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Sunday, September 21, 2014
A new leader for Franklin Hospital
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Courtesy North Shore-LIJ
Catherine Hottendorf is the new executive director of Franklin Hospital in North Valley Stream.

She began her nursing career at Meadowbrook Hospital in East Meadow, now the Nassau University Medical Center, and remembers moving into the tower when it first opened in 1970. Her career there spanned 27 years before moving on to Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx to serve as chief operating officer. After working at Harlem Hospital, she briefly retired before coming back to work at Beth Israel as a financial officer.

In 2002, she came to Franklin to head up the nursing division, a position she held for your years before moving on to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore. A few months ago, she was asked to come back to Franklin as its leader when Executive Director Joseph Manopella took a vice president position in the health system.

“This opportunity came up and I was happy to take it,” Hottendorf said. “It’s a new challenge.” Her responsibilities include managing the hospital’s finances, operations, quality, staff performance and patient satisfaction, as well as day-to-day administration.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in community health and a master’s degree in business administration. Hottendorf said she likes the management aspect of health care and enjoys leading a staff. She said wants her employees to enjoy coming to work everyday because a happy staff means happy patients.

Her expectations for her staff members are high, especially in the area of patient and family relations. She also wants to ensure that her employees have the tools and resources they need to do their jobs.

Hottendorf said she doesn’t mind being a little bit competitive, and will use that as motivation to make the hospital great. “I want to make Franklin the best hospital,” she said. “I want to be No. 1.”

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