Crain’s Health Pulse
June 25, 2014
WHO'S NEWS: Dr. Steven Walerstein joined North Shore-LIJ as senior vice president of medical affairs and associate chief medical officer. He abruptly left NuHealth, where he was executive vice president for medical affairs and medical director, in May.
Capital New York
June 24, 2014
Former NuHealth Exec Lands at North Shore-LIJ
By Dan Goldberg
Dr. Steven J. Walerstein, who abruptly resigned from a leadership position at Nassau County's public hospital in May, has been appointed senior vice president of medical affairs and associate chief medical officer for North Shore-L.I.J. Health System.
He will be responsible for health system-wide leadership and developing physician leaders and mechanisms to address single standards of care, according to a press release from North Shore-L.I.J.
Walerstein, 58, resigned his post as chief medical officer at NuHealth last month, following a period of change in that hospital's leadership.
“Walerstein had worked closely with Arthur Gianelli, who suddenly resigned in November as NuHealth's chief executive,” Newsday reported in May.
Gianelli had been appointed by County Executive Tom Suozzi, a Democrat, in 2006. Ed Mangano, the current county executive and a Republican, asked Gianelli to resign last year so the county could search for new leadership.
Mangano then appointed his ally, Dr. Vic Politi, who had been serving as Nassau County's interim police commissioner.
The political nature of the change irked some staff and several doctors, including Walerstein who wanted an explanation from the board.
The board chairman declined to meet with the staff, according to a November report from Newsday, citing confidentiality agreements.
At the time, Walerstein told the paper that "the conditions of the resignation (are) both public and clear.”
Walerstein has also worked at New York Methodist Hospital and spent 12 years (from 1987-1999) at North Shore-LIJ. During that time he served as associate chair of medicine and director of inpatient and hospitalist services, chief of general internal medicine and director of the internal medicine residency program.