Russell D’Amico Named New CEO of Menorah Park of CNY

Russell M. D’Amico, MHA, LNHA, became the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Menorah Park of Central New York on December 15, replacing longtime CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood.  Bloodgood transitioned to a new role as Chief Development Officer of the Menorah Park Foundation.

For more than 16 years, D’Amico has worked in Central New York’s senior health care community and as an educator in related areas. He most recently served as vice president of administration and long-term care at Auburn Community Hospital’s skilled nursing facility. Before that he was an administrator of several Loretto Healthcare facilities. In addition to his work experience, D’Amico has been a faculty member for Bryant & Stratton College, teaching courses in healthcare administration. D’Amico earned a master’s degree in health services administration from Strayer University, a bachelors in therapeutic recreation from SUNY Cortland, and is a licensed nursing home administrator.

D’Amico and his wife Nina live in Liverpool with their four children, 12 years old and under.  When he’s not working or teaching, he’s a Little League coach and a big SU sports fan, usually bringing a child or two to basketball games.

D’Amico is no stranger to the Menorah Park family.  “My paternal grandparents were Menorah Park residents – my grandmother at the Jewish Home and my grandfather at the Oaks,” said D’Amico. “I was a frequent visitor, got to know the staff and appreciated the kindness and attention my grandparents received. My father, Ronald D’Amico, was podiatrist at Menorah Park for years.  Menorah Park’s continuum of care and its local focus and deep roots in Central New York are its calling card and what drew me to this position. I’m looking forward to getting to know our residents, our staff members, and collaborating with entire senior executive team, including the Board.”

Adds Menorah Park board president Fran Ciardullo, “After a lengthy search, we are so pleased that Russ is joining us.  We especially love that he has a history with Menorah Park, shares our deep passion for our mission and brings an infectious enthusiasm to his new leadership role.

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