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Who We Are

Leadership

The leadership team at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York strives to continuously improve the health and well-being of the patients, members and families across the communities we serve. Focusing on the organization’s core mission of caring for vulnerable individuals and families, our leadership advocates for healthcare policies that support beneficial home- and community-based services, promotes the development of innovative services, and maintains a tradition of charitable and compassionate care.

Christopher Olivia, MD - Chief Executive Officer


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Christopher T. Olivia, M.D., President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), is an experienced physician and executive. He has managed health insurance companies, hospitals, healthcare facilities, and physician practices in both an academic and community environment. Before coming to VNSNY, Dr. Olivia was the President of Continuum Health Alliance. Continuum Health builds clinically integrated physician and hospital networks with 1200 physicians in 5 states as one of the nation’s first population health companies. Immediately preceding that role, he was the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and New Venture Development at Highmark where he completed the West Penn Allegheny Health System merger. That merger was the largest payer-provider combination to date, and created the country’s second largest integrated payer-provider system with $17 billion in revenue.

Dr. Olivia initiated the merger with Highmark as President and Chief Executive Officer of West Penn Allegheny. West Penn was a hospital-based, academic health system with two tertiary teaching facilities, six hospitals and $1.8 billion in revenue with 13,000 employees. There he led a multi-year turnaround of the health delivery system by consolidating 6 hospitals and 700 physicians into a system of care, ultimately generating $100MM of cash flow in the final year. During his tenure, the flagship hospital was named a Top 50 Hospital by US News and World Report and the health system was named to the top 57 in the country by Thomson Reuters. Prior to this, he led the turnaround and growth of the Cooper Health System in Camden, NJ as CEO. Under his leadership, Cooper more than doubled its revenue to become the largest hospital in South Jersey, built a new tertiary hospital and conceived and initiated the new Cooper Rowan School of Medicine.

Dr. Olivia has held numerous industry leadership roles as a board member of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals, the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Hospital Associations and as Chair of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. During his tenure on the latter, New Jersey established the safety net hospital designation and increased charity care funding by 40%, implemented a state-wide Family Care Bill to cover all children and created a new Graduate Medical Education fund that has grown to provide training programs with $100MM of annual funding. Finally, Dr. Olivia has extensive experience with venture backed healthcare start-ups with a focus on the healthcare service and IT sector. He has been involved as a founder or board member of a dozen entities including most recently eviti, Inc., a cancer care management company that formed the foundation for publicly traded Nanthealth (NH), and the radiology services company Foundation Radiology.

Hany Abdelaal, DO - President, VNSNY CHOICE


hany_abdelaalDr. Hany Abdelaal, president of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, has devoted his professional training and medical career to improving the quality and coordination of health care for older Americans. A firm believer in a strong, person-centric primary care system that embodies a holistic approach and is built upon a strong “medical home” foundation, Dr. Abdelaal and his colleagues work to develop and implement innovative managed care solutions designed to ensure that those who are most vulnerable among us do not fall through the cracks in our ever-evolving healthcare system. VNSNY CHOICE is an affiliate of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, our nation’s largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization. Dr. Abdelaal is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

Marki Flannery - Executive Vice President and Chief of Provider Operations


marki_flanneryAs Executive Vice President and Chief of Provider Operations for the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Marki Flannery oversees all provider service operations, including VNSNY Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Community Mental Health Services and Partners in Care, a licensed home care agency providing private care services for individuals who need assistance within their own homes. Ms. Flannery has been with VNSNY for more than 30 years, where for nearly two decades she served as the President of Partners in Care as it grew to become the largest employer of certified Home Health Aides in New York State. A frequent presenter at statewide and national conferences, Ms. Flannery has served in a leadership capacity for various industry organizations and has also published articles in industry journals, such as Caring Magazine, Home Healthcare Nurse and National Association for Healthcare Quality. She is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and serves on the board of directors at the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA).

Samuel Heller - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


samuel_heller_2As the Executive Vice President and CFO for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Sam Heller is responsible for financial operations, materials management, investments and real estate. He provides overall direction and guidance for general accounting, financial operations, accounts receivable management, contract negotiations, third-party reimbursement, cash management, mergers & acquisitions, portfolio management and budget. Mr. Heller also works closely with the Board and CEO on all strategic issues. Prior to joining VNSNY in 1992, he was the Deputy VP of Finance for New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation. Mr. Heller has an MBA from Baruch College, serves on the board of a non-profit long-term care facility, teaches an MBA-level Health Care Finance course, and has spoken at conferences on finance, investment and health care issues.

Kerry Parker - Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer


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As Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer of Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Kerry Parker is responsible for directing and overseeing the Legal Affairs, Risk Management, Human Resources, Board Governance, Government Affairs, and Internal Audit functions for VNSNY and its subsidiaries and affiliates. He also oversees VNSNY’s Provider and Corporate Compliance and Privacy functions led by the V.P. of Compliance. He joined VNSNY in July, 2012.

Prior to joining VNSNY, Mr. Parker practiced health care law, labor and employment law and litigation as a partner with the law firms of Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C. and Gibbons, P.C. He has served in various leadership roles in other non-profit organizations, including as a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Springpoint Senior Living, Inc., the leading New Jersey provider of senior living and care. Mr. Parker received his Juris Doctor with honors from Seton Hall University Law School and served a judicial clerkship in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Board of Directors of Visiting Nurse Service of New York

John P. Rafferty – Chairman of the Board

john_raffertyJohn P. Rafferty has served as one of our directors since 2006 and as the Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee since January 2014. Previously, Mr. Rafferty served as an audit partner at Ernst & Young, LLP from 1974 to 2006, working primarily with U.S. and international financial institutions, both public and private. Mr. Rafferty has also held leadership positions with several philanthropic organizations including president, board member, chairman of the Charities committee and ad hoc member of the Audits and Records Committee for Blue Hill Troupe, Ltd., treasurer of American Friends of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia, trustee of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, as well as treasurer and Board member of several organizations in the Beaverkill Valley. Mr. Rafferty graduated with a BA in economics from Princeton University and an MS in accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Board Members

  • Margaret A. Bancroft
  • Douglas D. Broadwater
  • Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick
  • Robert C. Daum
  • E. Mary Davidson
  • Jose M. de Lasa
  • Eugenie Doyle, MD
  • Edith M. Dupuy
  • Sarah L. Eames
  • Anne B. Ehrenkranz, PhD
  • Peter H. Gleason
  • Betsy F. Gotbaum
  • John R. Gunn
  • Mary R. (Nina) Henderson
  • Peter L. Hutchings
  • Robert M. Kaufman
  • Arthur Lindenauer
  • Kwan Lan (Tom) Mao
  • Joseph D. Mark
  • Phyllis J. Mills, BSN, RN
  • Carl H. Pforzheimer III
  • Corinne H. Rieder, EdD
  • Andrew N. Schiff, MD, Vice Chair, Secretary & Treasurer
  • Albert L. Siu, MD, MSPH
  • Frank S. Vigilante
  • Raymond Falci
  • Christopher Olivia, MD

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