Celebrating the Lunar New Year with our Asian BERG (business employee resource group)
Lunar New Year, often referred to as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is one of the most celebrated holidays in the Asian community. Starting February 1 and lasting 15 days, this year’s celebrations honor the year of the tiger – one of 12 symbols in the Chinese Zodiac. The tiger is a symbol of power and prestige in many Asian cultures and those born this year are said to be brave, ambitious, enthusiastic, forceful, and powerful. Recognizing cultural traditions creates a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming to all. Northwell Bridges BERGs were established with this in mind, to foster an environment where all team members feel a sense of belonging.
Asian Bridges BERG co-chair and claims management counsel, Janet H. Shin, Esq., shared, “It’s no surprise to me that Northwell has been recognized as a Best Health System for Diversity by DiversityInc. I believe that having the Asian Bridges BERG, and other Bridges BERGs, available to all employees, gives Northwell team members a sense of pride and a feeling of acceptance within a richly diverse community.”
This year, the Asian Bridges BERG will be at sites across the health system where volunteers will hand employees red envelopes (a lucky color according to Asian customs) filled with tiger embossed, gold chocolate coins. Accompanying the chocolate will also be a decorative insert wishing employees a Happy Lunar New Year, good health, good luck, and an abundance of happiness throughout the year. Janet is also excited about the BERG’s week-long giveaway, giving employees a chance to win Lunar New Year gift baskets and Northwell swag. “Lunar New Year is about prosperity, longevity, and unity,” Janet adds, “and these are themes that align with the work culture at Northwell.”
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Celebrating CRNA Week and IV Nurses Day with an inside look at these two unique specialties
At Northwell Health, nurses are celebrated and valued every day. This week, we are celebrating CRNA Week and IV Nurses Day with an inside perspective from two of our team members. Read on to learn what Kevin and Polina have to say about their unique careers at Northwell.
Kevin Chavez, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Lenox Hill Hospital (LHH), started working at Northwell as a new graduate in 2020. As a CRNA, Kevin is engaged in the care for patients that are in pre-operative, intra-operative, post-operative, and emergency settings. “The CRNA role to me is the pinnacle of nursing practice. It’s rewarding and humbling to take part in so many varied situations that patients seek care for.” Nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia or sedation for surgeries ranging from minor procedures (such as same-day surgeries) to major procedures (such as open-heart surgeries)—and no two days are the same.
In the two years since Kevin began his career at Northwell, he finds that he is never short on learning opportunities, just one of the things he loves about his shifts at LHH. “There is encouragement to develop our skills on the job and through outside learning. I have attended multiple conferences and professional development programs to further enhance my practice.”
Taking advantage of learning opportunities and sharing knowledge is common among successful nursing teams, and is something that fellow registered nurse, Polina Bangiyeva, agrees with. Polina, RN, BSN, infusion nurse at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (MEETH), joined Northwell more than 10 years ago. According to her, infusion nursing is unique because, “both patients and other nurses on the unit rely on the distinct care that IV Nurses provide.” Infusion nurses treat patients with needs from hydration to blood transfusions, and many treatment types in between. Polina’s daily rounds may include administering medication and fluid therapy, teaching other nurses how to properly gain intravenous access and PICC insertion, monitoring patient response to treatments, and coordinating the discontinuation of IV services with the medical team, patients, and their families. “I’ve been an IV nurse for a long time, but I continue to love my job every day.”
Polina didn’t start her nursing career at Northwell, but having been here for over a decade, she believes it’s the best place to continue to grow her nursing passion. “I plan on taking advantage of the tuition reimbursement benefit. I would like to go back to school soon to become a nurse practitioner.”
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Northwell launches a partnership with McKinsey and Company to participate in the Management Accelerator and Executive Leadership Programs for our African American/Caribbean Bridges, LatinX Bridges, and Asian Bridges BERGs
We often hear Northwell leadership speak to the importance of investing in its own team members and how cultivating existing talent, is the smartest strategy in building a stronger and more efficient health system. The concept of a career well cared for is something our employees actively experience in their roles every day. The introduction of the Management Accelerator and Executive Leadership programs, in partnership with McKinsey and Company, is another example of our commitment to provide career advancement opportunities for our team members at Northwell.
