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Richmond University Medical Center Leaders Honored for Service

June 24, 2019 – Two of Richmond University Medical Center’s senior administrators were honored for their service and dedication to families and the health care industry recently. President and chief executive officer, Dr. Daniel J. Messina, was named the American Hospital Association’s 2019 Grassroots Champion while the hospital’s president of the medical staff, Dr. Marianne La Barbera was named the 2019 Family Physician of the Year by the New York State Academy of Family Physicians.

The first female president of the medical staff in Richmond University Medical Center’s history, Dr. La Barbera received numerous nominations for the award from colleagues and patients, including Marilyn Joan Miller who has been a patient of Dr. La Barbera for the past 30 years.

“Dr. La Barbera has always been kind and caring. These two qualities are what you look for in a family physician,” Miller said. “Eleven years ago I moved from Staten Island to Cream Ridge, New Jersey and still travel the 120 miles to remain under her care.”

Last July, Dr. La Barbera was named president of the medical staff at Richmond University Medical Center, becoming the first women to hold the position in the hospital’s over 100 year history. In her role, she serves as the direct link to the hospital’s senior management for the thousands of physicians, nurses, and medical staff members.

Dr. Messina was honored as the 2019 American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion at the annual awards meeting for the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), held in Albany. He was celebrated for his continuing efforts to effect change in health care policy through advocacy before the United States Congress. The award was presented in partnership with HANYS. Dr. Messina was cited for his efforts to advance issues related to medical education, emergency preparedness, and Medicare and Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital funding. Dr. Messina is in his fifth year at the helm of Richmond University Medical Center.

“Richmond University Medical Center is one of many health care facilities in New York State and no matter how large or small each of us are, we share the same concerns,” Dr. Messina said. “Making sure these critical issues remain front and center before the members of Congress not only benefits the industry, but more importantly, the patients and families we serve every day. At the end of the day, they are the ones who matter the most.”