The Arnold Gould Founder’s Award
NAMI Queens/Nassau is pleased to announce the creation of
The Arnold R. Gould Founders Award
This annual award will be presented to an individual who embodies the spirit and carries on the legacy of beloved NAMI Queens/Nassau Co-Founder Arnold R. Gould.
Arnold Gould was a pioneering and relentless advocate for people struggling with mental health issues. A man who was never afraid to speak up and stand up for doing the right thing, Arnold became an activist during the era of the infamous Willowbrook State School on Staten Island, which came to symbolize the horrific conditions that people with mental health disorders were forced to endure. Under Arnold’s leadership, what started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979, would one day become a national movement known as the National Alliance on Mental Illness- NAMI, the nation’s leading voice on mental health.
During his long and storied career, Arnold fought for New York State’s original mental health insurance parity law. He also led numerous mental health organization Boards including; NAMI Queens/Nassau, NAMI New York State, the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center Board of Visitors, Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services and Venture House.
Arnold began his life of service during World War II serving in the Army. He went on to become a teacher, guidance counselor and mentor to dozens and his influence continues to inspire many more today, including the Board and staff of NAMI Queens/Nassau
2020 Recipient Mary Beth McManus
The Arnold Gould Founders Award was established to honor the memory of legendary NAMI Queens Nassau Co-Founder Arnold Gould. Arnold Gould was a pioneering and relentless advocate for people struggling with mental health issues. Under Arnold’s leadership, what started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979, would one day become a national movement known as the National Alliance on Mental Illness- NAMI, the nation’s leading voice on mental health. This annual award is presented to an individual who embodies the spirit and carries on the legacy of beloved NAMI Queens/Nassau Co-Founder Arnold R. Gould. We are proud to announce that our inaugural award recipient Mary Beth McManus is a woman who has dedicated her life to the care of individuals with behavioral health issues. During her 29-year career Mary Beth has excelled in every post she has held from nursing school to her current job as Chief Nursing Officer at Zucker Hillside Hospital. In her current capacity Mary Beth has met the challenge of healing patients who suffer from mental health conditions, while battling the COVID-19 virus. Through it all she has helped to insure the delivery of excellent care to the patients at Zucker Hillside hospitals 234 bed facility in Glen Oaks Queens.
Mary Beth McManus Biography
Marybeth McManus, MPA, BSN, RN-BC
Associate Executive Director of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Marybeth McManus has been a behavioral health nurse at The Zucker Hillside Hospital for the past 29 years, holding several positions of increasing responsibility in quality, nursing research and administration. She currently serves as the Chief Nursing Officer and Associate Executive Director of Patient Care Services with oversight of all inpatient nursing, pharmacy and materials management services for the 234-bed hospital.
Marybeth has served on the leadership team for the Health System’s Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Committee, co-chairing the Annual Nursing research conferences and presenting locally, nationally and internationally on such topics as the development of nursing research committees, management of the aggressive psychiatric patient, reduction of readmission rates, decreasing restraints and seclusion, TeamSTEPPS, and innovations in the delivery of behavioral health care. Marybeth has been the Principal Investigator for several multidisciplinary IRB approved research studies at ZHH and throughout the behavioral health service line. In 2015, Marybeth was appointed to the Research Steering Committee for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and presents annually at the APNA Conference’s Nursing Research Interactive Panel. Marybeth was instrumental in the roll out of Team STEPPS for Northwell Health and customized training for the behavioral health service line. She has published articles and chapters in the behavioral health field and is an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association, and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. In 2017 Marybeth was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and in 2019 Marybeth was elected President of the New York State chapter of the APNA.
Marybeth was responsible for the transition and occupancy of the new 115 bed Behavioral Health Pavilion at ZHH. She is known for her dedication to the expansion of nursing research activities, the delivery of excellent quality patient care, and the maintenance of a therapeutic healing environment for patients and a safe working environment for staff.