Northwell Health has named its corporate headquarters in honor of an extraordinary figure who helped shepherd the development and growth of the health system from a single hospital into one of the nation’s largest health care providers.
Ralph A. Nappi, executive vice chair of the Northwell Board of Trustees, has been a fixture in the health system for more than 50 years. He has been president of the Northwell Health Foundation, served as chair of the North Shore University Hospital Board and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
Now his name will be forever identified with Northwell. In recognition of Mr. Nappi’s lengthy service and pivotal contributions, the health system’s headquarters at 2000 Marcus Avenue in New Hyde Park has been designated the Northwell Health Ralph A. Nappi Campus. Northwell moved into the 100,000-square-foot office space and conference center in 2016.
“It started with 169 beds at North Shore Hospital and grew to where it is today,” Mr. Nappi said of the health system’s rise. “What the health system has accomplished is unbelievable.”
“Ralph is one of those very, very special people. He has been in the health system over 50 years,” Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, told the crowd on hand at a dedication event on October 10. “He was chairman at North Shore decades before there was ever a thought of creating a health system. That’s an extraordinary history. He’s everybody’s friend. He’s everybody’s mentor. He’s somebody that you can completely trust, somebody that only cares about doing the right thing all of the time, somebody with a conscience that reminds each and every one of us why we’re in the business.”
Mr. Nappi earned his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University, a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and was a real estate attorney from 1959-90. He worked closely with then-CEO John S.T. Gallagher as a member of the North Shore board, starting as an associate trustee in 1966 and later as Foundation president. He was part of the executive team that executed the merger between the North Shore Health System with Long Island Jewish Medical Center to form the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The organization has only gotten bigger and better in the two decades since – and Mr. Nappi’s influence is still ever-present.
Mr. Nappi, who has two children, three stepchildren and nine grandchildren, currently sits on the boards of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow.
“Ralph and Northwell are synonymous,” said Mark L. Claster, chairman of the Northwell Health Board of Trustees. “I think that’s a very good thing.”
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