Oceanside, NY, December 30, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- South Nassau Communities Hospital President and CEO Joseph A. Quagliata has been named Chairman of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Board of Trustees for a one-year term that begins January 1.
“Joe Quagliata’s leadership, acumen, and experience will be vital to the crafting of the strategic guidance and advocacy that will help HANYS’ members navigate this time of uncertainty and challenge for the healthcare industry in New York,” said HANYS President Daniel Sisto.
HANYS is the only statewide advocate for more than 550 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations throughout New York State. HANYS’ volunteer Board of Trustees is responsible for managing the Association’s activities.
“In these tough times for healthcare providers, a steadfast commitment to teamwork and mission are vital to meeting the public’s need for accessible, standard-setting healthcare services,” said Mr. Quagliata. “I look forward to working with HANYS’ administrative leadership and each esteemed member of the Board of Trustees to develop the solutions to the issues and challenges that strain the quality and accessibility of healthcare in New York.”
Mr. Quagliata has been an advocate for hospitals on Long Island for more than 30 years and is recognized for his leadership in shaping the future of healthcare in the region. He is immediate past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC), a body that comprises the chief executives of the 23 not-for-profit and public hospitals on Long Island, and served on the Long Island Regional Advisory Committee of the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (also known as the Berger Commission). Additional industry roles include past President and an Advanced Member of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
He has been a fervent supporter of Long Island Blood Services throughout the years and, due to his dedication, is in part responsible for the increase in much-needed blood donations on Long Island. Mr. Quagliata is also a champion of programs to help combat breast cancer and is a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the 1-in-9 Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition Hewlett House Hall of Fame. He is also responsible for spearheading South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 5K Breast Cancer Run/Walk that attracts more than 1,500 participants annually.
Mr. Quagliata was named president and CEO of South Nassau Communities Hospital in October 1998. He started his career at South Nassau in 1973, when he was appointed Chief Financial Officer, a position he held until his appointment as president and CEO. He has been honored by numerous organizations for his enduring commitment to ensuring the quality and vitality of healthcare services on Long Island and in New York. This includes Honoree of the Queens-Long Island Chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPIQLI); School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) Sixty-Over-Sixty Award; and Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre (HBRC) Annual Scholarship Dinner Honoree.
South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 875 physicians and 2,600 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 is a designated Stroke Center, boasts Long Island’s first and only Gamma Knifeâ and provides emergency and elective angioplasty. South Nassau is designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.