Delivering Excellence in Health Care

St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center®, part of the Catholic Health system, is a community hospital located in Roslyn, NY. Founded in 1922 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, the hospital is New York State’s only specialty designated cardiac center—offering one of the leading cardiac care programs in the nation and recognized as an innovator in the delivery of specialized cardiovascular services in an environment where excellence and compassion are emphasized.

We are also nationally recognized in areas of care including orthopedics, neurology, gastroenterology, cancer, and pulmonary.

Our programs and services are overseen by a dedicated and compassionate team of award-winning physicians, nurses and supporting medical professionals who put the health needs and safety of our patients first. For the 22nd time, we have been recognized with an 'A'—the top grade for patient safety—from the Leapfrog Group. We are also the first hospital on Long Island to receive a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for consistently high patient satisfaction scores.

About St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center®

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St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® Leadership Team

  • Charles L. Lucore, M.D., MBA, President
  • Ann Cella, R.N., Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
  • Sam-Young Chwe, Senior Vice President, COO & CFO
  • Debbie Dimanche-Kearse, Assistant Vice President, Ambulatory Services
  • Peggy Maher,Chief Development Officer, Catholic Health/VP of Development, St. Francis Hospital Foundation
  • Ronald J. Gulotta, M.D., Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer
  • George Huryn, Vice President, Facilities
  • Jackson Khanna, Vice President, Finance
  • Tina Schrier, Vice President, Human Resources
  • Laurie Nolan-Kelley, DNP, Vice President, Performance Improvement and Quality
  • Herbert J. McCooey, Jr., Chair
  • Dwight I. “Arne” Arnesen
  • Sr. Pat Barrett, F.M.M. *
  • Jan A. Burman
  • John Burns, Sr.
  • Dominic A. Camera, Jr.
  • Robert B. Catell
  • Paul L. Cuneo
  • Tanja Dixon
  • Thomas J. Fanning, Sr., Vice Chair
  • Jeffrey D. Forchelli, Esq.
  • Peter Forman
  • Robert F. Gartland
  • Ronald J. Gulotta, M.D. *
  • Charles L. Lucore, M.D., MBA , President*
  • Steven M. Marentis
  • Alexander Matina
  • Robert P. Moran
  • Brian M. Poissant, Esq.
  • Eugene W. Segall, M.D.
  • Elizabeth K. Venuti, Ph.D.
  • Richard L. Winslow, Ph.D.

* Ex officio  ** President of the Medical Staff of St. Francis Hospital

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 among the top 10 hospitals in the region by U.S. News & World Report, ranking #6 in New York State and #6 in the New York Metropolitan Area. (2023-2024) 
  • Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in Heart & Vascular for the 16th year. (2023-2024).
  • Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in seven other adult specialties: Diabetes & Endocrinology; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Pulmonology & Lung Surgery; Orthopedics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; and Urology. (2023-2024)
  • Rated by U.S. News & World Report as High Performing in cancer (adult specialty) and in 16 common adult procedures and conditions: Aortic Valve Surgery; Heart Bypass Surgery; Heart Failure; Colon Cancer Surgery; COPD; Diabetes; Heart Attack; Hip Replacement; Hip Fracture; Kidney Failure; Knee Replacement; Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma; Pneumonia; Prostate Cancer Surgery; Stroke; and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. (2023-2024)
  • Named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for achievements in patient safety and quality. (2023)
  • Earned 23rd “A” Grade for Safety by the Leapfrog Group in Washington (spring 2024), the most of any hospital in New York State since Leapfrog started safety scoring. 
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC) accreditation as a chest pain center with resuscitation—one of only two hospitals on Long Island with this accreditation. (2023)
  • Received The American College of Cardiology (ACC) HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence designation in both 2023 and 2024.
  • Recognized with three stars for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). (2023)
  • Received a 5-Star rating for patient satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the fourth year in a row. (July 2023)
  • Holds the Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. (2022)
  • Recognized with three stars from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS): aortic valve replacement (AVR); coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG); mitral valve repair and replacement (MVRR); MVRR & CABG; and AVR & CABG. (2022)
  • Earned Magnet designation for nursing excellence four times in a row, the only hospital in Nassau County to hold that honor so consistently. (2020)
  • Recognized by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for having one of the top nurse-patient communication scores in New York State. (2022)

Updated March 2024

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Our History of Caring and Compassion

In 1922, two Sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary were traveling door-to-door selling embroidered cloths. Their goal was to support their Order's missionary work. One day, they happened upon a benefactor they would never forget. Carlos Munson, of Manhasset, NY, was a Quaker and owner of the Munson Steamship Lines. He offered the Sisters an opportunity to further their good works and let them achieve more for the community than they could ever hope to earn in handicrafts. Munson began by presenting the Sisters with a sizable donation, in the form of a home and 15 acres of land. The house and land soon became known as "Elderfields" and was used as a summer camp for inner-city children.

Fast-forward to 1936. Fifteen summers had passed at Elderfields. The orchards and meadows of the Munson property continued their role as a refuge for countless children throughout those years. At the same time, city hospitals were struggling to care for increasing numbers of children with rheumatic fever. At the request of a hospital in Brooklyn, the sisters agreed to accept twelve children for care. Soon, Munson's very own horse and carriage stable were gone—turned into a small sanatorium for the afflicted children.

For the Sisters, each day at Elderfields brought new challenges. With very little money and few alternatives for treatment, the Sisters managed to care for the sickly children, working with Dr. Leo Taran of Brooklyn, NY. Taran treated the children and made sure they received plenty of bed rest, too. As word spread about the sanatorium, the number of children desiring care grew as well. As a result, the Sisters were forced to turn away some children because of limited resources. That is, until grants from a protestant welfare agency, the Martha Hall Foundation, came to the rescue. The grants gave the Sisters new power to help children and enabled them to expand Elderfields into what would become the St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium for Cardiac Children.

In 1954, St. Francis Hospital opened its doors to adult patients as well. Marking the occasion in February of 1954, the Hospital's name was changed to St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium. As a result, the St. Francis Hospital staff gained the distinction of treating many types of cardiovascular disease as well as patients of all ages.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the hospital added a full range of general medical services to complement its cardiac program. In 1979, St. Francis Hospital became the state's only specialty designated Heart Center. In the 1980s, with the recruitment of leading cardiovascular specialists, St. Francis Hospital became New York State's leading heart center, performing the highest caseload of open-heart surgeries and cardiac catheterizations.

Today, St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® is a nationally recognized leader in cardiovascular care and surgery and has remained on the leading edge of health care technology and innovation.

Community Health

St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® 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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