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Get to Know the CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health Network

Posted on: April 28, 2015

He was told he’d never go to college. Now he’s CEO of an $8 billion health system.

This interview with Michael Dowling, the President and CEO of North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, was conducted by Eric Larsen, managing partner at Advisory Board Company, and condensed by Amanda Wolfe, senior director.

Question: You’ve been here at North Shore-LIJ since 1995, and the path you took to get here is fascinating. If my research is correct, Michael, you have traversed, I think, a half a dozen different professions, including in the engine of a ship …

Q: Cleaning bars …

Dowling: Right.

Q: School custodian …

Dowling: Right.

Q: Dock  worker …

Dowling: Right.

Q: Steel mill worker …

Dowling: In England.

Q: And then, of course, we’re not even talking about your 12-year stint with the government and with insurance. I’d love for you to reflect a bit on your journey.

Dowling: It has been a fascinating journey — one I would never have fully anticipated. I have been very lucky and quite fortunate. Read the interview on Advisory Board Company


Flu Season is Upon Us

Posted on: January 14, 2015

Flu 9401Flu season is upon us.  Therefore, it is important to understand what you can do to prevent getting the flu.  Simple steps include frequent hand-washing, keeping your hands away from your mouth and face, and getting a flu vaccination.

Annual outbreaks of seasonal flu usually occur during the fall through early spring, and in a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu.

This year the peak of the flu season is expected in February. However, there are effective ways to avoid the flu.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 43 states are reporting widespread flu outbreaks, including New York State. Across the state, including Westchester County and New York City, nearly 4,000 cases of the flu have been confirmed.

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