People in the News

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Peter Scaminaci, St. Joseph Hospital’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

On Feb. 6, 2017, Peter Scaminaci was appointed St. Joseph Hospital’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Most recently, Scaminaci was senior vice president and executive director of Phoenix House of New York where he reported directly to the president and CEO of this national organization. He was responsible for program development, strategic planning, building relationships, and overseeing administrative and budgetary responsibilities for the New York region operations. Prior to that, Scaminaci was the associate executive director at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset where he oversaw 500-plus FTEs, managed an operating budget in excess of $100 million, and had administrative and budgetary responsibility for the hospital’s ancillary and clinical operations.



Maria Torroella Carney, MD

Northwell Health has appointed Maria Torroella Carney, MD, Medical Director of Post-Acute Services; she also serves as Northwell’s Chief of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine.

Prior to joining Northwell, Dr. Carney served as the Commissioner of Health for Nassau County, New York, from 2008–2011. She received her medical degree from New York Medical College, completed her internship in internal medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center, her residency training at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College and fellowship in geriatric medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Carney is Assistant Professor at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine.

Dr. Carney has published articles and chapters and edited medical books in the areas of dementia, advance directives, palliative medicine and emergency response for vulnerable populations.



Chad Bouton

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research scientists Chad Bouton and Daniel A. Grande, PhD, have earned Innovator of the Year awards for their respective innovations in the fields of bioelectronic medicine and medical 3-D printing technology.

Presented by Innovate Long Island, a publication covering the regional established and emerging technology markets, The Innovator of the Year awards look to recognize Long Island’s best and brightest ideas and the incredible people who have them. Awards are presented to innovators in several categories — software development, biotechnology, clean energy, science and technology, invention, craft food and beverage, and manufacturing.


Daniel A. Grande, PhD

Bouton was recognized in the Science and Technology category for his research in the emerging field of bioelectronic medicine, developing devices to help paralyzed patients regain use of their limbs. Dr. Grande also received an award in the Science and Technology category for his work using the latest 3-D printing technology to develop an alternative method of developing prosthetics.



(L–R) Alan Murray, President and CEO, CareConnect; Scottish actress Sharon Rooney; and Paul Wright, MD, Chair of Neurology at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, at the Scottish Variety Awards ceremony held in Glasgow, Scotland

Alan Murray and Paul Wright, MD, were each recently honored at the Scottish Variety Awards at the Glasgow Crowne Plaza Hotel in Scotland. Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of the insurer CareConnect, along with Dr. Wright, Chair of Neurology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, were recognized for their professional accomplishments in the healthcare industry in the category of international achievement.

Murray, who runs the first provider-owned commercial health insurance company in New York State, was born in Govan, a district that is now part of Glasgow. Murray served in the British Merchant Navy. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, and also received a Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science and qualifications in merchant vessel operations from Warsash Maritime College, Southampton, United Kingdom.

Murray is also president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ Health Plan and is Senior Vice President of Northwell Health’s Office of Population Management.

Dr. Wright was born in Glasgow and attended primary and secondary school in Scotland.

Dr. Wright is currently Vice President of Neurology for Northwell’s Central and Eastern regions, overseeing neurology programs in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York. Dr. Wright is also an assistant professor of neurology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and is an adjunct associate professor at the Hofstra University School of Health Professions and Human Services, where he teaches a master’s course in hospital administration and organization.



Michael J. Dowling is the inaugural winner of Mario M. Cuomo Excelsior Award from HELP USA. The former governor’s wife, Matilda Cuomo, presented the award.

Northwell Health President and CEO Michael J. Dowling was among those honored by the homeless and domestic survivors advocacy group HELP USA at its annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon.

The group recognized Dowling for his public service and commitment to the community, along with three other civic leaders: Judith Rodin,PhD, former president of The Rockefeller Foundation; Leecia Eve, Verizon’s Vice President of State Government Affairs for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; and Kevin M. O’Connor, President and CEO of Bridgehampton National Bank. Former Vice President Joe Biden was presented with the HELP HERO Humanitarian Award at the March 16 event.

Dowling, who served under Governor Cuomo, was New York State director of Health, Education and Human Services and was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, Social Services.


Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP, President/CEO of the NuHealth System/Nassau University Medical Center, announced that 10 NUMC physicians have been honored by being included in Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2017 edition. The physicians listed in the guide and on the website are nominated by their peers in an extensive survey involving tens of thousands of physicians each year. Nominated physicians are carefully screened by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team before final selection.

The following 10 NuHealth/NUMC physicians have been recognized:

Leah Balsam, MD, FACP, FASN, Chief of Nephrology; Harriet Boxer, MD, FAAP, Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Charles Ruotolo, MD, FAAOS, Chair of the Department of Orthopedics; Glenn Faust, MD, FACS, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Vascular Medicine; Marianne Frieri, MD, PhD, Chief of Allergy and Immunology; Satish Kadakia, MD, FACP, Chair of the Department of Neurology; David Rosenthal, MD, FACP, FACE, attending physician in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism; Sofia Rubinstein, MD, MS, FACP, FASN, nephrologist and Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Roger Simpson, MD, FACS, Director of the Burn Center and Director of the Residency Training Program in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; and Lyn D. Weiss, MD, Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.



(L–R) CHS President and CEO Alan D. Guerci, MD; Chief Medical Officer for Hospice, Palliative Care and Home Care Services Kerrianne Page, MD; Home Care Team Manager Jacqueline Maddie; Catholic Home Care Director of Business Operations Cathie Ciresi; Chief Administrative Officer of Home Care and Hospice Mary Ellen Polit; Scollard winner and Catholic Home Care Director of Specialty Care Services Barbara Rowe, RN; Chief Operating Officer Catholic Home Care and Hospice Gail Silver; Catholic Home Care and Hospice Director of Intake/Business Development Lisa Vecchione; Catholic Home Care and Hospice Home Health Aide Project Manager Kathy Maddock; Catholic Home Care Director of Clinical Information Marge Whelan; and Patrick J. Scollard, former president and CEO of CHS and St. Francis.

Each year, Catholic Health Services (CHS) seeks nominations from its staff for the Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership. This year’s winner of CHS’s highest honor is Barbara Rowe, RN, who is Director of Specialty Care Services for Catholic Home Care (CHC) and a pediatric palliative care nurse for CHS’s Good Shepherd Hospice. Chosen from among colleagues across CHS, she was recognized at the system’s 13th annual leadership conference, held at the DeMatteis Center in Greenvale.

Rowe spearheaded the expansion of CHC’s pediatric program and recently implemented a postpartum preeclampsia program in response to a need identified by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

The two leading finalists for the Patrick J. Scollard Award were Glenda Miranda, Good Samaritan Hospital’s Director of Emergency Nursing within the hospital’s Emergency Department, and Geraldine Maginello, RN, BS, Manager of Specialty Services, Good Shepherd Hospice.