BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Dr. Victor F. Politi—president and CEO of the NuHealth System, a public safety net hospital in Nassau County that provides care to underserved communities—has dedicated his entire life to public service, with a long history of helping others through both work and volunteering.
Raised in Long Island City and Flushing, community and neighbors were embedded into Politi at a young age. With a passion for helping others and looking out for his neighbors, as a child, Politi enjoyed shoveling the snow from his entire block and even knocking at his neighbors’ doors to remind them about garbage day.
Giving back to his community and helping others is something Politi attributes to his father, who was a New York City fireman. Although he didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps as a career fireman, he volunteers as one.
Shortly after graduating from St. Francis Prep, Politi took a number of civil service job exams, including one with the city’s Police Department.
Since he had enjoyed taking medical classes in high school and volunteered for the Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Jamaica, Politi became a paramedic with Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which prepared him to be a police officer.
Working for the NYPD was one of Politi’s most rewarding jobs.
“I not only did tactical things, but I helped people, whether it was helping people out of trapped cars or from collapses,” said Politi.
While a policeman, Politi attended St. John’s University, where he studied pre-med. After graduating from St. John’s, Politi took a leave of absence from the NYPD to attend St. George University in Grenada for his first year of medical school. Due to a war that broke out in Grenada, Politi returned to New York City to complete his clerkships and his last two years of medical school.
“During the daytime, I was completing my residency—and from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., I was working in the NYPD,” said Politi. “I love both jobs. I enjoy being outside on the ground as a police officer, but I also love being a doctor where I can actually touch people, heal them and cure disease.”
Shortly after completing his residency, Politi became the director of the ER at St. John’s Queens Hospital.
Politi said that the transition wasn’t difficult for him since being a police officer and in the medical field has similarities.
“They’re similar in the sense that you get to feel good about yourself when you get home because you did something to help the community and help your neighbors,” said Politi.
Since becoming a doctor, Politi has risen to high ranks, motivated by his love for the job.
“It’s a love for being a people person, for talking to people, reaching out to people and listening to them,” said Politi. “Medicine is one of the most rewarding careers.”
As the president and CEO of NuHealth, Politi said that his goal is to continue providing the best doctors and care and making the hospital more available to the underserved people of Nassau County.
With such an extensive resume, Politi attributes his success to the like-minded, intelligent and positive people around him; to knowing that every time he goes to work he’s making a difference; to his determination to get the job done; and to his wife Lyn Politi and his children.
“In life, it’s important that your partner is on the same page as you,” said Politi. “Growing together and developing together makes you happy together.”
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