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Daniel J. Messina Elected to Board of Regional Hospital Association



***Elected to 3-year term in leadership of Greater New York Hospital Association***


STATEN ISLAND, NY – Richmond University Medical Center, an affiliate of the Mount Sinai Health Network, today announced that its’ President and CEO Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., FACHE has been elected to serve as a member of the Board of Governors of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), a trade association representing more than 160 member hospitals and health systems in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The election took place at the association’s annual meeting held Tuesday evening at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.

“In this era of rapid health care reform, Dan Messina is a welcome addition to the GNYHA Board of Governors,” said GNYHA President Kenneth E. Raske. “Dr. Messina is a proven leader, and his experience and wise counsel will help shape GNYHA’s advocacy in response to the many challenging issues facing health care providers and the patients they serve.”

“It is truly an honor to be selected by my peers in health care who have recognized the remarkable expansion and developments underway at Richmond University,” stated Dr. Messina. “This is a time of intense change and transformation in health care and I appreciate the opportunity to lend my experience, but also represent the interests of the Staten Island community.

As a member of the Board of Governors Class of 2020, Dr. Messina will serve a 3-year term beginning immediately and will be eligible for re-appointment in 2020. The Board of Governors is a dynamic group that helps shape health care policy at the local, state, regional and federal levels.

Dr. Messina, a life-long resident of Staten Island, is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of healthcare leadership experience. Prior to joining Richmond University in April 2014, for 13 years he served as the System Chief Operating Officer of the 900 bed CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold, New Jersey, where he was responsible administratively for all System Operations for the Medical Center, Monmouth Crossing Assisted Living Facility, The Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Applewood Estates Continuing Care Retirement Community. While in this role, Dr. Messina developed growth strategies that included a new Cancer Center/Proton Therapy Center, and programs in Robotics, Bariatric and Neurosurgery; as well as a new state-of-the-art 26-bed Critical Care Unit, a 49-bed Emergency Department, and the development of a 180,000 sq. ft. Ambulatory Campus. Additionally, Dr. Messina developed the Linda E. Cardinale MS Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive MS Centers in the region – leading to a fundraising event that has generated over $3 million. During his tenure, CentraState received a Magnet Nursing Designation, was recognized as one of the 100 Most Wired Hospitals in the U.S. and Modern Healthcare’s 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.  


During his tenure as President and CEO of Richmond University Medical Center, Dr. Messina has continued the expansion of the medical center’s primary care network and expansion of its behavioral health network as well as their integration of both services. The medical center has recently formed its own Independent Practice Association (IPA), enjoyed continued success in its Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Richmond Quality, LLC, and facilitated development of the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS) as part of New York State’s DSRIP program, the state’s leading PPS. Under Dr. Messina’s leadership, the medical center is currently planning the construction of a new emergency department and the development of a comprehensive women’s health and breast center at the Teleport.  The medical center has also planned its first school-based clinic at Susan E. Wagner High School and is anticipated to begin construction later this year. Earlier this year, Richmond University signed a partnership to begin providing medical services to the Student Health Center at Wagner College.  

Dr. Messina received his BS in Health Science/Respiratory Care from Long Island University Brooklyn, and earned his MPA in Healthcare Administration from LIU Post. He obtained his Ph.D. in Health Sciences and Leadership at Seton Hall University where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health and Allied Sciences. He is a former Regent for the American College of Health Care Executives, is Board Certified in Healthcare Management as an ACHE Fellow, and has served on several ACHE committees including the Journal of Healthcare Management were he published a leading study on the relationship between patient satisfaction and volume growth in teaching vs. non-teaching hospitals.

Dr. Messina has served as a Trustee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New Jersey Chapter, where he served as Chairman, and the Alumni Board of Trustees at Seton Hall University. He is a past Board member of the VNA Health Group of New Jersey, where he served as Chairman of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee, and a member of the Policy Development Committee of the New Jersey Hospital Association. He is also a member of the American Hospital Association.

Dr. Messina has been honored by various organizations for his service to the community, including Seton Hall University with the “Many Are One” award, the American College of Healthcare Executives with the Senior, Early and Distinguished Service Awards, New Jersey Women Against MS, CentraState Auxiliary and the Staten Island CYO. He has also been recognized by the Wagner College daVinci Society, St. Phillip’s Baptist Church, the Pakistani Civic Association, Have a Heart Foundation, Reali Foundation/ Protecting One Young Heart At A Time  and the Meals on Wheels of Staten Island. He has also been inducted into the New Dorp High School Hall of Fame.

Dr. Messina lives in Staten Island with his wife Debra and they are the parents of two children, Daniel and Lianne.




About Richmond University Medical Center


Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine, is a 470+ bed healthcare facility and teaching institution serving borough residents as a leader in the areas of acute, medical and surgical care, including emergency care, surgery, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, gastroenterology, cardiology, pediatrics, podiatry, endocrinology, urology, oncology, orthopedics, neonatal intensive care and maternal health. The medical center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for quality and patient safety.

RUMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center and a designated Stroke Center, receiving top national recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  The state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab has PCI capabilities for elective and emergent procedures in angioplasty. RUMC maintains a Wound Care/Hyperbaric Center and a Sleep Disorder Center on-site at its main campus.  The hospital also offers behavioral health services, encompassing both inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults, including emergent inpatient and mobile outreach units.  RUMC is the only borough facility that offers inpatient psychiatric services for adolescents.

With over 2,500 employees, RUMC is one of the largest employers on Staten Island.  Its main campus is located at 355 Bard Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10310.




Founded in 1904, Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) is a trade association representing more than 160 member hospitals and health systems in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

GNYHA is a dynamic, constantly evolving center for health care advocacy and expertise, but our core mission—helping hospitals deliver the finest patient care in the most cost-effective way—never changes.

Daniel J. Messina Elected to Board of Regional Hospital Association