This February we will be welcoming nearly 70 leaders of diverse backgrounds into both programs, which supports our mission of having an organization that is representative of the communities we serve. These programs will help us accelerate the progression of diverse leaders within the system by developing their leadership and general management skills. “I was ecstatic when I learned that I was selected to participate in the Management Accelerator Program,” says, Jeffrey Paul, senior program manager for Telehealth Services. Jeffrey joined Northwell in 2018, as a program manager for Telehealth Services, and he shared that one of the things that stood out to him was how much support is placed behind the professional development of the workforce here. “It’s more than just a sign of good faith. It’s a testament to Northwell’s commitment to inclusion, retention, and promoting from within.”
Jeffrey is a member of Northwell’s African American/Caribbean Bridges BERG (Business Employee Resource Group), and that is how he came to learn about this opportunity. The Bridges BERGs were established as a means to provide culturally sensitive services to our communities and to champion a united and skilled workforce where all employees feel welcomed and included. Asian Bridges BERG member, Hamangi Patel, echoes Jeffrey’s excitement about the management accelerator program. “When I was first notified about it through my BERG, I thought, ‘Wow, Northwell is standing by their promise, taking the lead in supporting diverse senior executives in achieving C-suite professional aspirations.” Joining at least one of the Bridges BERGs is a requirement to be considered for this opportunity, but as Jeffrey and Hamangi can attest, being a member of one of the Bridges BERGs can open up doors to career growth while bridging cultural relationships.
Hamangi started with Northwell in 2014 as a research compliance manager. Today, she is director of research compliance for corporate compliance and has experienced encouragement for personal development in her field from the beginning, saying “the inception of the management accelerator and executive leadership programs displays that Northwell welcomes diversity at the leadership table, especially as work culture needs are evolving and healthcare disparities are widening.” Having diverse voices at the leadership table is exactly what the purpose of this initiative is. Northwell leaders of diverse backgrounds will receive expert coaching that will build on their confidence and strengthen their abilities to grow the next generation of leaders.
Latinx BERG member, and fellow management accelerator cohort participant, Christina Giordano views this opportunity as yet another chance to grow in her career. “Words cannot express my gratitude. I am eager to continue my journey in professional development here at Northwell.” In under four years, Christina has gone from communication business analyst to communications lead as a senior product services and management analyst. She feels that it’s easier to believe in oneself when your workplace believes in you too. According to Christina, Northwell makes it easy for her to live by one of her favorite Toni Morrison quotes, “You can do some rather extraordinary things, if that’s what you really believe.”
Prioritizing Self-Care and Well-Being at Northwell Health
Every year, Northwell team members can rely on our employee wellness programs and trust in the implementation of new initiatives designed to create a happy, safe, and healthy work environment. Our well-being isn’t meant to be checked at the door when we finish our workday; several of the resources and activities available are devised with employees and their families in mind such as healthy recipes developed by our dietitians for home cooked meals. And in some cases, as with our annual walk challenges, the encouragement to get healthy has a ripple effect, inspiring family and friends to join in hikes for the sake of motivating our team members along.
This year’s walk challenge, Walk to the Caribbean, saw thousands of team members trek across state parks, local gardens, and sandy beaches, tracking their steps for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the Caribbean. Three lucky teams claimed the winning prize: a team from North Shore University Hospital, led by team captain Lydia Brown, a team from Northwell Health Physician Partners Long Island Jewish Medical Center, led by team captain Anna Costakis, and a team from Lenox Hill Hospital, led by team captain Jacqueline Pinksbennett.
Participation in the walk challenges always runs high and it is just one example of many programs aimed at promoting wellness both in and out of work by incentivizing team members to get active by rewarding them with myRecognition points which can be used to claim amazing products through our internal portal. The health and wellness of our team members is a top priority to leadership in the organization and because of that our initiatives are actively encouraged, such as Northwell’s Well-Being Credit Program which offers employees who are who enrolled in a Northwell offered medical plan the opportunity to earn a maximum of $2,080 in paycheck credits in exchange for four healthy actions. It is our belief that a healthy workforce is a happy workforce, and therefore a successful one.
Read on to learn about a few more of the programs and resources that have made Northwell Health #2 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employers®.
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