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Becker’s Hospital Review Names Dr. Adhi Sharma to Its Prestigious List of 100 CMOs to Know

Posted: Mar. 21, 2016

Becker's Hospital Review has named Adhi Sharma, MD, chief medical officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital, to its prestigious list of "100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know" in the United States.

The list is based on individuals' experience in overseeing medical and quality affairs at their respective organizations. The 100 CMOs are indispensable members of hospital and health system leadership teams and have demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement in safety and quality. Members of the list do not and cannot pay to be included on this list. Becker's Hospital Review is a Chicago-based publication focusing on hospital and healthcare news and business advice. The primary audience for the publication is hospital executives and healthcare industry leaders.

“This honor testifies to Dr. Sharma’s exemplary leadership and advancement of South Nassau’s mission to provide high-quality, patient-centered healthcare services. He is truly dedicated to improving patient care and has the respect of his peers for his wisdom and passion for his work,” said Richard Murphy, South Nassau’s president and CEO.

As chief medical officer and senior vice president of medical affairs, Dr. Sharma (a resident of Muttontown) is responsible for facilitating medical staff interactions with hospital administration and the governing board and for assuring the effective and efficient delivery of quality medical care consistent with the mission of South Nassau. He also oversees strategic planning and execution, as well as the implementation of care management programs, and monitors the effectiveness of management practices and productivity indicators. Prior to joining South Nassau in 2014 as the hospital’s medical director for utilization, Dr. Sharma served at Progressive Emergency Physicians, where he was the chief operations officer responsible for strategic planning and operations; oversight and development of existing and future contracts, and contract negotiations with third party payers. From 2007-12, Dr. Sharma held senior administrative positions at Catholic Health Services of Long Island, including chair of the department of emergency medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and medical director of patient safety and simulation center. Designed and implemented by Dr. Sharma, the center is utilized by an interdisciplinary, inter-professional team of physicians, nurses, educators and human factors engineers who work side-by-side with a particular focus on patient safety and quality.

A member of the American College of Emergency Medicine and American College of Medical Toxicology, serving on the practice and education committees respectively, Dr. Sharma launched his career in medicine at Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was the director of the division of toxicology and an attending physician in the emergency department from 2001-05. He then moved on to Victory Memorial Hospital, serving as chair of the department of emergency medicine until 2007.

Co-author of papers published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, Academy of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, Dr. Sharma has authored chapters published in clinical textbooks, including Rosen’s Textbook of Emergency Medicine; 5-Minute Pediatric Emergency Medicine Consult, and Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies.

Designated a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), South Nassau® Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 455 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program. In addition, the hospital has been awarded the Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care; and disease-specific care for hip and joint replacement, wound care and end-stage renal disease. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.