Delivering Excellence in Health Care

St. Charles Hospital, part of the Catholic Health system, is a community hospital located in Port Jefferson, NY. The hospital has served the residents of the Three Village area for over 100 years.

We are Long Island's leader in physical therapy and rehabilitation—the only Long Island hospital accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient medical rehabilitation for adults and children. We are also experts in orthopedics, maternity, pediatric, and sleep medicine services.

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About St. Charles Hospital

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St. Charles Hospital Leadership Team

  • James O'Connor, President
  • Dominick Pernice, RT, MBA, Chief Operating Officer
  • Dante Latorre, FACHE, Vice President Quality & Regulatory Affairs
  • Lisa Oberting, RN MSN, CPHRM, Director of Risk Management/Patient Safety, HIPAA Privacy Officer
  • Kathleen Vasil, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
  • Sunil Dhuper, M.D., FCCP, Chief Medical Officer
  • Nicolette Fiore-Lopez, PhD, R.N., CENP, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Laura Beck, MS, PT, Vice President, Rehabilitation
  • Stephen Trentowski, SHRM-CP, Vice President, Human Resource
  • Lisa Mulvey, Executive Director, St. Charles Foundation
  • Michelle Pipia-Stiles, Director, Public & Community Relations

Catholic Health Executive Leadership

  • Patrick O’Shaughnessy, DO, MBA, MS-POPH, FACEP, CHCQM, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Daniel DeBarba, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Jason M. Golbin, DO, MBA, MS, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
  • Joseph Lamantia, Executive Vice President Chief Transformation Officer
  • Tracy E. Miller, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel
  • Dennis Verzi, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Joseph Carofano, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Michael Mainiero, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Information Officer
  • Father Kevin Creagh, Senior Vice President for Mission Integration
  • Gara Edelstein, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Peggy Maher, Chief Development Officer
  • Anthony Pellicano, Senior Vice President and Chief HR Officer
  • Received the 2022 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Additionally, made the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • Received a 4-Star rating for patient satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). (July 2022)
  • Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Disease Specific Program—Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Programs.
  • Joint Commission Advanced Certification Disease Specific Program—Stroke.
  • Joint Commission Advanced Certification Disease Specific Program—Palliative Care.
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Accreditation for Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation for both adults and Children, Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialty Programs, Brain Injury Specialty Programs, and Stroke Rehabilitation Specialty Programs. (2020)
  • Cancer Program Received Commission on Cancer (COC) Accreditation.
  • Accredited as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications by Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSQIP) of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Received all three of Healthgrades’ Women’s Care Specialty Excellence Awards for 2020. St. Charles is the only hospital in NYS to achieve the OBGYN Excellence Award 3 Years in a row, the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award 6 Years in a Row and the 2020 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award. (2020)


More Than 100 Years of Excellence In Health Care

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On February 27, 1907, 27 homeless children with disabilities boarded a train in Brooklyn, NY, and arrived in Port Jefferson where they were lovingly accepted into the care of four French Sisters representing the Order of the Daughters of Wisdom. A mere nine months later the Brooklyn Home for handicapped children was established to provide support, care, education, and medical and surgical treatment of blind and handicapped children. By 1910, a three-story structure designed to accommodate 250 children was built on Fairview Hill and was dedicated as St. Charles Hospital.

Stories of remarkable recoveries made by the children at St. Charles began to circulate throughout the region and helped establish a reputation for outstanding care that remains today. Breakthroughs in the treatment of polio garnered national media attention, as did the successful education of a young boy who was left both deaf and blind following cerebrospinal meningitis.

In 1915 the hospital expanded again, this time with the construction of a two-story structure to house a bakery, laundry, large auditorium and playroom. In 1917, the Helme Farm and the Price Cottage, both adjoining the hospital's property, were purchased to provide housing for the sisters. In 1921, the Weeks land, a 10-acre tract adjoining the hospital on Belle Terre Road, was purchased. A three-story brick addition to the main hospital was completed in 1923. New operating rooms, a sterilization room, anesthesiology, a recovery area, and X-ray facility were included along with playrooms, dormitories, and classrooms for academic and vocational training.

Ever on the leading edge of medical treatment, the hospital constructed a therapeutic swimming pool in 1926. Taking advantage of the buoyancy provided by hydrotherapy, therapists used the pool to help patients mobilize limbs paralyzed by polio and other conditions. In 1948, the hospital's Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic opened to provide monitoring and care for children who were able to live at home. Much progress was made in the 1960's when the hospital received a one-million dollar federal grant to construct a new 165-bed facility. This facility would be a general hospital, providing medical, surgical, pediatric and obstetric care to patients from Huntington to the East End of Long Island. Later that year, an orthopedic resident training affiliation with Yale University School of Medicine was announced.

Today, as a full service, general hospital and regional rehabilitation center, St. Charles Hospital remains committed to serving the health care needs of our local communities. 

Community Health

St. Charles Hospital offers free wellness events and free health screenings.

Our Mission 

We, at Catholic Health, humbly join together to bring Christ’s healing mission and the mission of mercy of the Catholic Church expressed in Catholic health care to our communities.


Our Vision 

Catholic Health will be recognized as the premier health system on Long Island.

We commit to excellence in all we do by providing care that is state of the art, compassionate, and patient centered. Every person, every time.

Driven by innovation, rooted in our Catholic faith, and grounded in our humanity, we will transform the way health care is delivered to become the most trusted health partner to all communities we serve.


Role of Spiritual Care at Catholic Health

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

Our I-CARE Values

Integrity: We are who we say we are and act in accordance with the splendor of truth of our Catholic moral teaching and our Catholic values.

Compassion: We have compassion for our patients, see the suffering Christ in them, strive to alleviate suffering and serve the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our patients.

Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Respect: We honor the sanctity of life at every stage of life and the dignity of every person, and incorporate all the principles of Catholic social teaching in our relationships and advocacy.

Excellence: We seek the glory of God in the compassionate service of our patients, and we strive to do the best that can be done, whatever our role.

The Story Behind Our Logo

Our logo communicates the power of faith, hope and healing found both in our Catholic Faith and our work at Catholic Health. The shape of the logo evokes two images. The first is that of a chalice and sacred host, representing the elements of Holy Communion, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the very heart of the Catholic Faith. As a graphic element, the chalice and host also becomes the figure of a human person, arms uplifted in a celebration of the gifts of life, health and healing, especially as these reflect the mission of Catholic Health.

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