Shawn has served as the director of operations for Emergency Operations Command (EOC) for Northwell’s Community COVID Vaccination and Community Testing programs this past year, with responsibilities that included the establishment of fixed and temporary pop-up sites, as well as managing the logistics once these sites were operational. Now, he is expanding his role to director of operations for Integrated Operations in which he handles special assignments for the EOC. The skills he gained in the U.S. Airforce helped prepare him for a career at Northwell.
During his eight years as a Medical Service Corpsman (MSC) Officer with the U.S. Airforce (USAF), Shawn’s duties included being ready to go at a moment’s notice, while managing the coordination, logistics, and operations of air medical rescue teams in the Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) program. This program is a unique and significant part of our nation’s mobility resources and embodies our Nation’s commitment to “leave no man behind” – the reason why Shawn wanted to go into Air Evacuation. Its purpose is to evacuate wounded military personnel and civilians from areas of danger to medical facilities with the use of military transport aircraft and provides time-sensitive, mission-critical enroute care to patients, to and between medical treatment facilities.
Shawn began his career journey at Northwell in 2007 and spent seven years working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Corporate Fellowship and Management at North Shore University Hospital. After receiving his MPA in Health Policy and Management from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service in 2012, Shawn was sworn into the USAF in 2014, leading him toward his passion of serving in the U.S. military, which he did for the next eight years. After he returned home in April of 2021, Shawn also returned home to his Northwell family, excited to leverage his skills and experience in his new role.
During his time at Northwell, Shawn has found that it is just as important to have a connection to the overall mission of our organization, like he did in the USAF, in order to thrive in his current role today. “I am fulfilled and energized at Northwell because I can see how my contributions have made a positive impact to delivering the highest quality of patient care and customer service,” says Shawn. “The most exciting aspect of my job is that I’m able to leverage my skillset and abilities to collaborate with different team members and take on meaningful tasks.”
Shawn currently serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, where he can still complete military orders on missions, he’s most passionate about – while working at Northwell. On multiple occasions Shawn expressed how he feels supported by Northwell. His colleagues and senior leaders have assisted in accommodating his time for military orders, as well as mentoring his personal and professional growth. A recent innovative project that really hit home for the veteran was where he was tasked with spearheading a technology collaboration between Northwell and various branches of the U.S. armed forces.
Shawn also currently serves as a chair on the VALOR BERG (Business Employee Resource Group), where he enjoys the opportunity to potentially impact employment, employee retention, and professional development for this community. “I know there is nothing more stressful than coming off active duty with a family to support and not having a job.”, says Shawn. He finds comfort in the BERG, and in knowing that there is support from people who know him a little better than the civilian person.
Shawn encourages other veterans at Northwell to join the VALOR BERG and learn more about our Military Liaison Services team. Performance and development may look different compared to the military, but Northwell is committed to going above and beyond for veterans to support them in our community.
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