About Us

Our History

Elizabeth Seton Children’s has a long legacy of serving the children and families of New York – both in health care and education. Our history is rooted in the story of the Sisters of Charity Ministry Network, our sponsors, who began their work over 200 years ago in 1817, and in The New York Foundling, whose doors were opened in 1869 by three Sisters of Charity in an effort to save babies being abandoned on the streets of New York.

It was those children, with the greatest medical needs, who became the genesis for Elizabeth Seton Children’s as it commenced its evolution from a program of The Foundling to what it is today: a nationally recognized champion of medically complex children needing specialized medical, nursing, rehabilitative and educational services both living in residence and in the community.

For over 30 years we have been inspired to serve children and their families with loving care and transformational outcomes. Our journey continues today.


Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center (now Elizabeth Seton Children's Center) originated at 590 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan as a program affiliate of the The New York Foundling to care for 136 medically complex children with multiple physical and neurological conditions and increasing medical acuity; this included babies with AIDS and suffering from the effects of drug-addicted mothers

Elizabeth Seton Children's Center became fully independent from the programs of The New York Foundling with separate governance and remained a sponsored work or the Sisters of Charity Ministry Network.

Elizabeth Seton Children's Center assumed operating responsibility from The New York Foundling for the John A. Coleman School in New York City (now Elizabeth Seton Children's School).

Elizabeth Seton Children's Center expanded operations by opening Elizabeth Seton Children's School at 317 North Street in white Plains.

Elizabeth Seton Children's Center develops the first long-term care program in New York State for ventilator-dependent children.

Elizabeth Seton Children's Center assumed operating responsibility for the Children's Rehabilitation Center (now Elizabeth Seton Children's Rehabilitation Center) at 317 North Street in White Plains.
Elizabeth Seton Children's Center and School relocated from New York City to a newly constructed 165,000-square-foot, LEED Gold certified "green" building on 6.5 acres in Yonkers for 137 medically complex children.
Elizabeth Seton Children's Center welcomed 32 additional medically complex and technology-dependent children with a three story expansion. With 169 children, the Center is now the largest provider of pediatric post-acute care nationwide.
Elizabeth Seton Children's celebrates 30 years of service.

About St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Mission Statement

Creating possibilities for medically complex children and their families, inspired by the love of St. Elizabeth Seton.

Vision Statement

Pursuing leadership and excellence by advancing innovative, loving care with transformational outcomes to medically complex children and their families.

Core Values

Respect & Embrace Diversity

Loving Relationships


Evolution, Growth & Change




Our Leadership

Elizabeth Seton Children’s Board of Directors


Michael Hegarty, Chairperson
Sr. Carol A. Barnes, SC, Vice Chairperson
Gregory Mancini, Treasurer
Peter T. McKeever, Secretary
Lisa Alteri
Rachel Amar
John F. Caruso
Michael J. Daly, III
Dwayne Doherty
Israel Franco, MD, FAAP, FACS
Catherine Franzetti
Michael F. Gallagher, Esq.
Fr. Francis J. Gasparik, OFM, Cap.
William P. Harrington, Esq.
David G. Ingber
Dennis J. Kenny, Esq.
Steven R. Korf
John Morgan
Sr. Marie Morris, SC
Sr. Margaret O’Brien, SC
Frank A. Oswald, Esq.
Sr. Dominica Rocchio, SC
James Sinkoff
Vito R. Verni
Bishop Gerald T. Walsh
Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation Board of Directors


Sr. Dorothy Metz, SC, Chairperson
Peter T. McKeever, Vice Chairperson
Michael Hegarty, Treasurer
Sr. Carol A. Barnes, SC, Secretary
Benny Caiola
William P. Harrington, Esq.
Frank A. Oswald, Esq.
Michael Van De Loo
Vito R. Verni

Elizabeth Seton Children's
Leadership Team

Pat Tursi, Chief Executive Officer

Carla Perruccio, Chief Financial Officer

Florin Berevoescu, Chief Information Officer

Brian Harrington, Senior Vice President of Advancement

Paul Mackey, Vice President of Engineering and Facilities

Adriene Rosell, Vice President of Operations

Carolyn Ryan, Vice President of Quality

Frances Sequeira, Vice President of Talent Management

Dorian Samuels, Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center Director of Nursing

Carmela Senese, Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center Chief Rehabilitation Officer

Dr. Peter Tesler, Elizabeth Seton Children’s Chief Medical Officer

Maureen Tomkiel, Elizabeth Seton Children’s School Executive Director

Dr. Maria Pici, Elizabeth Seton Children’s Rehabilitation Center Chief Medical Officer


About Pat Tursi

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