Alan Murray and Paul Wright, MD, were each honored at the Scottish Variety Awards at the Glasgow Crowne Plaza Hotel in Scotland. Mr. Murray, president and chief executive officer of the insurer CareConnect, along with Dr. Wright, chair of neurology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, were recognized for their professional accomplishments in the health care industry in the category of international achievement.
“Each year, the Scottish Variety Awards recognizes outstanding Scottish people in different fields,” said Laura Marks, co-founder of the awards. “This year was a special one as we have introduced an award for truly amazing Scots who have done outstanding international work. Under this category, we were thrilled to honor Alan Murray and Dr. Wright for their endless achievements in the health care industry.”
Mr. Murray, who runs the first provider-owned commercial health insurance company in New York State, charted an unusual course into health care. A descendant of the Murray of Atholl clan, Mr. Murray was born in Govan, a district that is now part of Glasgow. Mr. Murray, like his father, served in the British Merchant Navy. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, and also received a Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science and qualifications in merchant vessel operations from Warsash Maritime College, Southampton, United Kingdom.
In 2000, Mr. Murray met an American college student, who he later married. The couple eventually moved to the United States. Today, Mr. Murray is also president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ Health Plan and is senior vice president of Northwell Health’s Office of Population Management.
“Having received national recognition at the Scottish Variety Awards ceremony was incredibly rewarding,” said Mr. Murray. “I am also extremely grateful for the professional opportunities provided to me by Northwell Health in being part of something that is changing the way people think about health insurance and health care. The accomplishments I have been able to achieve in my career, have also been in large part, thanks to my family and all those leaders who have come before me.”
Dr. Wright was born in Glasgow and attended primary and secondary school in Scotland, where he played rugby, ran track and was in a bagpipe band. He moved with his family to Israel at 16, and after serving in the Israeli army, emigrated to the United States.
Dr. Wright is currently vice president of neurology for Northwell’s Central and Eastern regions, overseeing neurology programs in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York. Dr. Wright is also an assistant professor of neurology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and is an adjunct associate professor at the Hofstra University School of Health Sciences and Human Services, where he teaches a masters course in hospital administration and organization. In addition to his clinical oversight of neurology services at NSUH, LIJ and other facilities on Long Island and in Queens, he works closely on academic and clinical research.
“It was an especially meaningful award to be recognized in Scotland for this achievement,” said Dr. Wright. “From growing up on welfare and being the first person in my family to finish college, to a practicing neurologist and department chair with the great support of the Northwell Health, I am truly humbled. This could not have been done without their support and the support of my wife Nina and my children.”
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