NEW YORK—August 7, 2006
Hospital for Special Surgery is pleased to announce the appointment of Louis A. Shapiro as its new president and chief executive officer. Mr. Shapiro will leave his post as executive vice president and clinical enterprise chief operating officer of Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., this fall.
While at Geisinger, Mr. Shapiro provided senior leadership guidance to the Division of Clinical Effectiveness which focused on quality control for the entire health system. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Arts and Sciences, Shapiro also earned a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and is a Diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Shapiro will replace John R. Reynolds, who had announced last year that he would be stepping down upon the completion of a search for his successor.
HSS board Co-Chairman Aldo Papone said, “John’s guidance and devotion to Hospital for Special Surgery these last two decades have been simply outstanding. Under his watch, the quality of care, fiscal health and scope of treatment for musculoskeletal disease at the hospital have reached the highest level in its history.”
HSS board Co-Chairman Dean R. O’Hare added, “He is a superb leader and we appreciate his thoughtful approach to succession which is emblematic of his service to HSS.”
During Mr. Reynolds’ 20-year tenure at the hospital, U.S.News and World Report has ranked HSS first in the Northeast in its specialties numerous times, the American Nurse Credentialing Center awarded HSS Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service, and HSS has become the world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS has also increased its investment in research and increased research funding from the National Institutes of Health by more than 300 percent.
Most recently Mr. Reynolds has overseen the knowledge transfer of HSS’s best practices in patient care and treatment protocols for hip and knee replacements to a National Health Service hospital in London, England.
Mr. Reynolds said, “I look forward to working with Mr. Shapiro in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition that will allow him to become fully integrated into his leadership role at HSS.”
About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2007), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In the 2006 edition of HealthGrades' Hospital Quality in America Study, HSS received five-star ratings for clinical excellence in its specialties. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.