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Episcopal Health Services Appoints Donald T. Morrish, MD, MMM as New Chief Executive Officer

Far Rockaway, New York, January 11, 2024 — Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano, Chairman, Board of Trustees, announced the appointment of Donald T. Morrish, MD, MMM as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Episcopal Health Services Inc. Dr. Morrish has been part of the health system since 2013, first as the Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology and most recently as Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

As CMO, Dr. Morrish led the hospital’s strategic agenda to deliver innovative healthcare. Through his leadership, he has led successful teams that improved quality, patient safety and satisfaction measures for the health system. He has also worked successfully to implement, integrate and onboard a new hospitalist, emergency medicine and anesthesia service.

Dr. Morrish received recognition from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics National Faculty. In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recognized him for his excellence in residency education in obstetrics and gynecology. He is also a distinguished author, who has co-authored numerous publications. Dr. Morrish earned a Master of Medical Management degree from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is a trained Residency Program Director by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology Program Director School and has earned multiple recognitions for his transformative work.

“I would like to thank Jerry for his leadership and vision during his tenure and wish him well in his retirement. Under his leadership, EHS has seen tremendous growth and success. I have full confidence that Dr. Morrish will continue to build and strengthen the system. His knowledge of our health system and the community we serve, along with his leadership experience, creates a uniformed transition,” said Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, Chairman, Board of Trustees. “I look forward to working with him as he moves into this new role and leads the system to achieve the strategic goals we have set forth.”

“Dr. Morrish is an exceptional leader that I have had the privilege to work with for many years and have prepared for this time. He will continue moving the health system forward to grow and provide exceptional care to the community,” says Gerard M. Walsh, CEO.

Dr. Morrish will succeed Gerard M. Walsh who successfully led the health system for the past nine years and will retire March 2024. Mr. Walsh will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees and continue to work with the St. John’s ICARE Foundation to assist with fundraising efforts.

About Episcopal Health Services

Episcopal Health Services Inc., (EHS) is a health system located on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York. The system provides emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved Rockaways and Five Towns populations. The system provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic treatment, and rehabilitative services, regardless of their ability to pay.