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Richmond University Medical Center Names President & Chief Executive Officer Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., FACHE, LNHA

Posted Date: 3/20/2014
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Richmond University Medical Center Board of Trustees announces that Daniel Messina, Ph.D., FACHE, LNHA has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer for the hospital. Messina, a life-long resident of Staten Island, is a seasoned executive with nearly 30 years of healthcare leadership expertise.

He joins Richmond University from 930 Bed CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold, New Jersey, where he served as the System Chief Operating Officer since 2001. His responsibilities included all System Operations for the Medical Center, Assisted Living Facility, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Continuing Care Retirement Community. 

Through alignment with physicians and key stakeholders, Messina was able to develop additional growth strategies such as a new Cancer Center, including a Radiation Center, a Proton Therapy Center (one of only 13 in the US), Radio-Surgery and a new Infusion Center. His growth initiatives in the Department of Surgery included programs in Robotics, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatric and Neurosurgery. Other accomplishments include a new state-of-the-art 26-bed Critical Care Unit, a new 49-bed Emergency Department, and the development of an 180,000 sq. ft. Ambulatory Campus and Wellness Center anchored by a 35,000 sq. ft. Medical Fitness Center.  He also developed the Linda E. Cardinale MS Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive MS Centers in the tri-state area, leading to a fundraising event that has generated over $2 million. 

Messina has been the recipient of several awards including the Seton Hall University “Many Are One” award, the Senior, Early and Distinguished Service Awards by the American College of Healthcare Executives, the New Jersey Woman Against MS, CentraState Auxiliary, and the Staten Island CYO, to name a few.

“We are pleased to welcome Dan to lead Richmond University into this new era of change in healthcare at all levels,” said Kathryn Rooney, Board Chair. “He has been a leader in the New Jersey healthcare arena and a key individual at leading CentraState Healthcare System through growth, change and re-branding leading to 12 years of profitability.”

Messina recognizes the value of community and professional involvement in healthcare. He is a Trustee on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as well as a trustee on the New Jersey Metro Chapter, and the Alumni Board of Trustees at Seton Hall University. He is a Board member of the VNA Health Group of New Jersey and a member of the Policy Development Committee of the New Jersey Hospital Association.  Messina is also a licensed nursing home administrator.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Health Sciences and Leadership at Seton Hall University where he serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Health and Allied Sciences.  Messina obtained his MPA in Healthcare Administration from C.W. Post College, Long Island University and a BS in Health Science/Respiratory Therapy from LIU Brooklyn where he played varsity baseball.   He also received his Associates in Liberal Arts Science from the College of Staten Island.

Messina is active in the American College of Health Care Executives, is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, and recently completed a three-year term as Regent for New Jersey.   

Dr. Pietro Carpenito, Executive Vice President states, “I am pleased that we have recruited someone of Dan’s caliber. I have known him for a number of years and respect his track record of clinical accomplishments in both service development and community prevention.”

Messina has held previous executive positions at both Monmouth Medical Center where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Hackensack University Medical Center where he served as Vice President for Clinical and Support Operations. Although a Staten Islander, he has spent most of his career working at several leading New Jersey healthcare organizations and looks forward to returning to his hometown in April 2014.

“I am delighted to be working on Staten Island and to contribute to the success of an organization with such a fine history of providing exceptional patient care right in my own neighborhood and where I was born,” said Messina. “The growth in medical staff members, development of clinical programs and current construction projects reflect progressive growth at the Medical Center. I look forward to being a part of this success while working with Board Members, Medical Staff and the Executive Team.”

The strong executive management team at Richmond University Medical Center remains in place: Dr. Pietro Carpenito, Executive Vice President; Rosemarie Stazzone, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse Officer; Dr. Edward Arsura, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer; Richard Salhany, Senior Vice President for Medical Operations; Joseph Conte, Senior Vice President for Regulatory, Quality, Risk & Legal Affairs; and Kevin Murphy, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.

Messina is an active marathon runner and hiker having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and, most recently, Mont Blanc in Europe.  He states, “Families are our cornerstones.  Our success rests not so much with our personal drive, but with their support.”