Northwell Health lifer tabbed as chief revenue officer

Internal revenue: New York State's busiest healthcare provider and largest private employer has a new revenue chief.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

Northwell Health may be laser-focused on providing top healthcare services, but as one of New York State’s largest commercial enterprises, it also needs to take care of business.

To that end, the New Hyde Park-based company – New York’s largest health system (by number of providers and number of patients) and largest private employer (with 66,000-plus workers, and counting) – has named a new chief revenue officer: Gerard Brogan Jr., a medical doctor who served most recently as executive director of Northwell’s Huntington Hospital.

Brogan, who is also a professor in the Emergency Medicine Department at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, will be busy in his new role. The revenue chief will manage the reporting and coding of illnesses and mortality risks for the vast health system, while assessing patient-access capabilities and otherwise overseeing Northwell Health’s revenue cycle.

He is also slated to continue in his role as a professor of emergency medicine at the Zucker School.

Brogan has honed his executive-leadership skills in his nearly four years at the helm of Huntington Hospital, according to Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling, who said those experiences “will serve him well in his new position.”

“Gerry has been instrumental in using his analytical skills to improve clinical quality, operational efficiency and financial performance,” Dowling said Wednesday.

Among other achievements, Brogan is credited with spearheading Huntington Hospital’s new $53 million, 28,000-square-foot emergency department, which doubled the department’s size and volume when it opened in January 2017.

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He also helped the hospital achieve a Level III Trauma Center designation from the American College of Surgeons. Level III Trauma Centers have “demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients,” according to the ACS, and have developed “transfer agreements” for patients requiring more comprehensive treatment at Level I and II centers.

Brogan’s 20-year career with Northwell Health also includes a stretch as medical director of Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital and a stint as vice president of emergency services for multiple Northwell hospitals across Long Island.

He also served as medical director of the health system’s Public Access Defibrillation program.

Brogan officially joined Northwell Health – then the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System – in 1998 as director of emergency services at Plainview Hospital, but his affiliation with the health system goes back even further. After receiving his medical degree from the University at Buffalo, the doctor completed his residency in emergency medicine at New Hyde Park’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center.