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Richmond University Medical Center Welcomes NYS Office of Mental Health Commissioner

October 25, 2021

Commissioner Ann Marie T. Sullivan Tours Facilities, Reviews Services and Thanks Staff

On October 22, Ann Marie T. Sullivan, MD, Commissioner for the New York State Office of Mental Health, toured the inpatient and outpatient behavioral health facilities of Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC). She was joined by hospital leadership as well as Bob Moon, Director of the Office of Mental Health’s New York City Field Office. 

“The visit by Commissioner Sullivan and Director Moon was a boost for our staff,” RUMC President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel J. Messina, PhD, FACHE, said. “We provide a wide range of medically proven effective treatments and therapies to assist people of all ages. They got to see first-hand the level of care we provide and the commitment of our team to helping those in need.”

In addition to Dr. Messina, joining Commissioner Sullivan and Director Moon on their tour was RUMC’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, Rosemarie Stazzone, RN, MS; Joanne Pietro, Assistant Vice President, Behavioral Health Services/Staten Island Mental Health Society; and Joel Idowu, MD, DFAPA, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

During the visit, the commissioner met with staff assisting patients in RUMC’s adolescent psychology department and in the hospital’s separate Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP). She thanked the staff for their dedication and the quality of care they provide to behavioral health patients and their families. The CPEP consists of a psychiatric emergency room, six extended observation beds, a recreation and activity area, waiting and interview rooms, and two medical staff stations throughout 8,000 square feet. The CPEP is a multifaceted treatment program offering a full range of psychiatric emergency services including crisis intervention in an emergency room setting, comprehensive evaluation by a psychiatrist, nurse and social worker, referral and linkage to the appropriate community clinics and an extended observation unit.

The commissioner then made her way over to 1130 South Avenue to tour RUMC’s outpatient Center for Integrative Behavioral Medicine. The center serves the Staten Island community with evaluation and referral services, mental health support, as well as substance use treatment and other specialized programs. RUMC is Staten Island’s leading provider of behavioral health services for children, adolescents and adults. In 2019, RUMC further expanded its behavioral health services by incorporating Staten Island Mental Health Society and all of its services as a newly formed division of the hospital.

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New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Sullivan (second ,left) with RUMC senior leadership, Bob Moon, Director of the Office of Mental Health’s New York City Field Office (third, right) and staff from RUMC’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
Commissioner Sullivan and Director Moon with staff outside RUMC’s Center for Integrative Behavioral Medicine, located at 1130 South Avenue.
Commissioner Sullivan, Director Moon, RUMC senior leadership with social workers and staff from the hospital’s Behavioral Health Department.