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Mark Solazzo named top COO


For the second consecutive year, Northwell Health's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Solazzo has been named as one of the top 25 COO's in the country by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Mr. Solazzo has headed operations at Northwell since 2005. In his role he oversees the health system's 23 hospitals, 650-plus ambulatory sites, a medical group of nearly 4,000 physicians and 70 clinical and nonclinical joint ventures. Before being named COO, Solazzo served as chief of staff and chief administrative officer to Northwell CEO Michael Dowling. Previously, Solazzo held a number of senior-level positions within the New York Department of Social Services over his 15-year tenure there.

"It is indeed an honor to be recognized by Modern Healthcare," said Mr. Solazzo. "I have been extremely fortunate to be able to help lead what I believe is one of the finest and most innovative health care systems in the county. It has an amazing leadership team and a true culture of collaboration."

Mr. Solazzo is a member of the Healthcare Institute, Inc.; The Health Management Academy; and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Solutions Board of Directors. In addition, he is committee chair of The Academy Huron Institute and a committee member of the Dowling College Long Island Youth Summit. This is not the first time Mr. Solazzo has been recognized by Modern Healthcare. He has been recognized as one of the Top 25 COOs in healthcare by the publication for the past two years.

Since 2009, Mr. Solazzo has been an adjunct professor at St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY, teaching graduate-level healthcare management courses. Mr. Solazzo earned an undergraduate degree from Fordham University, studied at Albany Medical College, and received an MBA with a specialization in health system management from Union College, Schenectady, NY.

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About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State's largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, more than 650 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 66,000 employees – 15,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We're making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit

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