Senior Executive of North Shore-LIJ Health System Named COO


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – 3 June 2009 – In an ongoing effort to re-organize itself to deliver improved service while achieving greater operating efficiency, The Diocese of Rockville Centre today announced the appointment of a new chief operating officer (COO).  Charles M. Charles M. Trunz IIITrunz III assumes responsibility for all temporal functions of the Diocese with the exception of Catholic Health Services (CHS).  The new position of COO will report to the Diocesan bishop.  The main priority of the COO will be to assess the organizational structure of the diocese and develop a strategy for delivering more effective and efficient service.  Kevin Murphy will oversee financial operations of the diocese. 

“I am grateful to the work of the Diocesan Finance Council and the search committee for their hard work,” Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre said.  “I am also grateful for the pro bono preliminary analysis of our organization given to us by KPMG.  Mr. Trunz has extraordinary organizational skills and experience that have been honed by many years in leadership positions of a very large health care system and one of the world’s best known financial enterprises.  I look forward to Charles’ counsel on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of diocesan operations and his leadership in implementing improvements in our operations.”

“There is a need here to offer better service to our parishes.  As parish operations become more complex and with the shrinking of resources, we need to enhance our service commitment to them and at the same time to operate in a more efficient manner,” Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Brennan, vicar general and moderator of the curia said.  “Mr. Trunz comes to us with a wealth of experience in organizational operations and we enthusiastically welcome the gifts that he brings with him.  We are very happy that he has expressed a genuine desire to put his abilities at the service of the Church here on Long Island.” 

“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve Bishop Murphy and the Diocesan leadership team including its pastors,” Mr. Trunz said.  “I strive to add value to the many extraordinary services that the Diocese provides to the Long Island community.


About Charles M. Trunz III
Mr. Trunz joined North Shore-LIJ in 2001 as vice president-treasury and was promoted to senior vice president-chief administrative and chief information officer in early 2002.  In 2004, Mr. Trunz was promoted to regional chief operating officer with responsibilities for the management of the Manhasset and LIJ tertiary hospitals, Schneider’s Children’s hospital, behavioral health services and outpatient ambulatory services. 

Mr. Trunz’ 30-year career includes extensive leadership, management and business operations experience.  Mr. Trunz’ career began in 1975 as a CPA with Arthur Young & Company.  He later joined JP Morgan in 1981, where he held several leadership positions including chief operating officer-global markets; president, JPMorgan Securities; chief financial officer, JP Morgan Investment Bank.  He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University.  Mr. Trunz and his wife, Beth, both widowed, reside on Long Island with their eight children.  They have been active in Catholic-related activities associated with Georgetown and Fairfield Universities, St. Dominic’s (Oyster Bay) and St. Mary’s (Manhasset) elementary schools.  



About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).


Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre 
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