Welcome to South Nassau


Richard J. Murphy Richard J. Murphy
President and CEO
As President and CEO, Mr. Murphy oversees all hospital operations. Mr. Murphy came to South Nassau from Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) on Staten Island, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. His accomplishments include the execution of a successful financial post divestiture from St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center of New York, which improved facility operating performance; and development of a strategic planning process to enhance physician partnerships, increase market share and expand capital reinvestment. His past experience also includes his leadership in Long Island's Catholic Health System, as the Executive Vice President of CHS's Suffolk Region hospitals, which included his serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Good Samaritan, St. Charles and St. Catherine of Siena hospitals.


Bill Allison William Allison, CPA
Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Allison is the Senior Vice President of Health Policy and Planning and Chief Operations Officer for South Nassau. In his role, he is responsible for directing the overall operations of the hospital as well as the development of South Nassau’s strategic planning process and serving as the hospital’s primary contact for state and federal policy initiatives.

Prior to his current role at South Nassau, he served as Vice President of Economics, Finance, and Information for the Hospital Association of New York State’s (HANYS). He was a strong presence to downstate hospitals following Superstorm Sandy as they worked to assess financial impacts, file FEMA claims, and rebuild.

Mr. Allison has a long history of work in Long Island and New York hospitals, including the Catholic Health System, South Nassau, and St. Vincent’s .


Mark Bogen Mark Bogen, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Finance
As senior vice president and CFO, Mr. Bogen is responsible for the overall financial management of South Nassau and manages the Hospital's financial reporting and related internal controls. He directs the organization's financial planning related to growth, financing and associated issues and will coordinate all relationships with auditors, third-party reimbursement agents, managed care companies, investment bankers and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY). Mr. Bogen has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare financial operations. Mr. Bogen is active in numerous public accounting and healthcare financial management associations. His professional memberships include the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants; the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Healthcare Compliance Association.


Joe Calderone Joe Calderone
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Development
Mr. Calderone is responsible for directing the development of South Nassau’s corporate communication strategy and the formulation of a development plan to enhance the hospital’s philanthropic mission within its community service area. He serves as the hospital’s primary spokesperson on various public issues and corporate communications. His oversight includes direction of hospital publications, including periodicals, journals, press releases, advertisements and other communication tools which effectively communicate hospitals plans and issues. As the hospital’s lead development administrator, he develops personal and business relationships with philanthropic organizations and individuals designed to enhance direct giving, fundraising, grants and other related events.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Calderone also serves as an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. During his tenure as a reporter at Newsday, he was a member of a Newsday team that won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. 


Paul D. Giordano Paul D. Giordano
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

As Senior VP of the Human Resources Department, Mr. Giordano is responsible for all recruitment and retention activities, employee relations, employee benefit and recognition programs, employee health, volunteers and cultural initiatives.



Sue Penque Sue Penque, PhD, RN, CNP
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Patient Care Services
Dr. Penque is responsible for planning, coordinating and delivery of quality nursing care to patients in the hospital and ensuring that the same superior standards are met throughout our organization, wherever nursing care is delivered. Areas of responsibility include Perioperative Services including Endoscopy, Emergency Services, Cardiac Services, including the Cardiac Catheterization, Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Labs, Dialysis Services, including the Outpatient Dialysis Center, and all inpatients units. She holds degrees from CW Post College and Adelphi University, certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. She is the recipient of many honors and awards for her work in the field of nursing, and has also authored a number of medical publications and research papers for the advancement of nursing and patient safety.


Ruth Ragusa Ruth Ragusa, RN
Senior Vice President for Quality and Care Management

As Senior Vice President for Quality and Care Management, Ms. Ragusa, in concert with the Chief Medical Officer, is responsible for developing the strategies and best practices that enhance and maintain the quality of care and services provided by the Hospital. She oversees performance improvement, regulatory affairs, patient satisfaction, patient safety, Joint Commission accreditation and other regulatory affairs.  Ms. Ragusa is also responsible to  ensure an effective Emergency Preparedness plan as well as a focus on care management and  transition of care.


Sue Penque Adhi Sharma, MD
Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Sharma oversees the hospital’s office of Medical Affairs and is the hospital’s administrative liaison to the hospital’s medical staff. Working with physician leaders and senior administrators, Dr. Sharma adds valuable perspective on critical programs and initiatives which are vital to the quality services delivered by South Nassau.

Dr. Sharma holds a medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla. He holds a fellowship in Medical Toxicology from New York University’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

Prior to his work at South Nassau, Dr. Sharma served as Vice President and COO at Progressive Emergency Physicians and as Chair of the Departments of Emergency Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, NY and Victory Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.


Alex Balko Alex Balko, CPA
Vice President, Finance
As Vice President of Finance, Mr. Balko is responsible for the coordination, supervision and direction of all day-to-day financial operations within the Hospital. He also assists in the planning and management of hospital-wide business plans. Mr. Balko is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Health Care Financial Management Association and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Mark Head Mark Head
Vice President, External Affairs
Mr. Head oversees the Hospital's External Affairs department and the strategic planning and execution of the Hospital's marketing efforts. He also directs the Communications, Public Relations and Community Relations areas to bring the Hospital's message to the physicians and communities of Nassau's South Shore. He has practiced marketing management, graphic design and creative direction for more than 20 years.


