Speakers Bureau

Kevin W. Dahill

President and CEO of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC) and the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NorMet). These two organizations comprise the Suburban Health Care Alliance. Kevin Dahill also serves as Executive Vice President of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

Kevin Dahill assumed the leadership post of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council in 2002. Under his direction, the association, which represents Long Island's not-for-profit and public hospitals, has dramatically enhanced its presence among lawmakers, the media, and the public and is truly the collective voice of Long Island's hospitals. Dahill is routinely sought for his expertise on a variety of health care issues such as: hospital economics and finance, health services planning, hospitals and community benefit, workforce issues, corporate compliance, quality and performance improvement issues, and managed care practices.

In July 2010, Dahill became president and CEO of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association located in Newburgh, New York. The conjoining of these two associations allows for more targeted and intense advocacy for the suburban hospitals on Long Island and in the lower Hudson Valley. Dahill now oversees these two metropolitan hospital associations, two of the largest in the state, and with his leadership and hospital policy expertise presents an even stronger, collective voice for all not-for-profit hospitals in these two regions.

He imparts his health care administrative knowledge to numerous organizations and sits on a variety of health care task forces, including Action Long Island, the Long Island Association, and the Hauppauge Industrial Association. In addition, he often serves in an advisory capacity to local, state, and federal elected officials on matters related to health care legislation and policy development.

Currently, he sits on the boards of the New York Organ Donor Network and the Urban League of Long Island.

Prior to his appointment at the NSHC, Dahill served as President and CEO of the New York United Hospital in Port Chester, New York. Previously, he held a variety of administrative positions that spanned 25 years at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, before departing as Senior Vice President and General Manager in 1994.

Dahill holds a bachelor of science degree in health care management from St. Peter's College (Jersey City, NJ) and a master's in business administration from Fordham University (New York, NY). He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Administrators and the American Association of Association Executives. He serves as adjunct professor of management at St. Peter's College and St. Joseph's College on Long Island.

Dahill served as chairman for the National Conference of Metropolitan Hospital Associations (CMHA) in 2006.

Wendy Darwell

VP/Chief Operating Officer

Wendy D. Darwell is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, the membership organization that represents the interests of Long Island’s 23 public and not-for-profit hospitals. In this role, she is responsible for advocating the hospitals’ interests before the state and federal governments, providing membership services to Long Island’s hospitals, and managing the daily operations of the Hospital Council. She oversees New York State Department of Health-sponsored grant programs that assist uninsured consumers in enrolling in health insurance, provide regional coordination of population health activities and organize emergency preparedness efforts.

Prior to joining the Hospital Council in December 2007, Ms. Darwell served for seven years as chief of staff to former U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey, who represented portions of New York’s Hudson Valley, Southern Tier, and Finger Lakes regions. In that capacity, she directed the congressman’s legislative, media, and political operations and supervised the operation of his five offices in New York and Washington, D.C. From 1994 to 2000, she served in several legislative and communications positions on Congressman Hinchey’s staff, specializing in health care, appropriations, and community development policy.

Ms. Darwell is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She also sits on advisory committees for the LIU Post School of Health Professions and Nursing, the Stony Brook University Master of Health Administration Program, and the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. She is an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY. In 2011, she was appointed to Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team workgroup on Program Streamlining and State/Local Responsibilities, which focused on reforming the state’s Medicaid enrollment and eligibility processes and bringing the system into compliance with federal regulations.

Ms. Darwell earned a Master of Business Administration from the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from American University. A native of the Hudson Valley, she and her husband now reside in Miller Place, New York.

Janine Logan

Director of Communications

Janine Logan is director of communications for the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, a post she has held since 2002. Prior to this appointment, she served the Hospital Council as editor of is publication – Hospital and Health News – the only regional health care trade publication of its kind in the area.

In her role as communications director, Logan coordinates marketing/communications initiatives for the Hospital Council, ensuring that the appropriate messages about hospitals and health care policy are delivered and understood by such targeted audiences as: the media, lawmakers, business and industry, government agencies, allied health associations, and the public.

She previously served as assistant director of public relations for South Oaks Hospital, a comprehensive behavioral health care facility, and its sister agency, Broadlawn Manor. Both are located on Long Island.

From 1982 to 1988, she served as the public relations coordinator for the National Catholic Development Conference, headquartered in Hempstead, New York, a membership association for religious fund raising organizations.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in Communication Arts from St. John's University and is nationally accredited by the Public Relations Society of America in the practice of public relations – a distinction for which she must maintain continuing accreditation every three years.

She resides in Babylon, New York with her husband and four children.

Stacy Villagran

Director of Healthy Families Program

Stacy Villagran is the program director for the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council's Facilitated Enrollment Program. This is a New York State Department of Health grant-funded program designed to offer eligible individuals assistance with their Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus insurance program applications. Stacy has successfully secured nearly $1 million in grant funding since she designed the program for the Hospital Council in 1999.

Consistently rated as one of the top performing programs by the state health department, in terms of accuracy and individuals served, Stacy and her team of enrollers are adept at understanding and navigating the nuances of the enrollment and filing processes that occur at the local county departments of social services. She and her staff recently expanded their expertise to include services on behalf of the Community Health Advocates Program, sponsored by the Community Service Society of New York.

She previously served as assistant vice president, Community Initiatives, Success by 6 Program for the United Way of Long Island. This program is designed to help children achieve key academic, nutritional, and social milestones by their sixth birthday. In her role with this program, she regularly interacted with BOCES superintendents to develop and implement a Success by 6 Teacher Survey for teachers in pre-kindergarten through first grade for the purpose of receiving teacher input to facilitate educators as a voice in the community.

Stacy is the recipient of an Award of Excellence presented by the Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research at SUNY Stony Brook for the significant contributions she has made to the Suffolk County Minority Health Coalition and the Proud to Serve Award, presented by the Healthcare Association of New York State for her work with the uninsured population of Long Island. She just recently was named one of the "40 Under 40" honorees for 2012 by the Long Island Business News. She holds a master of arts in social policy from SUNY Empire State College and a bachelor of arts in psychology from SUNY Stony Brook.

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