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NEW YORK, NY, May 8, 2009—The United Hospital Fund is presenting Distinguished Trustee Awards to 39 trustees from metropolitan area hospitals at a luncheon today at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  The honorees are being recognized for their leadership, generosity, and extraordinary service to not-for-profit and municipal hospitals in New York City and nearby communities.

For the first time in the 19 years that the United Hospital Fund has bestowed Distinguished Trustee Awards, honorees from outside New York City are also being recognized. The 39 honorees are all trustees from the Fund’s beneficiary not-for-profit hospitals, New York’s municipal hospital system, and hospitals participating in the United Hospital Fund/Greater New York Hospital Association quality improvement collaboratives. The theme of this year’s event is “Saluting exemplary service and recognizing groundbreaking partnerships improving quality and patient safety.”

Among the award recipients are prominent leaders in business, medicine, education, and law, as well as those involved in human services and volunteerism.  (See the list of honorees and the hospitals they serve, below.) TD Bank (through its charitable giving arm, the TD Charitable Foundation) is the generous underwriter of the 2009 Tribute to Hospital Trustees, reflecting its commitment to hospitals and health care in New York, community involvement as a corporate value, and customer focus.  Greg Braca, President of Metro New York for TD Bank, joined United Hospital Fund President James R. Tallon, Jr. and luncheon co-chairmen Patricia S. Levinson and Howard P. Milstein in recognizing the 39 Distinguished Trustees honored at the event. 

The luncheon co-chairmen are themselves both longstanding board members of New York health care institutions. A previous recipient of the Distinguished Trustee Award, Ms. Levinson is both a trustee of The Mount Sinai Hospital and an active and committed member of the Fund’s board since 1994, as well as its vice chairman since 2006.  Mr. Milstein, in addition to being the chair, president, and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank, has served on the board of Weill Cornell Medical College for more than 20 years and joined the Fund’s board in 2005; he also serves as chair of the New York Blood Center and American Skin Association.

The trustees were nominated by their respective institutions, which include community hospitals, academic medical centers, and public hospitals representing all five boroughs of New York City and nearby communities in both New York and New Jersey.

“Metropolitan area hospitals have certainly faced their share of challenges this past year, and, as has happened countless times over the past 150 years, our voluntary leaders have played a key role in addressing those challenges,” said Fund President James R. Tallon, Jr.  “Often, voluntary leaders are in a unique position to bring specialized knowledge and expertise to the table, to be sensitive to community needs, and to focus attention on specific issues and concerns from a different perspective. The leaders we honor today are among the region’s best at guiding their institutions when help has been needed most. That’s why we at the United Hospital Fund feel privileged to have this opportunity to recognize the exemplary efforts of this remarkable group of voluntary leaders.”

The United Hospital Fund is a health services research and philanthropic organization whose mission is to shape positive change in health care for the people of New York.







United Hospital Fund

2009 Distinguished Trustees



John W. Alexander

Staten Island University Hospital

Victor A. Ayala

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center


Peter R. Barra, MD

Flushing Hospital Medical Center


Richard A. Berman

Westchester Medical Center


Edgar M. Cullman

The Mount Sinai Medical Center


Caroline A. Davis

Lenox Hill Hospital


Joan DePrizio

New York Methodist Hospital


Hector Estepan, MD

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center


Lizanne Fontaine

The Brooklyn Hospital Center


Livingston S. Francis

North General Hospital


Lai Wah Fung

New York Downtown Hospital

Jonathan N. Grayer

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Eugene P. Heslin, MD

The Kingston Hospital


Arthur Kalish

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System


David H. Komansky

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Reverend Diane E. Lacey

New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation


William A. LeDoux

Benedictine Hospital


Howard H. Lee

New York Hospital Queens


Royden A. Letsen, Esq.

St. John's Riverside Hospital


Susan Liebowitz

The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary


Gerald Luterman

Lutheran Medical Center


Carol R. Maslow

Continuum Health Partners, Inc.


George W. Miner, MD

Nassau Health Care Corporation


Joseph Muré, Jr., Esq.

Peninsula Hospital Center


Bishop Dr. R.C. Hugh Nelson

The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center


John Nikas

New York Community Hospital

Steven D. Oppenheim

Maimonides Medical Center


Douglas A. Phillips, CPA

NYU Langone Medical Center


Victor M. Richel

Trinitas Regional Medical Center


Vincent L. Riso

St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children


Kathryn Krause Rooney, Esq.

Richmond University Medical Center


Susan W. Rose

Hospital for Special Surgery


Howard Safir

St. Barnabas Hospital


Joseph Semidei

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center


Joseph Simunovich

Hackensack University Medical Center


Gerald C. Tobin, Esq.

Calvary Hospital


The Right Reverend Orris G. Walker, Jr.

Episcopal Health Services Inc. Interfaith Medical Center


Kenneth D. Weiser

Montefiore Medical Center


Vaughn C. Williams

Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers

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