Northwell Health Names Senior Leaders in Eastern Region, Operations and Finance

Winnie Mack

Northwell Health today announced senior leadership appointments for four key staff members in operations and finance.

Effective at the end of this year, Winnie Mack, RN, senior vice president and executive director of the Northwell’s Eastern Region, which includes seven hospitals on Long Island, has been appointed senior vice president of health system operations. Succeeding her in the Eastern Region is Kevin Beiner, who is currently the Eastern Region’s deputy executive director.

While providing high-quality care and excellent service are key to Northwell’s mission, the health system relies on strong financial leadership to meet its obligations to communities it serves. To that end, Michele Cusack, senior vice president of finance, and Richard Miller, senior vice president of payer relations and contract development, have been promoted to deputy chief financial officers at Northwell Health.

In her new role, Ms. Mack will be responsible for overseeing and implementing policies, evaluating perioperative protocols, providing counsel for emergency medicine services, and working on issues related to labor management, strategic planning and community relations. She previously held leadership positions at Southside Hospital, helping to expand and build programs there while elevating the hospital’s profile in Suffolk County. Ms. Mack has more than 40 years of health care experience as a nurse and administrator. She has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s from LIU Post.

Mr. Beiner has held a variety of leadership roles since joining Northwell in 2005, including chief of staff at the health system and executive director of the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in Manhattan after serving as its associate executive director during the hospital’s transition to Northwell Health. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and an MBA in health services management from Hofstra University.

As deputy chief financial officers, Ms. Cusack and Mr. Miller will continue to work closely with Robert Shapiro, Northwell’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, as well as other senior leaders.

Ms. Cusack has served Northwell since 1996, most recently overseeing corporate financial reporting, budgeting, cash management, tax management and other responsibilities. In her new role, Ms. Cusack will be responsible for strategic planning, financial management, operation performance, compliance and risk management and business development with the finance office. She also will develop and execute tax strategies, arrange debt financing, oversee and manage financial reporting and planning and administer the financial complexities involved with managing population health and risk-based contracts. Ms. Cusack also will maintain relationships with the investor community, banks and rating agencies. She holds an MBA from Hofstra University.

Mr. Miller joined Northwell in 2008 as vice president of financial planning and was promoted to senior vice president of payer relations and contract development in 2013 – a position he continues to hold. As deputy chief financial officer, his added responsibility includes areas of managed care, the CareConnect insurance company and financial business strategy. He will develop contracting and business development strategies and chair Northwell’s Insurance Holding Company. In addition, Mr. Miller will provide financial oversight of Northwell’s value-based payment arrangements and serve on external boards and advisory committees such as the Nassau Queens Performing Provider System (DSRIP), Optum 360 and the Healthfirst Finance Committee. He holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business of New York University and a BBA from Bernard Baruch College.