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Administrative

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, Health Policy and Planning

Mr. Allison is the Senior Vice President of Health Policy and Planning for South Nassau. In his role, he is responsible for directing the development of South Nassau’s strategic planning process, as well as 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.
Linda Efferen Linda Efferen, M.D., FACP, FCCP, FCCM
Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Efferen provides a collegial interface with the medical staff physicians, overseeing the day-to-day medical operations with direct oversight of physician credentialing and professionalism. Dr. Efferen ensures South Nassau's mission and vision in maintaining superlative care to the communities it serves by focusing its operations on specific measurable and transparent goals driving clinical excellence. Dr. Efferen is a graduate of Fordham University and of Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Efferen was most recently the Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park.
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.
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.
Paul D. Giordano Paul D. Giordano
Vice President, Human Resources
As head of the Human Resources Department, Mr. Giordano is responsible for all recruitment and retention activities, employee relations and employee benefit and recognition programs.
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.
Robert Kramer Robert J. Kramer, M.D.
Assistant Medical Director
An accomplished cardiologist, Dr. Kramer who serves as the Assistant Medical Director, joined South Nassau in 1980 and has served as chairman of the hospital's department of medicine since that time. In 1986, he was named Chief of Cardiology for the hospital. Board certified in cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Kramer also is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Heart Association. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he completed his post-doctoral training in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and School of Medicine.
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, Patient Care Services

Ms. Newcombe has the responsibility for developing and leading the day to day clinical and administrative operations of medical surgical and telemetry, emergency services, behavioral health, maternal child inpatient nursing services, education development & research and patient relations. Those responsibilities include: enhancing performance improvement activities, supporting a service oriented culture and creating an environment that focuses on patient outcomes and patient safety.
Ruth Ragusa Ruth Ragusa, RN
Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness
As Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness, Ms. Ragusa 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, risk management, regulatory affairs, patient satisfaction, patient safety and Joint Commission accreditation. Ms. Ragusa is also responsible for a number of clinical services/areas such as Medical Staff Affairs, Pharmacy, Respiratory, Social Work, Performance Improvement and Case Management.
William Ulrich William Ulrich
Vice President, Administration
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.
Elizabeth Carnevale Elizabeth Carnevale
Assistant Vice President, Revenue Cycle
Ms. Carnevale brings more than 20 years' experience to her position as Assistant Vice President of Revenue Cycle, which encompasses responsibility for various disciplines, from patient registration through cash collection, to assure the Hospital is paid correctly for services. This process includes, among other things, insurance verification and authorization, recording of charges, and claims submission.
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.
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, Electronic Medical Record, Health Information Management and Clinical Documentation Improvement
Mr. Rosenhagen is responsible for the oversight of the hospital's Electronic Medical Record (EMR) implementation. 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. Having an enterprise-wide ability to collect and manage clinical documentation specific to a patient's treatment allows the hospital to judiciously use computers to document the quality and outcomes of the care provided. Mr. Rosenhagen served as the Regional Administrator for Health Information Management at Catholic Health Services of Long Island. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from S.U.N.Y. Old Westbury and 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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