Richard Alan Platis | Daily Rome Sentinel
Richard Alan Platis, 44, from Rome, died on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. He was born in Rome, New York, on October 30, 1976, the youngest of four siblings, to John and Lorraine Schmidt Platis who predeceased him.
He graduated in 1994 from the Rome Free Academy and in 1998 from SUNY Oswego with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2015, he graduated from SUNY Poly with a Masters of Business Administration.
Rick married the love of his life, Danielle Hoy Platis, in 2002 at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Rome, New York.
Previously he worked for Catholic Charities where he oversaw youth programs including Camp Nazareth where he enjoyed playing the high ropes course.
He began his career in healthcare at the hospital and foundation in Rome overseeing the full grant management, policy administration, emergency preparedness program, and reimbursement and utilization. significant HERs by hospitals / providers.
For the past eight years, Rick has worked at Upstate Medical University for the faculty practice plan up to the position of Director of Operations and Quality Programs. Rick has led efforts to be successful in the various government quality and assurance programs, grossing millions of dollars over the years that help ensure retention and recruitment of physicians and faculty providers across the North. State. Rick was the key person in organizing and running the upstate multi-specialty practice in Township 5 in Camille and in establishing and growing a new family medicine practice. He then worked diligently on the Upstate’s Cancer Center project in Verona, which is due to open in late 2022 / early 2023.
Rick was very active in the community and in youth sports. He has served as Vice President of the Valentine Girls Basketball League while coaching Grades 3 through 12 teams for the past 10 years. In addition, he was a former coach and former president of the Rome Lady Rebels Girls AAU basketball organization as well as a coach and treasurer of the Rome Girls Softball League and Rome Spirit Softball. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Oneida County Office of Aging CEWC and Utica Safe Schools.
Rick has always had a love of music, especially the trumpet and guitar, which he shared with his children. He was also a member of the Road Crew for the RFA Marching Band.
He has been active in his church as a former catechist, former board member, current member of the finance committee, and chairman of the budget committee. He became a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus while living in Denver, Colorado.
Rick is survived by his wife, Danielle; daughters, Alexa and Caitlin; Sister Pamela (Paul) Greenberg of Brunswick, New York; brothers, John (Michele) Platis of Mansfield, Texas, and Stephen (Michele) Platis of Albuquerque, New Mexico; niece, Abigail Greenberg; stepmother, Margie (Bob) Lauro; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Hoy; Uncle Gary, (Sue) Schmidt; the godchildren, Tyler Badger and TJ Glover; many cousins; and friends he considered his family.
Family and friends can call Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N George St, Rome, Sunday, October 3, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A Christian burial mass will be held on Monday, October 4 at 11 a.m. at St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 1807 Bedford Street, Rome, with interment immediately thereafter in St Mary’s Cemetery, Rome, New York. At the request of Rick’s family, if you plan to attend the services, please provide a mask inside.