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[September 15,2005]

After 39 years, hospital chairman says farewell

For decades, everyone who has received medical treatment at Staten Island University Hospital has felt the impact of Dr. Thomas G. McGinn.

A soft-spoken, small-framed man who has devoted countless hours to academic reading, Dr. McGinn is thought of as the borough’s most influential physician after almost 40 years of molding University Hospital’s staff. Today, Dr. McGinn’s colleagues, students and friends celebrate his legacy with a farewell fete.

At the end of the month, he will step down as the hospital’s first and only chairman of medicine, leaving the institution to reshape itself.

The physician’s departure comes as the hospital examines its rapid growth and begins adapting to a new era—one in which it settles into its identity as a major institution and collaborates more closely with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Care System.
Dr. McGinn was first hired by the struggling Staten Island Hospital in 1966. “When we hired him, the hospital was on the verge of bankruptcy,” said Irving R. (Rick) Boody Jr., who has served on University Hospital’s board of trustees for 51 years.