Q: Please explain why you chose to pursue your career at Northwell Health.
A: I grew up in Queens and Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC) was the hospital in our community. When I was in my early 20’s my mom got very sick and was a patient at LIJMC as well as Hospice Care Network, a proud member of Northwell Health. I remember the great care that both my mom and family received during our difficult time. Although my mom passed, I will never forget how supportive and caring the employees were.
When I was graduating college I saw an opportunity at Hospice Care Network for an HR Generalist position. I knew that I needed to be part of an organization that did such rewarding work so I explored the position. What better way to enter the field of Human Resources! I worked there for two years and really felt like I was giving back. I did eventually leave to work in a corporate HR Manager role but after eight years away, I realized that I needed to go back to healthcare and continue to support their great mission and staff.
A job posting found its way to me for a Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) Director role at LIJMC and I decided to pursue it. The opportunity appealed to me because it was a strategic business partner role working directly with the hospital leadership team as well as front line staff. That is how I found my way back to Northwell Health.
Q: Please explain your career progressions throughout the years.
A: When I returned to Northwell Health at LIJMC I assumed the Human Resources Business Partner role. During my first year I was embedded in the operation, focused on building relationships and led employee engagement and talent management efforts for my work groups of 1000+ employees. I was also able to build my competence in labor relations. I was part of a great campus HR team that was not only supportive but fun.
After my first year, the lead HRBP role opened at Zucker Hillside Hospital (ZHH) with 1200+ employees. Supporting the field of behavioral health is a great experience and I found a calling working in a facility with this population of patients. In the lead Business partner role, I was a member of the Executive Leadership team and able to develop strategy and lead HR and Patient experience programs that contributed to the facility achieving its business goals. I was also able to work on corporate projects such as the myrecognition program and acted as a thought partner on various talent management initiatives. I worked in this role for two years.
An opportunity then presented itself that would expand my responsibilities and I moved to South Oaks Hospital to be the lead HRBP. South Oaks is also a behavioral health facility but has a three hundred bed nursing and rehabilitation center on the campus with a total of 1300+ employees. I have been in this role for a year now and it has been an amazing experience. Similar to ZHH I am a member of the executive leadership team working to develop and executive our strategy to build leadership capabilities, employee engagement and workforce planning to enhance our patient experience. I am also leading the HR and change management efforts to integrate this facility into Northwell Health’s HR programs and technology.
Q: What does it mean for you to be a part of Northwell Health’s Human Resources team?
A: Overall, Northwell Health has provided me the opportunity and development to become a strategic HRPB and a member of the facility leadership team. I truly feel valued by the organization for my contributions. Being part of an organization of 61,000+ great employees, working together to help people, and who are setting the trend in healthcare makes me proud to tell people that I work here (oh and it is pretty awesome to not have to travel to the city every day to go to work!)