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Catholic Health Names New CEO

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   March 17, 2021

Patrick M. O'Shaughnessy, DO, MPA, FACEP, CHCQM, who previously served as chief clinical officer, will lead the health system effective April 16.

Catholic Health's board of directors recently announced the appointment of Patrick M. O'Shaughnessy, DO, MPA, FACEP, CHCQM, to lead the New York-based health system.

O'Shaughnessy, who joined Catholic Health in 2006 as assistant director of emergency medicine for St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, New York, will serve as president and CEO effective April 16.

He's also served in the organization's C-suite for over a decade as executive vice president and chief medical officer, then most recently as executive vice president and chief clinical officer.

"In addition to embracing our Catholic Health culture, commitment to Catholic moral teaching and mission, and our innovative strategic plans, Dr. O’Shaughnessy will help lead and guide us in providing compassionate, high quality care, while serving the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of patients," Salvatore F. Sodano, chairman of Catholic Health’s Board of Directors, said in a statement. "[He] is an accomplished physician executive with more than 18 years of administrative leadership experience in strategy, innovation, operations, and design in health care. He is well known, trusted and respected by the Long Island medical community, and has established a favorable reputation with clinical leaders nationally and in the tristate area.”

O'Shaughnessy is succeeding Dr. Alan D. Guerci, who had planned to retire in June 2020 but stayed on until the board's national search for a replacement was complete.

"I am humbled, honored and excited to assume the role of president and CEO at Catholic Health, which has been a leader for decades in providing high quality health care to the communities of Long Island," O’Shaughnessy said in a statement. "I am inspired every day by the exceptional team of caregivers at Catholic Health, who truly live our mission, and I am committed to build upon Dr. Guerci’s legacy and position the organization for future growth and success in the years ahead."

O'Shaughnessy's promotion was announced a month after the New York-based health system unveiled its rebranding decision to shorten its name and receive a new logo.

Related: Catholic Health COO Discusses Rebranding Decision

Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.


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