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Senior Management Staff
Daniel Blum, President and CEO
Daniel Blum has served as President and CEO of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center since December 2014. Prior to joining Phelps as Senior Vice President in 2009, Mr. Blum served as Senior Vice President of White Plains Hospital Center, Vice President of Operations of Stellaris Health Network, and Operations Manager at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. Mr. Blum began his healthcare career as a paramedic and paramedic instructor in New York City and worked at several New York City hospitals in a clinical and administrative capacity.
Mr. Blum holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in healthcare administration, both from New York University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Medical Group Management Association. Mr. Blum is also Chairman of the NYS Department of Health Emergency Medical Advisory Council. Mr. Blum serves as collaborating administrative executive on Phelps’ Graduate Medical Education Committee and Chairman of the hospital’s affiliated child care center.
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Lawrence L. Faltz, MD, Senior VP for Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer
Lawrence L. Faltz, MD, MACP, is Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, where he oversees patient care activities, quality programs, medical staff credentialing, Joint Commission accreditation and other clinical and operational programs. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Faltz graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, received his BA from Columbia University and his MD from the NYU School of Medicine in 1972, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He did his residency and fellowship training at the University of North Carolina, NYU and the National Institutes of Health, where he also spent 3 years as a Research Investigator studying cartilage biochemistry. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Prior to coming to Phelps in 1994 he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency program director and Director of Rheumatology at New York Hospital Queens. He served as a Governor of the American College of Physicians from 1998-2004. He was President of the New York State Society of Internal Medicine from 1999-2000 and the New York ACP chapter from 2002-2003. In 2004 he was elected to fellowship in the New York Academy of Medicine and in 2008 was awarded Mastership in the ACP. In 2009 he completed a 6-year term as the ACP representative to the Joint Commission Hospital Professional Technical Advisory Committee. He is a member of the ACP Services PAC Board of Directors. Dr. Faltz also chairs the Board of Directors of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Patient Safety Institute.
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Mary McDermott, Senior VP Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
Mary McDermott, MSN, RN, APRN, NE-BC, is Senior VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, where she oversees all inpatient and outpatient care services that employ nursing staff. She is accountable for more than 500 employees and has administrative oversight for the hospital’s operational and service excellence mandates.
Prior to coming to Phelps, Mary was Assistant VP of Nursing at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for six years, where she developed and implemented strategic plans for nursing, including building, equipment, technology, performance improvement and patient care programs. From 2003 -2007, she was Administrative Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing, Professional Practice Programs, also at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Adelphi University, a Master of Science in nursing from College of Mount Saint Vincent, a post-Master’s Certificate in nursing administration from Villanova University, and a Wharton Nursing Leaders Program certificate from the Wharton School.
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Vincent DeSantis, VP Finance and CFO
Vincent DeSantis is Vice President of Finance & CFO for Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, where he is responsible for accounting operations and financial reporting for the hospital, four separate companies and two operating units. He also manages Phelps’ financial models in support of its strategic plan and decision support tools used to help direct operations. Mr. DeSantis oversees all matters pertaining to outside auditors and external financial reporting and disclosure as well as patient satisfaction measurement reporting.
When he joined Phelps in 2001, Mr. DeSantis brought more than 25 years of experience in accounting and auditing and senior level experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to coming to Phelps, he served as the Associate Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer of Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York City, an academic teaching hospital and part of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, the largest healthcare delivery network on Long Island. Mr. DeSantis began his career with the international accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where he served as Senior Manager of audit services in the firm’s health and governmental entities sector. He has been an associate adjunct professor at Iona College, New Rochelle, New York in the Graduate School of Arts and Science – Health Care Service Program.
A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. DeSantis also holds a Master’s Degree in financial management and a Bachelor of business administration in accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (Advanced Member).
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Richard Becker, VP & Phelps Medical Associates Medical Director
His duties include working with members of the medical staff on collaborative initiatives and being a champion for quality through evidence-based medicine, best practices and optimizing the use of electronic health records.
Dr. Becker also oversees operations of the hospital’s growing multi-specialty medical group, Phelps Medical Associates. In this capacity, he is responsible for clinical quality and patient satisfaction, as well as recruitment of new physicians.
A board-certified cardiologist who formerly practiced in Cortlandt Manor, Dr. Becker earned his medical degree at New York Medical College and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center.
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Leonard B. Fogel, VP Business Development
Leonard B. Fogel is Vice President for Business Development at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. His primary responsibility is the analysis and development of revenue-generating clinical services. He is also responsible for non-hospital based physician recruiting, pharmacy services, marketing, and overseeing the Phelps Professional Building Co., L.P. (777 medical office building).
Before Phelps joined the Stellaris Health Network, Mr. Fogel negotiated contracts for the hospital with commercial payers for hospital services, and he assisted with payer negotiations for the four-hospital Stellaris Network for several years after Phelps joined Stellaris.
Mr. Fogel previously served as the COO of the Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry when that facility was managed by Phelps.
Prior to joining Phelps, Mr. Fogel had operating responsibility for a broad variety of clinical and ancillary services at the Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and the Long Island College Hospital.
Mr. Fogel earned an MBA from Columbia University and completed a residency in healthcare administration at the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center. He is a diplomat of the American College of HealthCare Executives and a past member of the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Health Administrators Association.
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Robert Lane, VP Development & External Relations
Robert Lane is Vice President for Development and External Relations at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. As the hospital’s chief fundraising strategist, he leads and manages comprehensive development programs, including capital campaigns and associations with top philanthropic prospects. He also oversees the Marketing and Communications Department.
