year, Bakallbashi arrived with a track record of successful and forward-thinking health care strategy experience.

“In the short time Eni has been with MJHS Health System, she has had a tremendous impact on the direction of this organization,” said David Wagner, President and CEO of MJHS Health System. “In just a few months, she has guided and elevated our 2022 and long-term goals development process, assumed leadership of our strategic planning initiative, and overseen submission of our grant applications—several of which we have already been awarded,” Wagner added.

Prior to MJHS, Bakallbashi worked at Healthfirst, where she spent four years in Clinical Operations and managed an 85-person team in the Medicare and Commercial Utilization Management department. In addition, she managed the strategy, reporting and process improvement team for their clinical operations. Prior to Healthfirst, Eni spent 8 years at VNSNY on the Performance and Innovation team, which served as an internal consultancy to the organization. She worked on strategy mapping and execution as well as restructuring and process improvement efforts across VNSNY CHOICE, their CHHA, LHCSA and Hospice teams, while leading the Innovation practice.

“I am excited to be part of the talented team at MJHS Health System during this transformational time in the organization’s history,” said Bakallbashi. “I look forward to helping MJHS continue to fulfill its mission, as well as achieve its growth goals and expand the reach of its innovative programs and services.”

Bakallbashi holds a dual MBA/MPA degree in finance and health care policy management from the New York University. Her undergraduate degree is from Georgetown University. Prior to earning her advanced degrees, she worked at the World Bank in Washington DC in the Health, Nutrition and Population practice, focusing on public health issues in Africa and Latin America.