Mark Head Ken Long
Vice President of Administration
Mr. Long brings over 20 years of clinical and administrative experience to his position at South Nasaau. Among his responsibilities will be administrative oversight of building the hospital’s key service lines. Mr. Long holds a Bachelors of Arts in Health Science and a Master of Arts in Physical Therapy from Touro College. He also successfully completed the Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement program offered at Cornell University.


John Mertz John Mertz
Chief Information Officer, Vice President Information Services
As CIO, Mr. Mertz provides the vision and leadership needed to develop and implement strategic information technology (IT) initiatives. He leads the hospital in planning and implementing enterprise information systems to support both distributed and centralized clinical and business operations and also is responsible for the Information Services and Communications departments.


Joanne Newcombe, RN Joanne Newcombe, RN
Vice President for Community Health Development

Ms. Newcombe is responsible for developing and leading the clinical and administrative operations of programs related to community health, including family medicine, behavioral health, home health care, community education, transitional care, and the SIBSPlace program.



William Ulrich William Ulrich
Vice President Facility Planning and Development
Mr. Ulrich oversees the day-to-day functions of the Hospital including the Design, Development and Construction Group, Environmental Services, Safety and Security, Engineering and Bioengineering and played a key role in the Renaissance Project's capital development initative and the North Addition project, an expansive five-story 170,00 square foot facility.


Joshua Yedvab Joshua Yedvab
Vice President, Network Development
As the Vice President of Network Development, Mr. Yedvab is responsible for enhancing relationships with existing physicians and other providers, growing new physician relationships and assisting in the development and implementation of innovative programs, strategies and partnerships.



Jennifer Clark Noah Caldwell
Assistant Vice President, Information Services
Mr. Caldwell has responsibility for the tactical implementation of the South Nassau Communities Hospital Information Technology Strategic Plan. Possessing over 30 years of experience in the field of Healthcare Information Technology, Mr. Caldwell served as Senior Vice President and CIO at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY for 23 years and most recently spent 3 years as a Technical/Strategic Information Technology consultant. Mr. Caldwell holds a B.S. Organization Management.


Jennifer Clark Jennifer Clark
Assistant Vice President, Finance
As Assistant Vice President of Finance, Ms. Clark is responsible for the supervision and coordination of the day-to-day functions of the Accounting and Finance department. Areas of responsibility include Payroll, Budgeting, Financial Planning, Reimbursement, Accounts Payable and General Accounting. Ms. Clark is a member of the Health Care Financial Management Association.


Maryann Demeo Maryann Demeo, RN
Assistant Vice President, Quality and Resource Management
As Assistant Vice President for Quality and Resource Management, Mrs. Demeo works in consort with the VP and Chief Medical Officer in establishing effective systems that improves the quality and safety of patient care and services and ensures compliance with CMS, DOH, Joint Commissions and other regulatory bodies. The AVP monitors and facilitates improvement teams that focus on patient care outcomes and services provided by the organization. In addition she is responsible for Care Management and Social Work functions to assure that continuity of care is provided and required health care services are procured and delivered effectively and efficiently.


John Mertz

Rita Regan, RN
Assistant Vice President, Performance Management & Care Transitions
Working in close partnership with clinical and administrative leadership, Ms. Regan develops and oversees the implementation of organizational strategic initiatives to improve the patient/family experience and satisfaction; ensures that appropriate data reporting requirements to CMS, the Joint Commission and other regulatory bodies, are met; and develops innovative care transition strategies for patients with chronic diseases.


Laura Righter, RN Laura Righter, RN
Assistant Vice President, Clinical Ancillary Services
Ms. Righter brings many years of medical administrative experience to her position as Assistant Vice President of Clinical Ancillary Services. Among Ms. Righter’s responsibilities are the oversight of the hospital’s Wound Care program, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation therapy programs, coordination of the hospital’s orthopedic service line, language services, radiology services and laboratory services. Ms. Righter holds a BSN from Adelphi’s School of Nursing and an MBA from Dowling College.


Richard Rosenhagen Richard Rosenhagen, MBA, RHIA
Assistant Vice President, Data Management
Mr. Rosenhagen works with business users with expert knowledge of business processes to determine which data should be utilized within those processes and the most appropriate source(s) for that data. He is responsible for providing an information management infrastructure in support of the organizational demands for relevant and high-quality business data in support of effective business intelligence analytics and decision making. His many years of experience in the Health Information Management profession as a Registered Health Information Administrator bring an awareness of the importance of quality clinical documentation. Mr. Rosenhagen is a long-time active member of the NY Metro HFMA Chapter. He holds a Master’s Degree in Executive Management from St. Johns University.


John Mertz

Andrew Triolo
Assistant Vice President, Design, Development, Construction
Responsible for the Design, Development & Construction as well as the Property Management Departments for the hospital and all off-site facilities, Mr. Triolo serves as the architectural and administrative liaison for strategic planning and program development. He also oversees integration and coordination of master facilities planning for South Nassau's integrated health care delivery system.


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