Delivering Excellence in Health Care

Mercy Hospital, part of the Catholic Health system, is a community hospital located in Rockville Centre, NY. Our compassionate doctors, nurses and health care staff are committed to providing excellence in care to meet the health needs of our patients. At Mercy Hospital, we pride ourselves on delivering safe and skilled care that patients and their loved ones can trust.

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Mercy Hospital Leadership Team

  • Joseph Manopella, President
  • Ihab Ibrahim, Chief Operating Officer
  • John Morahan, Vice President, Finance
  • Christopher Ruppert, Vice President for Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
  • Shan Ahmed, DO, Vice President for Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer
  • Denise Baston, Vice President, Human Resources

Catholic Health Executive Leadership

  • Patrick O’Shaughnessy, DO, MBA, MS-POPH, FACEP, CHCQM, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Jason M. Golbin, DO, MBA, MS, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
  • Gary Havican, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Joseph Lamantia, Executive Vice President Chief Transformation Officer
  • Patrick Minicus, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Dennis Verzi, Chief of Staff
  • Joseph Carofano, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Father Kevin Creagh, Senior Vice President for Mission Integration
  • Gara Edelstein, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Peggy Maher, Chief Development Officer
  • Michael Mainiero, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Information Officer
  • Jim O'Brien, Interim General Counsel
  • Anthony Pellicano, Senior Vice President and Chief HR Officer
  • Rated by U.S. News & World Report as High Performing in Diabetes and Hip Fracture. (2022-2023)


The Congregation Of The Infant Jesus & Mercy Hospital

The Congregation of the Infant Jesus had its beginnings in 1835 in Neufchatel, France. It established its Motherhouse in LeMans, France in 1888. In the early 1900's, due to religious persecutions in France and in order to attempt to preserve the community, some members were sent to Belgium and some to England.

In 1905 three French speaking members of the Congregation came to the United States. The three women who arrived in New York on October 21, 1905 were women of courage, faith and adventure. They were also strangers, afraid, unsure and foreign. Alone on the pier that day, waiting to be met after all other passengers had gone, a young boy selling apples, approached and gave each one an apple. It was the first gesture of hospitality and welcome they had received in this new world.

The three made their way to Brooklyn where they stayed with the Little Sisters of the Poor. Their plans to travel west to minister to French children were changed when Bishop Charles E. McDonnell asked them to stay in the Diocese of Brooklyn to nurse the sick poor in their own homes. In 1907, Bishop McDonnell received approval from Pope Pius X to establish the sisters as an American Community, distinct from their origins in the French Congregation. Their “home nursing” ministry eventually evolved into a New York State certified health agency known as the Nursing Sisters Home Visiting Service.

Bishop McDonnell also identified the need for a Catholic hospital in Nassau County. In 1913, Sister Marie Emma, who was one of the three nuns from France, assumed charge of a 13 bed former sanitarium in Hempstead called “Old Mercy.” Replaced by “New Mercy” in 1941, the facility is currently known as Mercy Hospital and part of the Catholic Health system.

Members of the congregation are still engaged in various aspects of health care throughout Brooklyn and Long Island. They are also active in prison ministry, work at the Interfaith Nutrition Network, and teach at the college level. The sisters advocate “for people who cannot speak for themselves.” They continue to follow their motto: “To minister in Christ” and remain “Faithful to Our Mission."

Mercy Hospital is proud of its beginnings and continues the tradition, every October 21, of presenting an apple to all patients and staff as a reminder of the importance of being welcomed and treated with even a small kindness.

Community Health

Mercy Hospital offers free wellness events and free health screenings.

Our Mission 

We, at Catholic Health, humbly join together to bring Christ’s healing mission and the mission of mercy of the Catholic Church expressed in Catholic health care to our communities.


Our Vision 

Catholic Health will be recognized as the premier health system on Long Island.

We commit to excellence in all we do by providing care that is state of the art, compassionate, and patient centered. Every person, every time.

Driven by innovation, rooted in our Catholic faith, and grounded in our humanity, we will transform the way health care is delivered to become the most trusted health partner to all communities we serve.


Role of Spiritual Care at Catholic Health

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

Our I-CARE Values

Integrity: We are who we say we are and act in accordance with the splendor of truth of our Catholic moral teaching and our Catholic values.

Compassion: We have compassion for our patients, see the suffering Christ in them, strive to alleviate suffering and serve the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our patients.

Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Respect: We honor the sanctity of life at every stage of life and the dignity of every person, and incorporate all the principles of Catholic social teaching in our relationships and advocacy.

Excellence: We seek the glory of God in the compassionate service of our patients, and we strive to do the best that can be done, whatever our role.

The Story Behind Our Logo

Our logo communicates the power of faith, hope and healing found both in our Catholic Faith and our work at Catholic Health. The shape of the logo evokes two images. The first is that of a chalice and sacred host, representing the elements of Holy Communion, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the very heart of the Catholic Faith. As a graphic element, the chalice and host also becomes the figure of a human person, arms uplifted in a celebration of the gifts of life, health and healing, especially as these reflect the mission of Catholic Health.

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