As executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mark Solazzo provides leadership and oversight to all operations for Northwell Health, including its hospitals, long-term care facilities, the nation’s sixth largest physician group practice, an internationally recognized medical research institute and healthcare-related businesses. He oversees a workforce of more than 66,000 employees throughout Northwell, the largest private employer in New York State.
In his role, Mr. Solazzo is responsible for integrating the strategic plan of the organization through its operations and maintaining an organizational culture that recognizes the importance of strategic change leadership, excellence in execution, accountability and the ongoing commitment to long-term growth and innovation. In addition, he is responsible for ensuring the delivery of coordinated services to meet the needs of patients and the community.
Prior to his appointment to chief operating officer in 2005, Mr. Solazzo served as chief of staff and chief administrative officer to Northwell’s President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Dowling. In that position, he worked with senior leadership to successfully implement Northwell’s strategic objectives, providing management oversight for the development of first-class, cost-effective and integrated programs to ensure the operational and strategic success of the organization. He was also accountable for government relations, and managed Northwell’s emergency preparedness efforts and special projects for the Center for Emergency Medical Services and other core divisions.
Before joining Northwell in 1995, Mr. Solazzo held a number of senior-level positions within the New York State Department of Social Services, where he oversaw health and social services issues for 15 years. During his tenure there, he was responsible for the state’s Child Assistance Program which earned him Harvard University’s prestigious Innovations in Government Award. Mr. Solazzo culminated his work at the department as director of the Bureau of Management and Administrative Support.
Mr. Solazzo is a member of the Healthcare Institute, Inc.; The Health Management Academy; and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Solutions Board of Directors. In addition, he is committee chair of The Academy Huron Institute and a committee member of the Dowling College Long Island Youth Summit. Modern Healthcare named him one of the Top 25 COOs in Healthcare in the first two years of the award.
Since 2009, Mr. Solazzo has been an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY, teaching graduate-level healthcare management courses.
Mr. Solazzo earned an undergraduate degree from Fordham University, studied at Albany Medical College, and received an MBA with a specialization in health system management from Union College, Schenectady, NY.