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RUMC’s Vice Chair for Department of Medicine Honored by United Hospital Fund

April 10, 2024

Jay Mbeng Nfonoyim, MD, MPA, FCCP, FACP, CPE, named a Quality Improvement Champion

On May 6, the United Hospital Fund honored over 60 quality improvement leaders from health care organizations across the metropolitan region for their tireless efforts to improve the quality, safety, and equity of patient care at their institutions. Richmond University Medical Center’s Jay Mbeng Nfonoyim, MD, MPA, FCCP, FACP, CPE, was among this year’s honorees who were recognized by the UHF as Quality Improvement Champions. Dr. Nfonoyim is RUMC’s Vice Chair for the Department of Medicine; Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency; and Chief of the Critical Care Division.

“I am humbled, deeply honored, and grateful to be a recipient of this award,” Dr. Nfonoyim said. “I would like to thank The United Hospital Fund for its great contribution to quality care in New York and beyond, our hospital’s leadership for nominating me, and the members of our healthcare team – physicians, nurses and ancillary staff – for making this possible.”

Dr. Nfonoyim was honored during the UHF’s sixth annual Tribute to Excellence in Health Care, held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. More than 500 members of the New York City area’s health care community attended. The honorees include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and a broad range of other health care leaders, each selected by a senior executive at their institution. The honorees represented nearly 70 hospital systems, long-term care facilities, home care organizations, independent practice associations, federally qualified health centers, medical groups, and behavioral health organizations. 

“Today’s celebration of health care excellence is part of UHF’s broader work to build an effective and equitable health care system,” UHF President and CEO Oxiris Barbot, MD, told the audience. “We have some of the best health care institutions in the world, many represented in this room, and we all recognize that delivering high quality care for all requires perseverance in the relentless pursuit of excellence.” 

In addition to providing direct care to critical patients throughout RUMC, Dr. Nfonoyim was an instrumental part of the design team for RUMC’s new Medical Intensive Care Unit, which opened in 2022. In December of 2020, Dr. Nfonoyim was also the first healthcare worker at RUMC to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during the first wave of vaccinations that was only available at that time to frontline healthcare workers.

“Dr. Nfonoyim has been a fixture at our hospital for many years,” RUMC President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel J. Messina, PhD, FACHE, said. “He is an admired and well-respected teacher who has helped guide generations of young medical minds down the path to a successful career in the healthcare profession. He has also earned tremendous respect and praise from his colleagues and from the many patients he has cared for at RUMC. Everyone on Staten Island and our entire hospital is truly blessed to have Jay here providing compassionate, exceptional care each and every day.”

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