Nassau University Medical Center underwent another change in leadership Thursday amid its continuing search for a permanent leader.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran appointed health executive Robert Detor as the new chairman of NuHealth, the public benefit corporation that operates NUMC. In addition to confirming the appointment, NuHealth’s board of directors also appointed the hospital’s chief medical officer, Anthony Boutin, as interim president and CEO. The move comes upon the resignation of NuHealth board chairman and interim CEO George Tsunis.
“Thanks to George Tsunis’ leadership, we’ve turned the page on the era of corruption and waste at NUMC,” Curran said. “George was the right leader for the right time, and I thank him for his deft navigation of a ship in stormy waters. With Bob Detor at the helm of NUMC, we will have an expert with more than 40 years of experience in the operation and administration of health care services. I look forward to working alongside Bob to build on the progress we’ve made and ensure continued access to quality medical services.”
The 530-bed NUMC, founded in 1935, is the region’s lone public hospital. It serves as a safety net for uninsured patients and neediest populations. Leaders hope a new permanent CEO will give NUMC stability after its gone through four leaders in two years.
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Detor has more than 40 years of experience in the operation and administration of health care services, including serving as CEO of Advanced Health Network, an Independent Practice Association of 35 Behavioral Health Providers, since 2017. He previously served President and CEO of The Long Island Home, a member of the Northwell Health System, which operates South Oaks Hospital, a 193-bed comprehensive behavioral health facility and Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehab Center, a 320-bed skilled nursing facility.
“I thank County Executive Curran for entrusting me in this role, and I look forward to working together to continue the progress that’s been made at NUMC,” Detor said. “As chairman, I will work to chart a course for the hospital that ensures quality patient services and care for our most needy residents.”