For Nirva Matteis the key to success at Northwell Health has always been an eagerness to learn and grow. During her 10-year career here, Nirva has worked in multiple jobs and locations throughout the organization and has gained experience that has led her to become the senior administrative manager for the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders at the Hearing and Speech Center.
As senior administrative manager, Nirva is responsible for the daily administrative operations of a multi- physician practice along with managing all non-clinical personnel and supporting revenue cycle, quality and service excellence initiatives. Excelling today as a leader, Nirva started her Northwell career as a food service worker at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) while obtaining her undergraduate education.
Growing at Northwell Health
From the beginning, Nirva has utilized a variety of different opportunities that Northwell provides to support her professional development. Classes at Northwell’s The Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI) were an endless resource for her to learn new skills and participated in their Applied Leadership Effectiveness and Development Program which is a one-year program that is designed to develop skills and knowledge among current and emerging leaders. In addition, she also benefitted from Northwell’s tuition reimbursement program and earned her master’s degree.
But one of the biggest assets to helping her grow at Northwell has always been her mentors. “I have grown by leaps and bounds both professionally and personally as a direct result of my mentors ,” says Nirva. “Northwell does a fantastic job with encouraging team members to seek bigger and better opportunities within the organization. For that, I am eternally grateful.” From working on the Food & Nutrition team at NSUH to becoming a supervisor within the System Call Center, Nirva receives advice from her mentors that helped her flourish.
It was through her mentors and experience at the System Call Center that Nirva found out about the opportunity to work on the Otolaryngology team after falling in love with the way their work was improving lives. “Fielding thousands of calls for head and neck surgery and cochlear implant patients allowed me to gain insight on the challenges people face when dealing with life-changing diagnoses,” says Nirva. “My ability to empathize to create a memorable experience as a result catapulted.”
In addition, Northwell’s commitment to health equity and access to care for all members of the communities we serve is something Nirva feels strongly about. She feels she can make an impact in her current role in a patient-facing setting.
Nurturing the talent of tomorrow
As Nirva continues to grow her own career, she also has the unique experience of being able to help others follow in her footsteps. As an active member of the BRIDGES Business Employee Resource Group (BERG), which represents the cultural diversity across the organization, Nirva has enjoyed being able to expand her network and make long-lasting connections. “The BRIDGES BERG is a clear indicator that Northwell has its finger on the pulse of its employee’s aspirational needs,” says Nirva. Within the BERG, she’s been able to connect beyond her work location, creating a resource that spans the entire health system and fosters cross-functional collaboration.
And it’s these connections that Nirva believes are what makes working here so special. “Northwell is exceptionally skilled at identifying and nurturing talent. Our senior leadership mentors team members in a way that creates a pipeline of high-caliber, healthcare champions, ready to take on the challenges of an ever-changing industry. I am proud to be a part of the team responsible for revolutionizing healthcare as we know it. To play a small part in Northwell’s success is an honor.”
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