People in the News

Monday, February 6, 2017

Darren I. Rohan, MD, FACS

Northwell Health has announced the appointment of Darren I. Rohan, MD, FACS, as the first Westchester Regional Director of the health system’s thoracic surgery program. Advanced thoracic surgery services will be offered at both Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, and Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, reinforcing Northwell’s commitment to enhancing surgical care in Westchester.

Dr. Rohan also serves as Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, and is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Medical Society of the State of New York, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


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 the 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.


(L-R) CHS President and CEO Alan D. Guerci, MD; Chief Medical Officer 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; SVP and Chief Administrative Officer of Home Care and Hospice MaryEllen Polit; Scollard winner and Catholic Home Care Director Specialty Services Barbara Rowe; Chief Operating Officer Catholic Home Care and Hospice Gail Silver; Catholic Home Care and Hospice Director 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 former President and CEO of CHS and St. Francis Patrick J. Scollard

Rowe spearheaded the expansion of CHC’s pediatric program, which provided care to 747 patients throughout 2015. This reflects an increase of 124 percent from the 334 patients cared for during 2014, and an increase of more than 200 percent from the 247 patients cared for the prior year. Recently, Rowe implemented a postpartum preeclampsia program in response to a need identified by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

Also, Rowe implemented a pediatric asthma management program, incorporating evidence-based practices and the goals of population health in collaboration with the American Lung Association of the Northeast/Asthma Coalition of Long Island. She partnered with CHS and local hospitals to span the care continuum and has been instrumental as a member of the DSRIP team in developing programs that support teaching from hospital to home using the same evidence-based teaching materials and integrating a home environmental assessment/instruction to reduce contact with triggers.

A master’s-prepared registered nurse, Rowe is currently completing her nurse practitioner’s degree in family practice and her doctorate in nursing. Rowe is in training through the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State to be a faculty trainer for their pediatric palliative care for clinicians.



(L-R) Queens resident La Cris Williams was presented with the Catholic Health Services (CHS) Living the Mission Award by CHS’s President and CEO Alan D. Guerci, MD.

CHS recently presented its Living the Mission Award to La Cris Williams for exemplifying the CHS mission values of respect, justice, integrity and excellence. Williams, of the Physician Revenue Cycle Department at CHS Services, was nominated by peers and team members for her outstanding qualities and received the award from President and CEO Alan D. Guerci, MD, at CHS’s corporate offices in Melville.

A resident of Hollis, Queens, Williams joined CHS in 2012. Previously, she worked as a coding coordinator at South Nassau Communities Hospital, serving as the liaison between physicians and the coding vendor, with responsibility for coding and documentation review. A recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center, Williams is an active member of the American Academy of Professional Coders. She tutors individuals who wish to sit for the Certified Professional Coding exam and also volunteers as a proctor for the exam. A mentor to many, she inspires others to achieve their goals.



Gloria A. Wilder, MD, MPH, founder of Core Health and Wellness Center and noted social activists, serves as keynote speaker at Northwell Health’s 47th annual MLK Day celebration.

Gloria A. Wilder, MD, MPH, served as the keynote speaker for Northwell Health’s 47th annual MLK Day celebration, before a packed auditorium at North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Wilder is the founder of CORE HEALTH, a community-driven social justice solutions company launched in 2005 that is dedicated to helping health providers in underserved communities improve their quality of service. CORE HEALTH’s Wellness Doctrine recognizes that a well community provides strong quality health care, education, housing, food and economic opportunities for its residents.

Previously, Dr. Wilder served as Director of Community Pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center and Chair of Mobile Health Programs at Children’s National Medical Center. She oversaw the daily operation of the Children’s Health Project of DC, a program of the nationally recognized Children’s Health Fund.

Well known for her belief in the power of service, Dr. Wilder was awarded a Caring Award in 2005, joining the company of Jimmy Carter and Mother Theresa. The Caring Award is given annually to a select group of individuals who demonstrate exceptional generosity and commitment to service. She is also the recipient of the District of Columbia Primary Care Association Champion of Change Award; Rotary Club’s Hall of Fame Award; “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Angel Network “Use Your Life Award” for her service to children; and the Planned Parenthood Champions of Choice Award.



Peter and Erica Harold

Peter and Erica Harold from the CLC Kramer Foundation and the David J. and Bobbie Marks Family Fund awarded Eastern Long Island Hospital with a total of $950,000 to the ELIH Foundation in the past year.

As a result of these gifts, a Storm Hardening Project and a Breast Health Program are now in progress at Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH). These innovative projects expand the hospital’s reach and put the ELIH Foundation at the forefront of Long Island philanthropy.

When a fractured wrist brought Erica to ELIH for orthopedic surgery, she was so grateful for the care she received that she wanted to do more. After learning about the need for a storm hardening plan and later a 3-D mammography breast tomosynthesis system for more comprehensive breast cancer screening exams, the Harolds decided to help their community hospital.

Erica and Peter, who have been year-round residents of Cutchogue since 2011, are the newest members of the ELIH Foundation Board of Directors. Together they are sharing their enthusiasm for ELIH.

Erica and Peter have a great deal of expertise and knowledge to contribute to the ELIH Foundation Board. Before they arrived on the North Fork, they were both instrumental in helping other medical organizations and hospitals further west on Long Island, including St. Francis Hospital and Northwell Health, provide children’s developmental services and general medical care. Their family foundation has provided funding for the arts, health care, research and education.



Michael Engrassia, MSW

Broadlawn Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has appointed Michael Engrassia, MSW, as its new Director of the Adult Day Health Program. Prior to joining Broadlawn Manor, Engrassia was Director of Behavioral Health at Fidelis Care and Administrator of the Adult Day Health Program and Capital Projects at Catholic Charities Health Systems.

The Adult Day Health Program at Broadlawn Manor recently marked its 20th anniversary of service and was awarded the outstanding program of the year award by the Adult Day Health Care Council Awards program.