Mr. Lane has over 20 years of experience in fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and management. Before coming to Phelps he was president of Saint Francis Health Care Foundation in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he completed a $15 million capital campaign. Prior to that Mr. Lane served as Executive Vice President for External Relations at EcoHealth Alliance, an international organization focused on the field of conservation medicine, based in New York City. He worked for 16 years at the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, ultimately as Vice President for Development, where he successfully completed a $40 million capital campaign.
Mr. Lane has been Chairman of the Board of the Astor Home for Children Foundation and served on several boards including Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.
A graduate of Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY, Mr. Lane earned his Bachelor of Science Degree (with honors) in Business Administration.
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Jake Maijala, VP Human Resources & Medical Group Operations
Jake Maijala, FACHE, SPHR, MBA, MPsy is VP of Human Resources and Medical Group Operations at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. He joined the hospital as Vice President of Human Resources in 2014 with more than 20 years of human resources leadership experience and proven success in healthcare, hospitality and financial services industries. In 2015, he assumed operations oversight for Phelps Medical Associates, the hospital’s primary and specialty care medical group.
Before joining Phelps, he served as Vice President of Human Resources at Cortland Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cortland, NY, with responsibility for human resources, education, employee health, volunteers, environmental services, food and nutrition services, safety and security.
Prior to his role at CRMC, Mr. Maijala served as the Director of Human Resources, Compensation, Benefits & HRIS (Human Resource Information System) at Bassett Healthcare Network, a healthcare system based in Cooperstown, NY, and the Vice President of Human Resources for Sprint Cruises Inc., a subsidiary of Sodexo Inc., based in Norfolk, Va.
Mr. Maijala holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Jyvaskyla in his native Finland and an MBA from SUNY-Empire State College. His professional achievements include a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and a Fellow (FACHE) designation from the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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William Reifer, VP Quality
William Reifer, LCSW, is Vice President of Quality. His primary responsibility is to ensure optimal patient care and safety.
Mr. Reifer joined Phelps in 1993 as Director of Social Work and subsequently held positions of progressive responsibility, including Director of Social Work and Discharge Planning, Director of Case Management, and Administrative Director of Geriatrics. In 2005, he became Assistant VP of Quality and Case Management.
Mr. Reifer served as chair of the Stellaris Health Network committee focused on pay-for-performance quality monitoring. The network earned a quality award from the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NorMet) for their joint efforts in 2011.
Mr. Reifer began his professional career at Montefiore Medical Center, where he worked as a clinical social worker and developed an interest in the effect of illness and disability on families. His took this family perspective to a small school for disabled pre-school children, where he worked as a family support services supervisor.
In the early 1990s, Mr. Reifer moved to Sound Shore Medical Center, where he was Assistant Director of Social Work.
Mr. Reifer received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Lehman College of the City University of New York and his master’s degree in social work from Hunter College School of Social Work.
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Glen Taylor, VP Support Services
Glen Taylor, MS, RPh, is Vice President of Support Services at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, where he oversees the departments of facility services, environmental services, food & nutrition services, information technology, pharmacy services and telecommunications.
Mr. Taylor has more than 20 years of leadership experience in hospital and health system settings. From 2003-2015, he was the Administrative Director of the Pharmacy Department at Greenwich Hospital, where he also served on safety and operations improvement committees involved with cost containment, nursing leadership, service excellence and safety resources. Prior to that position, he was Pharmacy Director at Lawrence Hospital Center and Assistant Director of Pharmacy Services at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Mr. Taylor, a licensed registered pharmacist in New York and Connecticut, has a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from St. John’s University and a master of science degree in organizational leadership from Quinnipiac University. He is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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Eileen Egan, RN, Esq, Assistant VP HIPAA, Risk, Compliance & Governance
Eileen Egan, RN, Esq., is Assistant Vice President for HIPAA, Risk, Compliance and Governance. As the hospital’s Compliance Officer, she is responsible for adherence to state and federal regulations as they relate to the delivery of healthcare. She is also responsible for implementing the hospital’s risk management program and serves as the Privacy and Security Officer for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). She is certified in healthcare compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association.
Ms. Egan has an extensive background in nursing and worked as a nurse at Phelps for 23 years after receiving a BS degree with a major in nursing from the College of New Rochelle. While at Phelps she pursued a law degree, receiving a JD from Pace University in 2004, and went to work as a malpractice defense attorney for two years at a Dutchess County law firm. Combining her two professional backgrounds, Ms. Egan returned to Phelps in 2007, where she held the position of Director of Quality Assurance/Risk Management and Corporate Compliance Officer for eight years.
In addition to being a member of the Health Care Compliance Association, Ms. Egan is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Managers.
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Helen Renck, MSN, RN, CJCP, JCC, Assistant VP Clinical Operations & Patient Safety Officer
As Assistant VP of Clinical Operations and Patient Safety Officer, Ms. Renck has oversight of ancillary clinical departments and the hospital’s patient safety program.
She is a certified Joint Commission Professional. She also holds certification in Just Culture, master training certification in Team STEPPS (educational programs that highlight tools and strategies to enhance communication, teamwork and patterns of behaviors that impact patient safety) and a certificate in patient safety from Harvard University.
Ms. Renck obtained her BSN from the College of New Rochelle and an MSN from Pace University. Prior to joining Phelps, she worked at Hospital for Special Surgery, where she had responsibilities for patient safety, Joint Commission accreditation, quality management and risk management.
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