UJA-Fed toasts S. Nassau doc for community service


In recognition of her dedication and service to improving the health of the communities, the UJA-Federation of New York’s division of South Shore Healthcare Professionals honored Linda Efferen, MD, chief medical officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital, at its annual dinner reception held at Temple Beth El of Cedarhurst.

As chief medical officer, Dr. Efferen, a resident of South Huntington, is responsible for facilitating medical staff interactions with hospital administration and the governing board and for assuring the effective and efficient delivery of quality medical care consistent with the hospital’s mission. She also assists with strategic planning and execution, as well as the implementation of disease management programs, and monitors the effectiveness of management practices and productivity indicators.

Named to Becker’s lists of “130 Women Hospital and Healthcare Leaders to Know” and “100 Chief Medical Officers to Know,” Dr. Efferen is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine, critical care medicine, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine. She’s been listed in the Guide to America’s Top Physicians, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors: New York Metro Area Guide (for seven years), and Best Doctors’ Best Doctors in America. She has received a host of awards, including a spot in the 2010 class of LI Business News’ Top 50 LI Business Women.

Clinical professor of medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Dr. Efferen is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the New York Academy of Science, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Critical Care Physicians, American College of Medical Quality, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest, with 435 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, it is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services.

South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx and Gamma Knife radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the state Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by American College of Surgeons. It is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program. It’s been awarded the Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care; and disease-specific care for hip and joint replacement, wound care and end-stage renal disease.