Jyric Sims, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Tulane Health System, was recently selected as one of 20 African American leaders to participate in a weeklong delegation to Israel.
The delegation, sponsored by American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), a charitable organization affiliated with American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), selected executive leaders from various business and community organizations from nine states, with the goal of gaining an in-depth understanding of modern Israel and the current U.S.-Israel relationship.
“To meet with high-level leaders and citizens to understand the complexity of the challenges facing this region – and also to experience the resiliency, hospitality and culture of the Israelis – was tremendously impactful,” Sims said. “This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see first-hand the economic revolution occurring there and tour dynamic healthcare facilities. This has afforded me a new appreciation for the region and enhanced my desire to become an ambassador for the continued development of the U.S.-Israel relationship.”
The intense educational experience included visits to key cities Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Tiberias. In each city, participants met with current and former high-ranking religious, political and military leaders to better learn about the culture and the groups’ perspective on the future. The delegation visited holy and historical sites in Jerusalem and near the Sea of Galilee and Dead Sea, as well as the Holocaust museum. It also met with military leaders in the border zones of Syria, Gaza and Lebanon.
“I’m proud Jyric was selected to participate in this prestigious delegation and represent Tulane Health System and the healthcare industry,” said Dr. William Lunn, president and CEO of Tulane Health System. “His experience reminds us that we live in a global society, and healthcare advancements here can have a global impact.”
Sims has received a number of recent accolades, including the 2016 American College of Healthcare Executives Regents Award as Early Careerist of the Year, the 2016 University of Arkansas Alumni of the Year, the 2016 New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Emerging Leader Award and the prestigious national 2015 Modern Healthcare “Up and Comer” Award.
Other leaders were selected from New Orleans to represent Louisiana, including Todd McDonald, a vice president with Liberty Bank and Trust, and Erika McConduit, CEO Urban League of New Orleans.