The Westchester County Association officially welcomed North Shore-LIJ and its President and CEO Michael Dowling to Westchester County at a special reception held last week at the Westchester Country Club and attended by key political leaders and healthcare and business executives. WCA Chairman William Mooney, Jr., praised North Shore-LIJ’s commitment to providing high-quality healthcare to the region, and said the WCA looks forward to collaborating with the organization, which is the largest private employer in New York State, and the 14th largest healthcare system in the nation.
Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco and Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow recently joined the North Shore-LIJ Health System, which now employs more than 54,000 people in New York State and hires an additional 150 employees each week, according to Dowling Dowling said his healthcare organization had expanded into many locations, but had never before received such a special welcome. “This says something special about Westchester. It says something special about your leadership: [WCA Chairman] Bill Mooney understands where healthcare needs to go.”
Although North Shore-LIJ is new to Westchester County, Dowling remarked that his ties to Westchester extend back many years, noting that his son was born at Phelps, and he obtained his master’s degree at Fordham University, where he served as director of the Westchester Campus for several years.
“We’re very lucky to be working with Phelps Memorial Hospital and with Northern Westchester Hospital, which are great places with great leaders and people,” Dowling said. “We also look forward to working with other healthcare providers in Westchester—we can compete and collaborate at the same time. We will work with you to make Westchester a model for healthcare in counties across the nation.”
The evening was characterized by warm remarks conversational in tone. County Executive Rob Astorino and Mike Kaplowitz, chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, each welcomed Dowling and North Shore-LIJ. Dan Blum, president and CEO, Phelps Memorial Hospital, and Joel Seligman, president and CEO, Northern Westchester Hospital, were also on hand to mark the occasion. Dowling personally introduced several members of his senior management team, sharing anecdotes and jokes along the way, and noting that he felt fortunate to work alongside them in healthcare.
“We are fortunate to be in this business and we take it very seriously,” said Dowling. “We have a special obligation to do something every day that is extraordinary—something that makes the people we take care of better at the end of the day, because of what we do.”
The event was hosted by the WCA and its Hudson Valley Healthcare Consortium, which strives to keep Westchester County and the region ahead of the rapidly changing healthcare curve. The WCA’s next major industry event is Health Tech ’15, which will include thought provoking sessions on Big Data, healthcare delivery, health technology innovation, and more. For more information, visit healthtechwca.com