Staten Island, NY -- Anthony C. Ferreri, President and CEO of Staten Island University Hospital and a regional executive director of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is this year’s winner of Modern Healthcare’s Leadership Award recognizing healthcare executives for their services to those outside of the organizations they lead.
The magazine’s senior editors announced the award in the November 15 issue following a three-month selection process that included 50 contenders. Reader votes accounted for 50 percent of the outcome.
“It’s a humbling experience,” noted the 63-year-old Ferreri. “It’s an honor to be recognized by one’s peers, but this award is certainly made all the more meaningful by voters from my own community – Staten Islanders I have worked side-by-side with to improve the quality of health care and life on our Island.” He thanked colleagues at the North Shore-LIJ Health System for placing his name in nomination.
Ferreri is quoted in ModernHealthcare that he is never surprised when a cousin, a neighbor, or a friend from high school calls him at home to let him know they are on the way to the hospital. A sign that Staten Island has maintained its precious small time feel, even though its population rivals some of the largest cities in the United States. Islanders helping Islanders and neighbors helping neighbors. A big city acting like a small town.
Interestingly, the first person to congratulate him on winning the award was a relative who approached him in the hospital cafeteria on the day of the announcement. Ferreri asked how he knew about it. “My aunt works in Chicago for Modern Healthcare,” the relative responded.” Not just a small town, a small world.
A lifelong Staten Islander, Ferreri has served as Staten Island University Hospital’s (SIUH) president and chief executive officer since August 2003 and in 2013 was named Executive Director of the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Western Region, retaining his former title.
With Ferreri as president of New York City’s sixth largest teaching hospital, SIUH accomplished a major expansion of its emergency department with the 2009 opening of the Elizabeth A. Connelly Emergency and Trauma Center and realized its dream for a 21st century globally connected medical education facility in 2011 with the completion of the Regina M. McGinn, MD Education Center.
As a leader driving the hospital’s focus on quality, SIUH earned national recognition in an impressive number of prominent quality studies. These include the federal government’s CMS awards, Premier Award, American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Award for the Treatment of Stroke, the Joint Commission’s Codman Award and Press Ganey Hospital Value Index Award, as well as twice receiving the New York State Hospital Association’s Pinnacle Award.
He is credited with the idea of memorializing the 274 Staten Islanders lost in the terror attacks of 9/11 with a permanent wall. At the helm of two hospitals in flood zones, Ferreri led the historic, first time evacuation of patients in advance of Hurricane Irene and was at the helm of the effort to protect patients and staff during and after Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters surged and withdrew leaving devastation in its wake.
“He kept the community comfortable, he moderated fears and worries, and he kept morale of staff at a very high level,” said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of the 20-hospital North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, which owns Staten Island University Hospital. “Tony has congratulations on a well-deserved honor from all of us at the system, Dowling said.