Administrative Team

South Nassau Communities Hospital’s exceptional team of health care professionals is committed to providing the highest level of service to our patients, our visitors and our community.

Richard J. Murphy, President and CEO

Richard J. Murphy
President & 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.

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

William Allison, CPA
Executive 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.


Adhi Sharma, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer


Adhi Sharma, MD
Executive Vice President for Clinical and Professional 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.

Mark Bogen, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mark Bogen, CPA
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bogen directs our organization's financial planning related to growth, financing and associated issues. He also coordinates our relationships with auditors, third-party reimbursement agents, managed care companies, investment bankers and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY). He brings us more than 35 years of experience in health care financial operations and is active in numerous public accounting and health care 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 Health Care Compliance Association.   

Joe Calderone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Development

Joe Calderone
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & 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.

Sue Penque, PhD, RN, CNP,

Sue Penque, PhD, RN, CNP
Senior Vice President; 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.

Mark Head, Vice President, External Affairs

Mark Head
Vice President, External Affairs

As Vice President of External Affairs, Head oversees our strategic planning and marketing efforts. He also directs the communications, public relations and community relations to bring South Nassau’s key messages to physicians and members of the communities we serve. He has practiced marketing management, graphic design and creative direction for more than 20 years.

Ken Long, Vice President of Administration

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.

Joanne Newcombe, RN, Vice President for Community Health Development

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.

Rita Regan, RN

Rita Regan, RN
Vice President for Quality and Care Management

As Vice President for Quality and Care Management, Ms. Regan, in concert with the Chief Medical Officer, is responsible for developing strategies facilitate best practices that support the delivery of high quality care and services throughout the Hospital. She oversees Performance Improvement,  Regulatory Affairs. Emergency Preparedness, Care Transitions and Service Excellence.

William Ulrich, Vice President Facility Planning and Development

William Ulrich
Vice President Facility Planning and Development

As South Nassau’s Vice President of Administration, Ulrich oversees day-to-day functions of our hospital for the design, development and construction group; environmental services; safety and security; engineering; and bioengineering. He 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 for Human Resources & Business Development

As the Vice President for Human Resources & Business Development, Mr. Yedvab is responsible for all recruitment and retention activities, employee relations, employee benefit and recognition programs, employee health, volunteers and cultural initiatives. He also enhances relationships with our physicians and other providers; grows new physician relationships; and develops innovative programs, strategies and partnerships. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and earned a Master of Health Administration from Cornell University.

Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark
Assistant Vice President, Finance

As Assistant Vice President of Finance, Clark supervises the day-to-day functions of the Accounting and Finance departments. Areas of responsibility include payroll, budgeting, financial planning, reimbursement, accounts payable and general accounting. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Mary Golden

Mary V. Golden
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Ms. Golden brings more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources Management in the Healthcare field.  She is responsible for the daily operations of the Human Resources department – recruitment, retention, benefits, education, and employee relations, with oversight to Employee Health, Volunteers and Cultural Initiatives.  Her focus for Human Resources is to meet the changing needs of the organization and the employees that it serves.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and a Master’s degree in Management – Human Resources. 

Melissa Hershfield

Melissa Hershfield
Assistant Vice President, Performance Management & Performance Improvement

Ms. Hershfield brings over 25 years of diverse experience in quality and nursing, as well as a passion for improving the patient experience and outcomes, to her role as the administrative leader for the Performance Management and Performance Improvement departments, ensuring the quality delivery of care. She holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing Leadership and is certified as a Healthcare Quality Professional.

Margaret Pfeiffer, RN

Margaret Pfeiffer, RN
Assistant Vice President, Patient Care Services

Ms. Pfeiffer brings over 25 years of clinical and management experience in Nursing to South Nassau’s Patient Care Services department. She collaborates with all disciplines throughout the organization to improve nursing practice and maintain the highest quality of patient care delivery. Focusing on the future of nursing, her objective is advances in practice and applying those practice principles to the organization. She holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing and holds certifications as a Nurse Executive and in Critical Care Nursing.

Laura Righter, RN

Laura Righter, RN
Assistant Vice President, Clinical Ancillary Services

As Assistant Vice President of Clinical Ancillary Services, Righter brings many years of medical administrative experience. She oversees the hospital’s wound care program, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation therapy programs, orthopedic service line, radiology services and laboratory services. She holds a BSN from Adelphi’s School of Nursing and an MBA from Dowling College.

Andrew Triolo, Assistant Vice President, Design, Development and Construction

Andrew Triolo
Assistant Vice President, Design, Development & Construction

In his role with South Nassau, Triolo oversees the departments of Design, Development and Construction, as well as property management for our main campus and all off-site facilities. He serves as the architectural and administrative liaison for strategic planning and program development. He also leads master facilities planning for South Nassau's integrated health care delivery system.

Stephen VanRossem

Stephen VanRossem
Assistant Vice President of Revenue Cycle

As the Assistant Vice President of Revenue Cycle, Mr. VanRossem oversees the activities of Patient Access, Patient Financial Services and Revenue Integrity. A revenue cycle leadership professional with over 35 years of experience, Mr. VanRossem has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from SUNY Stony Brook and an MBA from Adelphi University. He is also certified by Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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