It is with profound sadness that the Board of Directors of Bailey House announces the death of our CEO, Gina Quattrochi. She passed away December 13, 2016, following a valiant battle with cancer.
Gina was CEO of Bailey House for 25 years. Prior to joining Bailey House in 1991, Gina served on the organization’s Board of Directors for five years. During her tenure, Gina played a foundational role in growing Bailey House into an innovative leader in HIV/AIDS care and supportive housing. Her work and fervent advocacy helped establish the link between homelessness and the incidence of HIV infection. This approach stressed the need for a combination of stable housing and access to health care to achieve improved long term well-being.
Gina’s work introduced a significant shift in the way public policymakers view HIV/AIDS risk and prevention. She helped establish a new paradigm for public discourse to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic and sustained, successful health care. Over the course of her tenure, Bailey House grew from a small agency providing housing for people living with HIV/AIDS into an $18 million organization that provides housing, care coordination, mental health and substance use treatment to some of New York City’s marginalized citizens.
Gina’s commitment and dedication to her work and her tireless advocacy leave an indelible and permanent legacy. Her life touched countless people, and her vision and passion left a deep impact on those who knew her. Larry Kramer — legendary AIDS activist, founder of GMHC and ACT UP, Emmy and Tony Award-winning author of The Normal Heart and The American People and long-time friend of Gina — remembered her as a dedicated and passionate advocate who will be greatly missed. “All our lives will be poorer for the loss of this extraordinary person,” added Kramer. “She was the most noble of heroines. She fought not only for us, but for all of mankind.”
In addition to her tenure as Bailey House CEO, Gina was former president and an ongoing board member of the National AIDS Housing Coalition. She was a founding member of the Ford Foundation funded “30 for 30 Campaign”, an advocacy initiative to ensure that the needs of women, and transgender women, are included in the national response to HIV risk and infection.
Gina was appointed to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force (2014). The Task Force provides guidance for the Governor’s Office and the New York State Department of Health on the implementation of strategies in support of the Governor’s goal to end AIDS by 2020. Gina served as a member on the Harlem Hospital Community Advisory Board, and on the board of the Ryan White Integration of Care committee, which sets health funding priorities for New York City. She was also a board member for iHealth NYS, which advocates and negotiates on behalf of HIV Targeted Case Management programs and chronically ill Medicaid recipients.
Gina’s impact on HIV/AIDS care and prevention spanned nearly three decades and her achievements have been widely recognized. On December 1st, Gina was recognized for her HIV/AIDS advocacy by the New York City Health Department, in conjunction with the dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial. The following day she was honored by Bridging Access to Care at their 2nd Annual World AIDS Day Benefit Gala. These two recent awards of distinction acknowledged her work as a prominent activist and leader in the effort to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
In 2014, Gina was also awarded the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP) Award, honoring leaders in health care who have improved the well-being of people living in their community through a specific initiative.
The Board of Directors is implementing a succession plan that will continue to ensure that the organization moves forward committed to the same core values, vision and integrity established by Gina. Bailey House will share additional updates about services and a memorial as they are available.