(Rockville Centre, NY) Catholic Health Services (CHS) Board of Directors Chairman Richard J.J. Sullivan, Jr., was recently presented with the 2012 Trustee Leadership and Advocacy Award by Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS), an affiliate of the Healthcare Association of New York State. Sullivan received the honor from HTNYS in recognition of his extraordinary contributions, particularly during his tenure as CHS’s voluntary executive chairman while the search for a new president and chief executive officer was under way.
“Richard’s dedication to CHS is evident in a variety of ways,” said CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Lawrence E. McManus, who joined the health care organization in April. “Through his efforts, CHS is in a stronger position than ever to advance its initiatives.”
Under Sullivan’s stewardship, CHS’s six hospitals, three skilled nursing facilities and other multifaceted agencies strengthened as a cohesive system. At the same time, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Services raised the rating for CHS and indicated a stable outlook. S&P stated that the improved rating reflected its view of CHS’s sustained improvement in operating performance, with solid revenue growth and increasing levels of profitability over five years, which it attributed to management’s improved performance in its efforts to focus on core operations, enhance quality and increase revenue through key service line developments and physician integration.
In addition to these achievements, Sullivan has demonstrated that he embodies and fosters the CHS mission, advocating for greater access to much-needed services. This is exemplified by his successful efforts to expand the award-winning Healthy Sundays outreach program and further extend primary health care to the medically underserved through CHS’s Bishop McHugh Health Centers. He has also continued to enthusiastically promote the CHS Caregivers Fund, which raises funds to assist those caring for individuals and communities most desperately in need.
Catholic Health Services (CHS) is an integrated system encompassing some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. With six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a home health agency, hospice, a community-based agency for persons with special needs and a regional lab, CHS’s high standards have resulted in a nearly 24% market share.