New Huntington Hospital Head Hired

 Gerard Brogan will take the helm of Huntington Hospital starting next Tuesday, officials have confirmed.

Gerard Brogan will take the helm of Huntington Hospital starting next Tuesday, officials have confirmed.

A longtime Huntington resident has been tapped to lead Huntington Hospital.

Gerard X. Brogan, Jr., a 20-year Huntington resident, will take the helm on Jan. 20, a spokesman for North Shore-LIJ Health System, which owns Huntington Hospital, confirmed Wednesday. Brogan Jr., who currently serves as the medical director of Forest Hills Hospital, will succeed past president and CEO Kevin Lawlor, who retired at the end of 2014, in the hospital’s top post, but with a different title: executive director.

“While several talented candidates from both inside and outside the organization were interviewed for the position over the past several months, Dr. Brogan distinguished himself as a professional with a thorough understanding of Huntington Hospital, the successes it enjoys and the challenges it faces in today’s complex healthcare environment,” said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer. “As a physician leader, he is focused on delivering the highest quality, patient-centered care to the community and brings a unique set of skills to the business of medicine.”

Brogan joined the North Shore-LIJ Health System in 1998 as director of emergency services at Plainview Hospital, and subsequently served as vice president of emergency services for Forest Hills, Franklin, Plainview, Syosset and Southside hospitals, Huntington Hospital officials said in a release.

It has been an honor to be part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System for the last 17 years,” Brogan said. “I look forward to working with the great staff at Huntington Hospital as we continue to provide our community with the highest quality healthcare available anywhere.”

In his new role, Brogan will report to Mark Solazzo, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the health system, and the Huntington Hospital Board of Trustees.

Brogan previously served as medical director of Forest Hills Hospital, where he focused on improving clinical quality, hospital operational efficiency and financial performance, and worked with hospital staff and more than 500 full-time and community-based physicians.

He also serves as professor of emergency medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, has published extensively in the area of Acute Cardiac Emergencies, and serves as the medical director of revenue operations for North Shore-LIJ.

Brogan earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed his residency, serving as chief resident, in emergency medicine at LIJ Medical Center.