2008-09-19 / Community

St. John's Hospital Names New Chairman

Pictured is Dr. Eric Nazziola, MD, MBA, FACEP, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Pictured is Dr. Eric Nazziola, MD, MBA, FACEP, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. St. John's Episcopal Hospital has named Eric Nazziola, MD, MBA, FACEP, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Nazziola is a physician with executive credentials as well as executive education, training, experience and accomplishments as a manager and academic clinician.

His appointment is a direct result of a new partnership the hospital has forged in Emergency Medicine with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Nazziola to St. John's because he is very strong in customer service and operations management," said John Gupta, CEO. "His strengths will be a great asset and benefit to our Emergency Department and, together with the initiatives we are implementing with Mount Sinai, we look forward to a stronger, more customeroriented Emergency Department." Dr. Nazziola was previously the Director and Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Pennsylvania. From 2005-2007, he held the position of Assistant Site Director of the Emergency Department at New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center in New York, New York.

Both St. John's and Mount Sinai will work to forge an interdisciplinary

team with the physicians, nurses and other members of the staff so that patients receive personal, empathetic treatment in a supportive and caring environment. Mount Sinai will also assist with physician recruitment; new physicians must also qualify for faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. A residency in emergency medicine is on the planning board.

Sheldon Jackson, MD, Chairman and Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai, is heading the initiative on the Mount Sinai side. "I believe that to have the best hospital possible, an institution must have the best Emergency Department possible."

The goals in the Emergency Department include: improving patient satisfaction, reducing patient waiting time, having staff become active in the community, encouraging research in the Emergency Department, and building interdisciplinary bonds between the staff of the Emergency Department and other hospital departments to work together.

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