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New Vice President of Medical Affairs Appointed at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute

November 4, 2004

Marc L. Napp, M.D., has been appointed Vice President of Medical Affairs at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. The appointment, effective November 1, 2004, was announced by Gladys George, President and CEO of Lenox Hill Hospital.

Dr. Napp will lead hospital-wide activities related to clinical quality, patient safety and performance improvement. He will also be responsible for Medical Board affairs, credentialing, accreditation and regulatory standards and compliance, Medical Records, Risk Management, patient care management, and the Health Sciences Library.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Princeton University, Dr. Napp attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and received his medical degree. He subsequently completed a general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Following his residency, Dr. Napp practiced general surgery for nearly ten years at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, where he helped to institute a surgical residency training program. While in private practice, he developed a profound interest in improving the safety and efficiency of health care delivery. To further this interest, he obtained a Masters Degree in Administrative Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then joined Hudson Valley Hospital Center (HVHC) in Cortlandt Manor, New York as Vice President for Medical Affairs. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Napp is a passionate advocate for patient safety, applying his medical, engineering, and management backgrounds to analyze and improve the systems by which health care is delivered in hospitals.

"Our greatest challenge in health care remains the arduous work of dismantling, analyzing and reconstructing our highly complex care delivery processes to build a safer system. These efforts require creativity, teamwork and perseverance. I am excited to work with the Lenox Hill Hospital and MEETI staff to take on this challenge," said Dr. Napp.

He is a member of the Patient Safety Improvement Corps (PSIC), a joint venture between the National Center for Patient Safety and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Napp is a member of the NYPORTS (New York Patient Occurrence Reporting & Tracking System) Statewide Council and serves on several of its subcommittees. He also is Chairman of the Oversight Committee of the New York State Patient Safety Project on Surgical Site Infections, a research project funded by AHRQ.

He resides in Danbury, Connecticut with his wife, Anat, and his three daughters, Arielle, Alexandra and Sydney.

Members of the press seeking information about Lenox Hill Hospital should call the Public Relations Department at (212) 434-2400.