has two new appointees to head up its medical board. Kara Kvilekval, MD of Setauket was named chairwoman of the board while Richard Savino, MD of Port Jefferson is now the vice chairman. Kvilekval will also take on the role of president of the Mather hospital medical staff. Savino will take on Kvilekval’s former role as vice president of the medical staff.
According to a hospital spokesperson, the medical board acts on all matters of medical staff business, including coordinating and monitoring activities of and policies adopted by the staff and departments. It ensures professionally ethical conduct and competent clinical performance by staff members. The medical board reports to the hospital board of directors on the quality and efficiency of medical care provided to patients in the hospital.
Kvilekval, a vascular surgeon, is replacing cardiologist Lloyd Lense, MD as head of the medical board who will be stepping down from the board altogether.
“I’m honored to be the next medical staff president and chair of the medical board at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital,” said Kvilekval. “As the challenges and complexities of delivering health care grow, it is critical that all of us, doctors, hospitals, health care professionals and patients, work together to render the best health care possible to our community.”
As part of her new role as chair of the medical board Kvilekval will report to the hospital board of directors the views and recommendations of the medical board on matters of hospital policy, planning, operations, governance, and relationships with external agencies. She will present the views and decisions of the hospital board of directors to the medical board.
As well as serving on the board, Kvilekval sits on various committees at Mather, serves as Medical Director at Vascular Associates of Long Island in Stony Brook and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, at SUNY Stony Brook.
Dr. Savino is a resident of Port Jefferson and is a member of the budget Advisory Committee for the . He is vice chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Mather and has an extensive background in sports medicine. He was a team physician for the Baltimore Orioles and the Johns Hopkins University athletic department. He also served as physician for the PGA US Open at Shinnecock in 2004 and the PGA US Open at Bethpage in 2002. His private practice is at in Port Jefferson, where he is Vice President.