dowlingThe New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which began in 1762, marches up Manhattan, NYs Fifth Avenue every year on March 17th in honor of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of New York.

For the 255th Year of the St. Patricks Day Parade, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board of Directors have named Long Island’s own Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health, as Grand Marshal of the 2017 parade. Michael Dowling is a native of Limerick, Ireland.

“Michael Dowling is the true embodiment of the values we celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, a leader in a noble healing profession, an educator, a public servant, an Irish-American who has made enormous contributions to his adopted country and made Irish people everywhere proud of their heritage.”

Mr. Dowling had a long and distinguished career in education and public service before joining Northwell Health in 1995. Since becoming president & CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling has built Northwell Health into a regional clinical, academic, and research enterprise that now has a presence throughout the metropolitan area. Northwell is now the largest integrated healthcare system in New York State with a total workforce comprised of more than 61,000 employees and is the state’s largest private employer.

“As a native son of a small country village in Western Limerick, I am greatly privileged and humbled by this extraordinary honor and recognition,” Mr. Dowling said. “I am proud to follow in the footsteps of so many remarkable luminaries as we again celebrate the very best of Irish and Irish-American history, culture and heritage.”