United Hospital Fund Honors 26 Health Care Trustees

See photos from the event.

New York, New York, April 30, 2018 - United Hospital Fund (UHF) presented Distinguished Trustee Awards to 26 trustees from New York metropolitan-area hospitals and health care organizations at a luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street today. The honorees were recognized for their extraordinary leadership and service to hospitals, nursing homes, home care, and rehabilitation organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Orange counties, and nearby New Jersey and Connecticut.

This is the 28th year that UHF presented the Distinguished Trustee Awards. Trustees are nominated by their respective institutions, and all share the same goals as UHF—to ensure the highest quality of care and meet the needs of the diverse communities and populations they serve. The honorees and the institutions they help lead are listed below.

This year's Tribute featured remarks from Thomas H. Lee, MD, chief medical officer of Press Ganey, a health care consulting firm supporting health care providers in understanding and improving the entire patient experience. Dr. Lee is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His remarks drew on his professional experiences and his own role as a health system trustee.

Luncheon co-chairs Cary Kravet, trustee of Northwell Health, and Mary Beth Tully, a director of NYU Winthrop Hospital, joined United Hospital Fund President Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, in recognizing the 26 Distinguished Trustees honored at the lunch. Some 500 members and supporters of the health care community, along with honorees' colleagues, friends, and family were in attendance.

For the 13th consecutive year the TD Charitable Foundation was underwriter of the Tribute, targeting its support to UHF work aimed at helping maintain the region's leadership in improving insurance coverage, especially for our most vulnerable populations.

Emmet Conlon, TD Bank, with UHF President Anthony Shih, MD

The luncheon co-chairs are both UHF board members and have long been active in health care. Mr. Kravet is president and chief executive officer of Kravet Inc., a fifth-generation family business based in Bethpage, New York, that is a global leader in decorative home furnishings. He has been a trustee of Northwell since 2003, and chairs its Committee on Quality.

Ms. Tully, a trustee of NYU Winthrop since 2012, has worked in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She is now involved in several volunteer initiatives.

“The honorees combine their unique expertise with an acute awareness of local needs in their service to local communities,” said Dr. Shih. “We at United Hospital Fund are thrilled to once again have the opportunity to pay tribute to the 2018 Distinguished Trustees who demonstrate a profound dedication to their organizations, and to the metropolitan region's health care system.”

United Hospital Fund 2018 Distinguished Trustees

George F. Biondo, Esq.
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Geoffrey L. Brackett, DPhil
St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital

Reginald Bullock Jr.
The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

Nicholas Cicchetti, DPM

Chase Coleman
Hospital for Special Surgery

Anthony Coniglio
St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children

Thomas K. Cullen
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center

Mark S. DeWaele, DMD
Stamford Health

Richard W. Henning
Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack University Medical Center

Sol Herskowitz, Esq.
New York Community Hospital

Michael R. Irwin
Interfaith Medical Center

Kenneth A. Jacoppi, Esq.
Northwell Health, Mather Hospital

Frances R. Katz
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation

Richard G. Ketchum
SBH Health System

Edward Lieberstein
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

George C.K. Liu, MD, PhD
Maimonides Medical Center

Patrick K. Long
NYU Winthrop Hospital

Darren R. Meyers, CPA
Flushing Hospital Medical Center

Phyllis J. Mills, BSN, RN
Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Joseph Nedlin
BronxCare Health System

Mark N. Page
NYC Health + Hospitals

Ronald D. Pallant, MD
Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Sherry Patterson
Northwell Health, Peconic Bay Medical Center

Dennis W. Quirk
Richmond University Medical Center

Bruce Schonbraun
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, New Jersey

Lenue (Lenny) H. Singletary III
The Brooklyn Hospital Center

About United Hospital Fund

United Hospital Fund works to build a more effective health care system for every New Yorker. An independent, nonprofit organization, we analyze public policy to inform decision-makers, find common ground among diverse stakeholders, and develop and support innovative programs that improve the quality, accessibility, affordability, and experience of patient care. For more on our initiatives and programs please visit our website at www.uhfnyc.org and follow us on Twitter.

April 30, 2018