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After 40+ Years of Service to the Healthcare Industry, John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital, Announces Plans for Retirement
May 16, 2019
John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop HospitalJohn F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital

Mineola, NY — John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital, announced today his plan to retire from the 591-bed academic medical center, effective November 30, 2019. Following Collins’ retirement, the hospital’s chief medical officer, Joseph Greco, MD, will assume the role of senior vice president and executive director, and lead the effort on the NYU Winthrop campus.

Collins has been an integral member of the NYU Winthrop leadership team for over two decades. He has served as President and CEO since 2009, earning the respect of the hospital’s Board of Directors, medical staff, and leadership team. Under his leadership, the hospital’s revenue has doubled, to approximately $1.7 billion, and the number of employees has grown from less than 6,000 in 2010 to over 9,500 today.

“John Collins’ in-depth knowledge of NYU Winthrop and strong record of success in managing the Hospital’s financial and operating activities have served the institution well over the past two decades,” said Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at NYU Winthrop. “His devoted service and management have established NYU Winthrop as a regional leader in healthcare, and have helped the hospital achieve several important milestones in its 100-plus year history including a fruitful partnership with NYU Langone Health.”

At NYU Winthrop Hospital, Collins led the charge for the creation of a 95,000 square foot state-of-the-art Research and Academic Center, which opened its doors in early 2015. A physical embodiment of NYU Winthrop’s commitment to research, medical education, and clinical care, the Research and Academic Center is a tangible demonstration of the Hospital’s position as the regional leader in diabetes and obesity care.

Most recently, his vision and strategic leadership were instrumental in helping the hospital enter an affiliation agreement with NYU Langone Health that has brought the two organizations together to expand, enhance, and clinically integrate its healthcare networks on Long Island. This important partnership has also led to the establishment of NYU Long Island School of Medicine–a collaboration with New York University and NYU Langone Health that will bring the first tuition-free medical school to Long Island, focusing on training and producing primary care physicians.

“We thank John Collins for his service and the tremendous contributions he’s made for NYU Winthrop and NYU Long Island School of Medicine,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Health. “Our partnership with John reflects our joint dedication to providing the highest levels of clinical care, supported by the advanced technologies and sophisticated research and teaching programs that will enhance our collective institutions. Together we will continue to elevate the level of healthcare available on Long Island now and in the future.”

Under Collins’ leadership, NYU Winthrop also became the first hospital on Long Island to qualify for a financial incentive for the meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology to achieve its health and efficiency goals, and was recognized in the first-ever edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Metro Area Rankings for 10 high-performing specialties. His keen foresight and healthcare business acumen resulted in a very successful physician integration effort that led to the acquisition of approximately 70 faculty and community practices in 120 locations throughout the metropolitan area, and $295 million in physician service revenue through the establishment of a Practice Administration Alliance.

“As I reflect on my tenure as President and CEO of NYU Winthrop over the past decade, I know that NYU Winthrop Hospital is now well positioned to be the 21st century leader of healthcare on Long Island,” said Collins. “I am excited to move on to the next chapter in my personal life, and am confident in Dr. Greco’s ability to lead NYU Winthrop, with the full support of both the NYU Langone Health and NYU Winthrop leadership teams, into the next important phase of the hospital’s journey with NYU Langone Health.”

Collins joined Winthrop in 1997 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In 2007, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and CFO, and was later appointed Executive Vice President – a role he assumed as he continued as the Hospital’s COO. In 2009, the Board of Directors named him President and CEO. Prior to his tenure at NYU Winthrop Hospital, Collins served as CFO at South Nassau Communities Hospital.

With over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Collins has been active with several healthcare organizations to shape and improve quality healthcare in the New York region. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater New York Hospital Association. Collins earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Queens College and became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1982.