Statewide leadership role for South Nassau’s Murphy

Executive decision: Richard Murphy, president and CEO of Oceanside-based South Nassau Communities Hospital, now leads the Healthcare Association of New York State.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

The Healthcare Association of New York State has found a new leader on Long Island.

South Nassau Communities Hospital President and CEO Richard Murphy has been elected chairman of the statewide association’s Board of Trustees and appointed to a two-year term on its Executive Committee, effective Jan. 1.

The all-volunteer Board of Trustees manages all activities for the association, which advocates for more than 550 nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home-care agencies and other healthcare organizations across the state.

Such institutions “play a vital role in their respective communities,” noted Murphy, who will look to advance the association’s mission of leadership and service across the care continuum by taking HANYS issues directly to lawmakers.

“Nonprofit hospitals across New York State … face many challenges, including inadequate support from government and insurance reimbursement that can make it difficult to provide the level of care our patients deserve,” Murphy said Monday, adding he would “make certain our voices are heard in the halls of government.”

Murphy has been president and CEO of Oceanside-based South Nassau Communities Hospital since August 2012. Among other feathers in his South Nassau cap: an ongoing, now $400 million capital expansion of the hospital’s Oceanside and Long Beach campuses and the successful negotiations that in 2018 made South Nassau the flagship Long Island hospital of the New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System.

Before taking the reins of the 455-bed, 3,500-employee Oceanside hospital, Murphy served as president and CEO of the Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island, following leadership roles at Rockville Centre-based Catholic Health Services of Long Island, including stints as chief executive of multiple CHS hospitals.

Through his new roles on the Healthcare Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, the longtime exec will leverage those decades of healthcare leadership on behalf of institutions around the state.

“HANYS plays a critical part in advocating for our hospitals in Albany and Washington,” the board chairman said. “I’m honored to be part of the HANYS leadership team.”