Mr. Quagliata, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of distinguished service to the hospital and the communities it serves, will be presented with the hospital’s prestigious Mary Pearson Award. The Mary Pearson Award, named for South Nassau’s first administrator, is presented to an individual for extraordinary effort and individual contributions that significantly advance South Nassau’s commitment to compassionate care and standard setting healthcare services.
Proceeds from the 2012 Carnation Ball will benefit The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital. The center is the only one on Long Island that is equipped with three of the most advanced and effective technologies used to treat and eradicate cancer: the Varian Novalis Tx™, da Vinci® Surgical System and Gamma Knife®. It is a recipient of many prestigious honors and citations, including the American College of Surgeons Comprehensive Community Cancer Center designation and the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
“The evening’s proceeds will help ensure that the communities and residents served by South Nassau continue to have convenient access to the most advanced cancer care available anywhere,” said Elizabeth Nardone, South Nassau’s vice president of development. “We are thankful for our many generous and benevolent sponsors, including Co-Exclusive Ball Sponsors Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group and Neurological Surgery P.C.”
Mr. Quagliata, who will be succeeded by Richard J. Murphy, was named president and CEO of South Nassau in October 1998. He started his career at South Nassau in 1973, when he was appointed Chief Financial Officer, a position he held until his appointment as president and CEO.
During Mr. Quagliata’s tenure as president and CEO, South Nassau’s inpatient admissions increased by 90 percent and its ambulatory volume jumped by 127 percent, outpacing those of many other hospitals in the area. In addition, new services, specialty lines of practice, technological advances and new construction have been added, including, most notably, the hospital’s 174,000 square-foot North Addition, which set the standard for hospital development and design excellence when it opened in April 2006. Other leading-edge care added has included interventional cardiology, a Center for Advanced Orthopedics, and The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center.
Mr. Quagliata has been an advocate for hospitals on Long Island for more than 30 years and is recognized for his leadership in shaping the future of healthcare in the region. He is Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). He is also a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, a body that comprises the chief executives of the 23 not-for-profit and public hospitals on Long Island. He also served on the Long Island Regional Advisory Committee of the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (also known as the Berger Commission).
Additional industry roles include past President and Advanced Member of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He has been a fervent supporter of Long Island Blood Services throughout the years and, due to his dedication, is in part responsible for the increase in much-needed blood donations on Long Island. Mr. Quagliata is also a champion of programs to help combat breast cancer and is a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the 1-in-9 Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition Hewlett House Hall of Fame. He is also responsible for spearheading South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 5K Breast Cancer Run/Walk that attracts more than 1,500 participants annually.
Numerous organizations have honored Mr. Quagliata for his enduring commitment to ensuring the quality and vitality of healthcare services on Long Island and in New York. This includes Honoree of the Queens-Long Island Chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPIQLI); Advancement for Commerce, Industry & Technology Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Award; School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. Sixty-Over-Sixty Award; and Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre Annual Scholarship Dinner Honoree.
For more information on the event contact South Nassau’s Development department at (516) 377-5360 or visit the hospital’s website www.southnassau.org.
South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-