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Health Care Association of New York State Names South Nassau’s Richard J. Murphy To its Board of Trustees

Posted: Jan. 21, 2016

South Nassau Communities Hospital President and CEO Richard J. Murphy has been elected Secretary of the Healthcare Association of New York State HANYS) Board of Trustees and as a Member of the HANYS Executive Committee for a one-year term that began January 1.

HANYS’ volunteer Board of Trustees is responsible for managing the association’s activities. The association is the statewide advocate for more than 550 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations in New York. Its mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation, and service to healthcare providers and systems across the entire continuum of care. “Health care today is increasingly complex for patients and providers of care. The state and federal governments as well as private insurers are pushing for reforms and increased efficiencies. This all puts pressure on nonprofit hospitals while demand for services has not decreased. HANYS plays a critical role in advocating for hospitals and the communities they serve. It’s an honor to be part of the HANYS leadership team,” said Mr. Murphy. “I look forward to working with HANYS’ administrative leadership and each member of its Board of Trustees to continue New York’s legacy of being home to the nation’s most advanced healthcare system.”

Mr. Murphy has been president and CEO of South Nassau since August of 2012. Mr. Murphy spearheaded South Nassau’s October 2014 acquisition of the former Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC), which was shuttered after SuperStorm Sandy hit and is leading efforts to establish a new healthcare delivery system designed around the needs of the residents of Long Beach and surrounding communities.

Under Mr. Murphy’s direction, South Nassau has:

  • restored emergency medical services on the barrier island with the Aug. 2015 opening of South Nassau’s Emergency Department (ED) at Long Beach, Long Island’s first off-campus, emergency department, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and receives ambulances via the 9-1-1 system;
  • partnered with the City of Long Beach to augment the City’s existing ambulance fleet by providing secondary backup for 9-1-1- ambulance calls (Under the partnership, South Nassau ambulances stationed at the ED respond when needed as backup for 9-1-1 calls);
  • re-opened the Family Medicine Center at Long Beach (located at 761 Franklin Blvd.) in May of 2014 as an extension of South Nassau’s Family Medicine Center located on Merrick Rd. in Oceanside to provide residents with quality, compassionate family medicine;
  • commissioned a community needs assessment to help determine what services are needed on the barrier island
  • introduced plans to establish a Medical Arts Pavilion on the site of the former LBMC to serve as the future home of an expanded emergency department and to potentially house other medical services;
  • initiated a $60 million renovation of the hospital’s Emergency Department at its main campus in Oceanside to expand and better serve residents of the South Shore (South Nassau’s ED is the only Level II Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County)
  • begun planning to expand critical care beds and update operating suites at the Oceanside campus.
During Mr. Murphy’s tenure, South Nassau has won a series of major awards for quality and performance, including an ‘A’ rating for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group; Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for three consecutive years, and American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award.

Prior to coming to South Nassau, Mr. Murphy served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY. Other accomplishments during his more than 30-year career in healthcare 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 a leadership role 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.

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 knee replacement, wound care, heart failure and end-stage renal disease. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.