Unmask a Cure
Montefiore St. Luke's Cornwall
Cusack-McGuirk, a longtime resident of the community, has 40+ years of
experience in the healthcare industry, serving more than 30 years at St. Luke’s
Cornwall Hospital (SLCH). She was
instrumental in finalizing the partnership between SLCH and the Montefiore
Health System (MHS) which was announced early 2016. Since that time, Ms. Cusack-McGuirk has
worked to integrate SLCH into the MHS, which is a robust academic health system
and a national leader in transforming health care to improve access, quality
and experience of care.
Earlier in her
role as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, she was responsible
for the successful integration of two divergent patient care cultures into a
singular care model. Joan was promoted
to Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and soon after was appointed
to permanent President and Chief Executive Officer of SLCH. For the last several years, Joan led
transformational changes related across the themes of rapid change which
require necessary prioritization and impact on major roles to keep pace with
the changing healthcare delivery system.
Cusack-McGuirk’s leadership, SLCH has earned numerous awards and
accreditations: Comprehensive Center for Metabolic Surgery Accreditation &
Quality Improvement Program by the American College of Surgeons; The Gold Plus
Award from the American Heart Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” for
Stroke for 10 years in a row; Healthgrades Recipient for 3 successive years as
a five-star recipient for natural childbirth; 2018 Clinical Excellence Award in
General Surgery, rated among the top 10% in the nation by Healthgrades; Joint
Commission recognized SLCH as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality TM Expert Contributor;
and Hospitals & Health Network’s 2017 Most Wired Hospital. SLCH is also
designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement as well as
Maternity by Empire BlueCross BlueShield.
SLCH became verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American
College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
SLCH is partnered with Burke Rehabilitation, expanding and enhancing the
already robust physical, cardiac and pulmonary services offered at SLCH.
graduated as an RN from St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York
City, received her BS in Nursing from SUNY New Paltz, earned her graduate
degree at NYU, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton’s
School of Business Fellows Program.
Cusack-McGuirk is an active member of the community participating in numerous
local, regional and state organizations including Healthcare Association of NYS
(HANYS), Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), Northern Metropolitan
Hospital Association (NorMet), Patterns for Progress, Orange County Chamber,
Orange County Citizen’s Foundation, New York Organization of Nurse Executives
& Leaders (NYONEL), SUNY Orange Bridges Program, Newburgh Armory and Rotary
Club of Greater Newburgh. Joan’s family is
the highlight of her life. Between Joan
and her beloved, late husband John, they have 7 children and 11
grandchildren. Joan’s brother Gerard was
diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 21. Gerard fought the fight for 37
years and eventually succumbed to the disease at the age of 56 in 2015, Joan
has a very personal connection to Type 1 Diabetes. Gerard was not only her
brother but also her best friend, after her late husband John McGuirk.
Honoree & Founders Award Recipients
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority
All ten sisters of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority of Kingston, NY will be honored with the first Honoree & Founders Award on May 31, 2019 at the JDRF Hudson Valley Hope Gala at the Powelton Club in Newburgh, NY.
Back in 1975 Beta Sigma Phi made its first donation of $500 to JDF (now known as JDRF). This donation sparked the creation of the Ulster County JDF Chapter which is now a part of the JDRF Westchester/Fairfield/Hudson Valley Chapter. The chapter was co-founded in 1975 by Donna and Charlie Lawrence (whose son Chad and daughter Melissa have T1D) and went on to raise $5,000 in its first year. For 44 years, the sorority has continued its annual support of the mission of JDRF through their participation in One Walk and the Ride to Cure Diabetes. Their combined organizational and personal donations have exceeded $60,000.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and because of generous donor and partner support, we have been able to direct over $2 billion toward research. JDRF is an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our vision is to create a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF.