Arthur Gianelli, the president and chief executive officer of the NuHealth System since 2006, has announced his resignation, and intends to step down within the next three to six months. NuHealth, also known as the Nassau Health Care Corporation, incorporates the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility in Uniondale, and other family health centers.
No explanation was given by hospital officials as to why Gianelli resigned, but in a letter he sent to his coworkers on Friday, Gianelli said he would remain in his position for “at least the next three months.”
“I submitted my resignation not with regret, but with optimism about the future of NuHealth and pride in our past successes,” Gianelli wrote, later adding, “I am not sure where I will end up.”
Gianelli detailed a list of accomplishments he has overseen in the NuHealth System, including modernized facilities, upgraded equipment, a new breast health center, a new burn center, numerous national awards and the establishment of the NuHealth Foundation, which he said has raised $3 million towards improving the lives of patients.
He praised the NuHealth staff for its work during Hurricane Sandy, when the hospital’s facilities sheltered and tended to thousands of displaced patients in the wake of the storm.
More recently, he spoke of a bill signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month, which will strengthen the partnership between the NuHealth System and the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. “With the passage of this crucially important … piece of legislation, I believe we have accomplished many of the objectives [we] set forth,” Gianelli wrote. “Therefore, it is time for me to pursue new and challenging career endeavors.”
Craig Rizzo, the chairman of NuHealth’s board of directors, thanked Gianelli for his service. “Gianelli will remain in his capacity as chief executive officer through the transition process,” said Rizzo in a written statement through a NUMC spokeswoman. “The board will be conducting a nationwide search to find the best possible candidate to further build on the success that we have achieved together.”
Gianelli declined to comment.
Gianelli graduated in 1991 from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He has three post-graduate degrees, including a Master of Arts in political science from Brown University, a Master’s in business administration from Dowling College and a Master’s in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He also teaches a graduate class in healthcare economics at Hofstra University.
Gianelli lives in New Hyde Park with his wife, Nassau County District Court Judge Sharon Gianelli and his two children, Cameron and Jessica.