Mary Ellen McCrossen
Mary Ellen McCrossen | Legislator Leslie Kennedy's Honoree
For over 12 years, Mary Ellen McCrossen, currently a Patient and Community Relations Coordinator at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital (SCSH), has been a well-respected colleague, admired by medical staff, hospital senior leadership, Chambers, Rotaries, Parishes and local EMS and fire departments in Smithtown, St. James, Nissequogue, Nesconset, Commack and Kings Park.
A stable in the community, Mary Ellen is also well known for her long-standing working relationships with many local political figures including Senator Mario Mattera, Suffolk County Legislators Rob Trotta and Leslie Kennedy, Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy, Town of Smithtown Supervisor Edward Wehrheim and the Suffolk County Police Department ‘s 4th Precinct.
In addition, Mary Ellen serves on prestigious boards including the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce and the Smithtown Historical Society and is a member of the Kings Park, Nesconset and St. James Chamber of Commerce, the St. James Civic Association, Women’s Diversity Network and Sherriff Toulon’s Re-Entry Task Force and the Sheriff’s Community Advisory Board.
In her role as SCSH’s Patient and Community Relations Coordinator, Mary Ellen has worked tirelessly in community outreach efforts by hosting numerous blood drives, increasing St. Catherine’s donations by 75%. She has also been instrumental in community outreach initiatives geared towards senior citizens by performing monthly blood pressure checks, Covid-19 and flu vaccine distribution at the Smithtown Senior Center, Martin Luther Terrace Apartments, Fairfield Apartments in St. James and at SCSH. Adhering to Catholic Health’s Mission & Ministry initiatives, Mary Ellen has hosted food drives to benefit local food pantries, parish centers, as well as clothing and coat drives to benefit local homeless shelters in underserved communities.
Mary Ellen has also honored our veteran employees at the hospital with military services pin distribution and single-handedly, every year in the dark of night, places over 200 American flags along St. Catherine’s campus driveway leading to the hospital for Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
Always giving of herself, Mary Ellen became a “Live Donor” several years ago when she donated one of her kidneys to her brother.
A wife, mother of four children, and a resident of Smithtown for almost 30 years, Mary Ellen McCrossen is a role model not only in her workplace, but for her family and the community at large.