Laura Curran a longtime Baldwin resident and former Nassau County Executive has agreed to serve on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai South Nassau. Those serving on the Mount Sinai South Nassau’s Board of Directors are unpaid volunteers who lend their knowledge and experience to provide oversight and input into hospital’s operations. There currently are twenty board members, all of whom actively raise money to fund hospital projects.
“I am honored to serve on the Mount Sinai South Nassau Board,” said Curran of the new position. “I look forward to working with the entire Mount Sinai South Nassau team to deliver sound financial management, robust community partnership, and the best possible patient experience and outcomes. I am confident the hospital will continue to provide excellent patient care in our ever-evolving medical landscape.”
Anthony Cancellieri, Co-Chair of the hospital’s Board of Directors spoke highly of Curran, saying, “Laura is a proven leader with close ties to our hospital and to the communities we serve…she will be a great asset to the hospital as we continue to work closely with the Mount Sinai Health System to expand services to better serve the residents of the South Shore.”
“Laura has a wide range of experience—from planning and budgeting to emergency management and community health,” said Joseph Fennessy, Co-Chair of the hospital’s board. “She did a tremendous job helping to lead the county’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic [and] we are fortunate to have her join us.”
Curran served as Chief Executive for the Nassau County government from 2018 to 2021, overseeing and managing a 3.3 billion annual budget and the operation of 7,500 employees who provided critical services to more than 1.3 million residents. She led the county’s Department of Health through the Covid-19 pandemic and spearheaded the county’s Covid-19 vaccination program to achieve the highest vaccination rate in New York.
As a member of the Nassau County Legislature, Curran represented the Baldwin community that is located adjacent to the hospital. She worked with her colleagues in the legislature to improve public safety, public works, and veterans’ affairs. During her term, she wrote and sparked the passage of legislation to support service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and provided relief to homeowners rebuilding after hurricane Sandy.
She also founded the Baldwin Community Garden. Prior to running for elected office, Curran served on the Baldwin School Board and worked as a journalist for publications such as the New York Daily News, New York Post, and the Herald Community newspapers.