In his new role as chairman of the Staten Island Regional Executive Council, Michael Caridi is tasked with making sure Staten Island University Hospital meets the health care needs of the borough.
Mr. Caridi, who previously served as vice chair of the council, was elected in June during the council’s annual meeting. A longtime supporter of SIUH, Mr. Caridi also serves on the Northwell Health Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers.
In the year-round nonpaid position, Mr. Caridi meets with hospital administration to assess hospital needs, and then reports those needs to the Board of Overseers which has a philanthropic function. In turn, they work with the SIUH Foundation to fundraise for hospital projects.
Two major projects that Mr. Caridi is currently involved with will greatly enhance the care of pregnant women and cancer patients at the hospital’s Ocean Breeze campus.
The Gruppuso Family Women and Newborn Center, budgeted at $80 million, will upgrade the level of service and care that’s available to women delivering at SIUH. Estimated at $35 million, the Florina Comprehensive Cancer Center will afford comprehensive cancer coverage to Staten Islanders who have the city’s highest cancer rates.
“Everybody needs healthcare and it’s important that we build the best healthcare system on Staten Island so people don’t have leave to seek that care,” said Mr. Caridi.
In addition to his work with SIUH and Northwell, Caridi serves as treasurer on the board of the St. George Theatre, is on the Integration Charter School’s board of trustees, and contributes his time to the planning and presenting of events at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation.