Recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nassau Health Care Corporation (NHCC) on Long Island, New York, St. George’s University alumnus Victor Politi MD SGU ’90 is directly responsible for managing a 430-bed hospital, a 530-bed nursing home, six qualified health care centers and several community ambulatory care centers. NHCC, also referred to as NuHealth, caters to the most vulnerable patients, and Dr. Politi will draw upon his experience in New York City as well as Grenada to lead the way.
“I’m very excited to be involved with a hospital that serves a great public benefit to the people,” said Dr. Politi, currently an attending physician at Nassau University Medical Center. “I am looking forward to growing various departments and providing the best patient care in Nassau County.”
Dr. Politi’s medical credentials include serving as the Director of Emergency Medicine and President of the medical staff at St. John’s Queens Hospital, and as Medical Director/Executive Vice President at Cornerstone Arts Center Hospital in Fresh Meadows. He also has a vast background in law enforcement. The former acting police commissioner in Nassau County on Long Island, Dr. Politi has also served as a Lieutenant in the NYPD Tactical Emergency Service Unit, as a Nassau County Police Surgeon, and as Deputy Nassau County Executive of Public Safety with responsibility for the Nassau County Department of Health and the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Dr. Politi, described the shift from law enforcement to management as parallel, stating, “It was not a huge transition as there are many similarities between police officers and physicians. As a police officer and a doctor, we work many hours, late hours, and work on weekends and holidays spending a lot of time away from our families. What’s even more striking is that we help people we don’t know when they’re at their worst. Whether as a police officer at the scene of a crime or a doctor in the emergency room, we’re there for people.”
NHCC, also referred to as NuHealth, manages the operations of several NuHealth Centers, including Nassau University Medical Center, A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility, and a network of Family Health Centers. Dr. Politi remarked that his first major undertaking is to foster cooperation and collaboration between the different arms of the organization in an effort to improve the overall delivery of health care. He hopes to reverse NHCC’s financial struggles and turn it into a profitable institution.
“I am endeavoring to work closely with several local regulatory agencies to manage the various organizations,” said Dr. Politi. “I plan to revisit the rates and identify ways to improve services so that the patient base increases, and with certain changes to health care – to expand our out patient ambulatory medicine programs.”
Victor Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP earned his Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s University in 1990, completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, and a second residency in occupational and environmental medicine at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The New Yorker credits his multifaceted background to the unique educational experience received at St. George’s University.
“I owe everything to St. George’s University, which gave me the opportunity to be a physician and believed in me when no one else did,” he said. “I received one of the finest medical educations from St. George’s University and it has carried me through all academic and professional pursuits.”