VALLEY STREAM, NY – Stephen Bello, PA, a veteran healthcare administrator for Northwell Health (formerly the North Shore-LIJ Health System), has been appointed executive director at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream.
He takes over for Cathy Hottendorf, RN, who will now help lead key educational initiatives at the Northwell Health Institute for Nursing, working with Maureen White, RN, the health system’s senior vice president and chief nurse executive.
In his new role, Mr. Bello will oversee day-to-day operations and strategic plans for the 305-bed hospital, which includes plans to renovate the emergency department to better meet the healthcare needs of the community.
“My goal is to continue the positive momentum Long Island Jewish Valley Stream has gained in the community it serves and to further develop key clinical services built on a foundation of quality, customer service and patient experience,” said Mr. Bello, who began his 13-year-career with Northwell Health as a cardiothoracic physician assistant at North Shore University Hospital.
Immediately prior to his appointment, he served as vice president and administrator within Northwell Health Physician Partners. He has been integral in expanding the health system’s cardiac services, including helping to establish Southside Hospital’s heart surgery program, and unifying the cardiac surgery programs of North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center.
Mr. Bello was born and raised in Carle Place in North Hempstead. He attended Fordham University on a full academic scholarship, attaining a bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to graduate from the Physician Assistants Program at Cornell Medical College, and then joined Winthrop University Hospital as a cardiothoracic physician assistant, serving under Alan Hartman, MD.
In 2003, he came to North Shore University Hospital to once again work with Dr. Hartman, who now serves as Northwell Health’s senior vice president, executive director and chair of cardiothoracic surgery. Rising in the ranks to chief PA of his department, Mr. Bello took on more administrative responsibilities, including the development of New York State’s first new cardiac surgery program in 30 years at Southside Hospital in 2010.
Currently completing his master’s degree in health care delivery science at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Mr. Bello has three children and resides in West Hempstead.