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Daniel J. Messina

President & Chief Executive Officer

Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., FACHE, LNHA
President & Chief Executive Officer

Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., FACHE, became President and Chief Executive Officer of Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), in April 2014.

Dr. Messina, a life-long resident of Staten Island, is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of healthcare leadership expertise. Prior to joining Richmond University, for 13 years he served as the System Chief Operating Officer of 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 as President and CEO of Richmond University Medical Center, Dr. Messina has continued the expansion of the medical center’s primary and behavioral care networks along with the integration of those services. The medical center has recently formed its own Individual Provider Association (IPA), enjoyed continued success in its Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Richmond Quality, LLC, and partnered in the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS) as part of New York State’s DSRIP program. Under Dr. Messina’s leadership, the medical center is currently undergoing the construction of a new emergency department. The medical center has also launched its first school-based clinic at Susan E. Wagner High School. 

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 research study on the relationship between patient satisfaction and volume growth in teaching vs. non-teaching hospitals.

Dr. Messina serves as Trustee on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the 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. 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 Have a Heart Foundation, 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.