Rita Mercieca Named Executive Director of Forest Hills Hospital

Rita Mercieca Named Executive Director of FHH
Rita Mercieca, RN
 FOREST HILLS, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced the appointment of Rita Mercieca, RN, as executive director of Forest Hills Hospital.
As executive director, Ms. Mercieca is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Forest Hills Hospital, including finance, operations, quality, patient satisfaction and staff performance. She succeeds Geralyn Randazzo, RN, MS, CNAA, who was recently named vice president of case management in the health system’s Post-Acute Services.
Prior to her promotion, Ms. Mercieca had served as the hospital’s chief nurse and associate executive director of patient care services since 2008. In that capacity, she helped expand the clinical receiving capacity of the hospital’s emergency department in the wake of the closure of three nearby hospitals in Queens, and improved Forest Hills’ overall efficiency and effectiveness.
Prior to coming to Forest Hills Hospital , Ms. Mercieca worked at North Shore-LIJ’s Franklin Hospital, first as a nurse manager in the Emergency Department (ED), and later as director of the ED and critical care services. Previously, she worked for nearly 20 years at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in Lower Manhattan in various nursing positions.
Certified in emergency nursing, Ms. Mercieca has been honored with the North Shore-LIJ Nursing Leadership Award. She serves on numerous health system committees including the Nurse Executive Council, Heart Failure and Sepsis Task Forces and the IHI Steering Committee, among others.
Ms. Mercieca received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, and an MBA from Regis University, Denver.
Serving as Forest Hills’ deputy executive director is Brian O’Neill, who came to the hospital in 2009 as vice president and associate executive director. Previously, he served as vice president of emergency services at North Shore-LIJ’s Center for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) http://www.northshorelij.com/NSLIJ/CEMS in Syosset, where he had administrative and operational oversight of emergency services and security at the health system’s hospitals and ambulatory care sites.

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