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CHS’s Chair of Neurointerventional Services Wins Excellence in Health Care Award from UHF

May 13th, 2019

The United Hospital Fund (UHF) honored Catholic Health Services (CHS) Kimon Bekelis, MD, system chair of neurointerventional services, at its first annual Tribute to Excellence in Health Care event. UHF recognized Bekelis and other health care leaders for their efforts to champion quality of care, patient safety and patient experience.

Hospitals and long-term care institutions were invited to identify one individual at each site who demonstrated vision and accomplishment in improving quality of care. Each of the honorees received the Excellence in Health Care Award at a luncheon held in Manhattan in May.

Bekelis, a neurosurgeon with subspecialty training in minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery, specializes in complex brain/spine operations. In addition to his CHS role, he is also the director of the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island, based at CHS’s Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center—the only Joint Commission designated Comprehensive Stroke Center on the south shore of Long Island. Bekelis is the co-director of the Neurointensive Care Unit at Good Samaritan, an assistant professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the director of the Population Health Research Institute of New York. A talented researcher, he has led several projects focusing on outcome predictive modeling, comparative effectiveness, resource utilization, regional disparities, diffusion of innovation, intensity of care, workforce allocation, medico-legal issues and cost.

“The tribute is both a celebration of personal leadership and an occasion to amplify and elevate the vital work under way to make our health care system more patient-centered, safe and effective,” said UHF president Anthony Shih, MD, MPH.

Some 500 colleagues and health care leaders and supporters attended the awards program and lunch.

For more information about the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island at Good Samaritan, visit or call 1-855-CHS-4500.

Photo: United Hospital Fund President Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, and Catholic Health Services Chair of Neurointerventional Services Kimon Bekelis, MD.
Photo credit: UHF