South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside names honorees for annual golf outing


South Nassau Communities Hospital has named board member and Manhattan-based real estate management and investment executive Anthony Ponte and long-time facility and planning leader Bill Ulrich as co-honorees of its 35th annual golf outing on May 20.

The outing will be held at three venues: the Seawane Club in Hewlett Harbor, the Rockway Hunting Club in Lawrence and the Rockville Links Club in Rockville Centre. All proceeds will benefit the expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department in Oceanside, which currently serves 70,000 patients per year in a space built for 35,000 patient visits.

“With more than 40 years of service at South Nassau, Bill Ulrich has been a stalwart of the hospital campus’s growth and today leads our most aggressive expansion project,” said South Nassau’s President and CEO, Richard J. Murphy. “Anthony is a visionary real estate executive whose insight and acumen has helped our board of directors and Building Committee identify and implement cost-efficient, high-value opportunities to add to the hospital’s strategic growth. We are grateful for their dedication and commitment to the mission and vision of South Nassau.”

Golf outing co-chairs Anthony Cancellieri, vice chairman of South Nassau’s board of directors, and Jeffrey Greenfield, a member of South Nassau’s advisory board and managing member of NGL Group, LLC, have been instrumental in helping to bring new golfers and sponsors to the annual outing to benefit the hospital. They lead a 40-member golf committee that last year saw the event expand to a third golf course.

The outing benefits the South Nassau’s Emergency Department expansion campaign, which will nearly double the size of the existing department in Oceanside. Many leading local business and civic leaders have agreed to serve on the hospital’s golf committee and dozens of local businesses support the outing through sponsorships. Last year’s event raised the most funds in its history, grossing more than $497,000, and netting about $316,500.

Ponte was appointed to South Nassau’s board of directors in October 2017. He also serves on the board’s building committee. Ponte is a partner of Ponte Equities, Inc., a New York-based real-estate management and investment firm with extensive holdings in New York City and across the U.S. Ponte Equities has several properties under management and has been a fixture across New York City, particularly in Tribeca. Ponte has partnered with the Related Companies, building a luxury condo building in Tribeca.

Ponte began his career in his family’s paper recycling business, serving as vice president of the company’s international sales department, as well as directing its Florida operation. He has also been active in Ponte’s Restaurant, an Italian-style eatery that has been a fixture in Tribeca for nearly five decades. Ponte is the past president of the Atlantic Beach Estates Association and of the La Salle Military Academy Alumni Foundation. He and his wife, Wendy, have two children and live in Atlantic Beach.

“Anthony’s experience in real estate investment and development have provided tremendous insight to our board of directors as well as our building committee,” Cancellieri said. “On behalf of his fellow board members, I thank him for his dedication to the Barrier Island and all of the communities served by South Nassau and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

Ulrich started his career at South Nassau in 1977, when he was appointed laboratory manager. After serving in various operations roles, he was named vice president of administration in 1998 and was named vice president of facility planning and development in 2004. Under his leadership, the facilities team embarked on an aggressive expansion and transformation to a medically advanced hospital with a network of more than 30 community-based specialty satellite healthcare centers and physician practices. Among the many expansion projects that the hospital has completed under his direction include:

The four-story north addition in 2006.

Long Island’s only freestanding, 911-receiving Emergency Department, based in Long Beach, which opened in 2005.

The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center in Valley Stream, which opened in 2004.

Under Ulrich’s guidance, South Nassau will begin another chapter soon as the hospital will break-ground on a multifaceted expansion project, which is highlighted by a four-story, 90,000-square-foot “J Wing” addition to the southwest corner of the hospital, a two-story parking structure to alleviate neighborhood parking issues and a new central utility and emergency electrical plant to harden the hospital’s main campus against future storms. There are also plans for a $40 million Medical Arts Pavilion in Long Beach.

“Bill’s knowledge of South Nassau’s physical plant, along with his leadership of the engineering, plant operations and security teams, is unparalleled,” Murphy said, “and his dedication to South Nassau is legendary.”