Forest Hills Hospital Appoints New Interim Medical Directorships

GREAT NECK, NY – The position of medical director at Forest Hills Hospital will be divided among three physicians who will each assume interim roles for leadership at the hospital, the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today.

Mitchel C. Jacobs, MD, will serve as interim medical director, and Michael DellaCorte, DPM, and Rohit Reejsinghani, DO, will be interim associate medical directors. Combined, they will fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position formerly held by Gerard X. Brogan, Jr., MD, who is now the executive director at Huntington Hospital.

“Given the growing complexity and demands of the healthcare industry overall, we have restructured our hospital’s medical director position in a manner that will enable us to improve focus on all aspects of patient care, service and collaboration while allowing for continuous innovation and enhancement,” said Rita Merceica, RN, executive director of Forest Hills Hospital.  “This model of coverage allows us to leverage the leadership and clinical service knowledge of Drs. Jacobs, DellaCorte and Reejsinghani to best serve the needs of our hospital and the community we serve.”

Dr. Jacobs has 26 years of patient care experience in the fields of critical care, pulmonary medicine, and internal medicine, for which he is board-certified. He manages a private practice in pulmonary and critical care medicine in Great Neck and oversees the Intensive Care units at Forest Hills and Glen Cove hospitals. In the past, Dr. Jacobs has served in multiple roles, including chief of Surgical Care and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care at North Shore University Hospital. With his dedication to patient care both at the bedside and in private practice, Dr. Jacobs will help ensure the delivery of high quality and compassionate medical care at Forest Hills with an added focus of increasing the patient experience.

Dr. DellaCorte is director of the podiatry residency program at Forest Hills, which he has grown from three residents to nine with plans of adding three more slots in the summer. Currently serving as president of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, he is board-certified in podiatric medicine, foot and ankle surgery. In practice for more than 30 years, he maintains a private practice in Maspeth and has served as president of the Medical Board of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals and medical director of Hyperbaric and Wound Care Centers of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Care Center, Brooklyn and Queens region. In his new role, Dr. DellaCorte will aid in aligning and improving the coordination and communication of voluntary physician’s patient concerns with those of hospital administration.

Dr. Reejsinghani is board-certified in internal medicine and a hospitalist at Forest Hills. His position will be expanded to include conducting quality reviews, determining corrective measures to improve patient care and patient experience, as well as aiding in the management of length of hospitalizations. Previously, Dr. Reejsinghani served as an attending physician at North Shore University Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital and Mt. Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital, where he managed resident care teams in the delivery of bedside care, coordinated teaching rounds and the review of medical research used to improve patient care.

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