A lawyer who grew up and practices in East Meadow has been named to head the board of directors for NuHealth, which includes Nassau University Medical Center and other facilities.
Michael Mirotznik, 48, of Bellmore, was appointed by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano late Thursday to succeed Craig Rizzo as chairman of the 15-member board, NuHealth CEO Dr. Victor Politi said Friday.
Mirotznik, who has a private practice within walking distance of NUMC, said he contacted Mangano about the volunteer post after reading in Newsday of Rizzo's resignation.
Rizzo, also a lawyer, resigned last month to take a job as special assistant to NuHealth, which includes the hospital, the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility and five community health centers.
"I grew up with this hospital in my community," Mirotznik said. "It's something I've wanted to do. I'm a cohesive kind of guy, and with the state of health care, I thought I could do some good for residents."
Politi said he looked "forward to working with him to help improve the fiscally challenged state of the hospital."
NuHealth faces more than a $20 million gap in this year's budget, he said.
"Michael's experience and enthusiasm to serve will bring a fresh perspective to the board," Mangano said in a statement.
Mirotznik, who is married with two children, was born in East Meadow and graduated from East Meadow High School in 1983. He graduated from New York University in 1987 and from Brooklyn Law School in 1991.
In 2003, he was the Republican candidate for the Nassau County Legislature in the 19th District, losing to incumbent David Denenberg (D-Merrick).