Growth and Opportunity in Celebration of Filipino American History Month
Join us as we celebrate inclusivity, connection and our commitment to building a better world during Filipino American History Month. This year, with a theme of “Recognizing 125 Years of Philippine-American History,” it is a time we can reflect on the past and celebrate the future with our community.
This October, we are featuring two Northwell team members who are part of our Asian Bridges Business Employee Resource Group (BERG) and sharing their journeys and career experience as Filipino Americans. Originally attracted to Northwell for its many opportunities, focus on innovation, and supportive culture – these individuals both believe Northwell’s commitment to team member development through resources like our BERGs and continuing education has been essential to their career growth.
Christine Mejilla, senior graduate medical education (GME) / training program administrator
Christine Mejilla assists in the management of many surgical programs and oversees surgical residencies and fellowships, including the Colon and Rectal Fellowship and the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship. As a first generation Filipino and a daughter of immigrant parents, Christine’s path to healthcare was most influenced by her mother, a retired registered dietitian. Her time with Northwell began in 2013 as a GME training program administrator in podiatry at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills (LIJFH). Six years later, she transitioned to North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) as a GME training program administrator for the department of surgery. At the end of 2022, she was promoted to her current role and was recently accepted into Northwell’s Mentorship Experience Program.
Over her 10 years here, Christine has witnessed the organization’s growth and achievements – believing that Northwell has been instrumental in her career growth through access to various programs, including our BERGs, tuition reimbursement toward her master’s degree in health administration and participating in the Management Accelerator and Executive Leadership program, a mentorship program designed in partnership with McKinsey and Company.
Christine highlights the importance of our BERGs in fostering diversity, education, and inclusion in the workplace. “Being a member of the Asian Bridges BERG helped provide me with opportunities to participate in the Management Accelerator and Executive Leadership program and make valuable networking connections within our organization.”
Mark Dagan, lead clinical informatics specialist.
Mark Dagan began his career as a registered nurse and transitioned to nursing informatics due to his passion for technology, data and its impact on healthcare in our communities. In his current role as a lead clinical informatics specialist, Mark now assists in evaluating remote monitoring solutions and leads inpatient-focused implementation projects to generate clinical data for organization-wide research.
As a member of the Asian Bridges BERG, Mark participates in community events, receives access to professional development programs, and networks and builds relationships with others across Northwell. “Being part of the Asian BERG has allowed me to meet and learn from other team members who share a similar cultural background and be open to expanding my network with those who have gone through similar experiences.”
At Northwell, we’re proud to showcase the rich stories and experiences of Northwell team members, like Christine and Mark, who share in our mission to advance diversity, inclusion and health equity for all.
Be Truly Compassionate and learn more about opportunities in environmental services careers at Northwell Health
Take the first step in a career in housekeeping and be a part of our Truly Compassionate facilities and support services team, as you create a safe working environment for our patients and team members. At Northwell, our housekeeping team members can grow their career within the environmental services team or choose from any number of other career paths from medical assistance to operations and more.
Whether you are just starting out in your career in housekeeping or want to take the next step in your journey with a more senior-level position in environmental services, Northwell offers resources designed to support you in your career journey. Team members across our health system have access to professional growth and development programs, including tuition reimbursement benefits, free educational workshops and courses, mentorship programs and more.
Below, you can learn more about one of the many ways you can grow in your environmental services career; from housekeeping to a director of environmental services. For the complete job profiles of each role, we invite you to visit NorthwellCareers.com or click on the link below to discover a career well cared for at Northwell.
Take your first step toward a Truly Together clinical support career at Northwell Health
Want to make a positive impact on the lives of our patients and communities? Northwell has a variety of clinical support opportunities available across our health system to help you kickstart your career. Candidates with a high school diploma can explore exciting careers in clinical support that require some certification and/or previous work experience and be Truly Together as a team.
Northwell is committed to ensuring our team members have the best career experience while empowering career growth and development within our organization to help everyone reach their goals. We offer a career framework with roles structured into clear career paths, and a GROW model that enables managers and team members to discuss career aspirations openly.
Below, you will find some of the clinical support career opportunities Northwell has to offer that only require a high school diploma and either a certification and/or training program experience.
Clinical Laboratory Careers at Northwell Health, Raise Your Career Expectations
Clinical laboratory science careers at Northwell Health provide opportunities so you can learn, grow and raise your career expectations in a field where you can impact the community by providing important medical information for healthcare decisions. Whether your career journey is just starting out, you’re advancing along your journey, or you’ve begun to explore a new direction, Northwell has the resources to support and guide you on your path.
Below, you will find information on one of the many career paths for a laboratory technologist. For the complete job profile of each role, we invite you to visit NorthwellCareers.com, or click on the link below to discover a career well cared for with our team. There are many ways to grow in a clinical laboratory position outside of this path as well, from quality to education and more.
Check out our open clinical laboratory science positions here.
Jump into a Truly Ambitious nursing career as a licensed practical nurse at Northwell Health
If you are a nurse who is looking to take the next step in your nursing career with an organization that is committed to your professional growth and development, Northwell has the resources to support and guide you on your path. In addition to our Institute of Nursing, mentorship programs and professional development courses — from day one of being hired, Northwell offers staff registered nurses with an ASN degree tuition reimbursement eligibility toward their BSN degree. Below, you will find one of the career growth opportunities for licensed practical nurses looking to take the first step in their nursing career. For the complete job profiles of each role, we invite you to visit NorthwellCareers.com or click on the link below to discover a career well cared for with our nursing team.
Take the next step in your IT career in a product services and management role at Northwell Health
Discover a truly innovative and enterprising career on Northwell’s IT team as a product services and management analyst. Our team members have opportunities across our health system such as access to free educational and professional development courses, mentorship programs, tuition reimbursement benefits and more.
Whether you are just starting out in your IT career or want to take the next step in your journey with a more senior-level position, Northwell offers resources designed to support you no matter what path you are on. Below, you will find career growth opportunities in product services and management. For the complete job profiles of each role, we invite you to visit NorthwellCareers.com or click on the link below to discover a career well cared for in IT at Northwell.
Take the first step toward a career in rehabilitation services at Northwell Health
Are you interested in rehabilitation therapy programs or services that aid patient care? From audiology assistant to rehabilitation services aide, Northwell Health offers a number of opportunities to help you get started on your career journey.
At Northwell Health, we are committed to helping our team members reach their full potential through skills and professional development opportunities. Our rehabilitation team members can grow their career with benefits that include tuition reimbursement, mentorship programs and more.
Below, you will find some exciting career opportunities Northwell offers in rehabilitation services that only require an associate’s degree or high school diploma and/or certification. Take the first step toward a rewarding career at Northwell Health.
Take the next step in your nursing career and learn about nurse leadership opportunities at Northwell Health
Take the next step in your nursing career toward a leadership role at Northwell Health. Whether taking the first step in your leadership journey or moving into a more senior position, Northwell has the resources to support and guide you on your path.
We have opportunities across a variety of specialties while providing our team members with access to educational and professional development courses, tuition reimbursement, the Institute for Nursing and more.
As a member of our nurse leadership team, you will have the opportunity to guide our units, while making a difference in the lives of our patients and communities through innovative practices and commitment. Below, you will find just a few career growth opportunities for registered nurses looking to expand into a leadership opportunity. For the complete job profiles of each role, we invite you to visit NorthwellCareers.com or click on the link below to discover a career well cared for with our nurse leadership team.
Discover exciting career opportunities in neurosurgery
Want to work in a profession that uses innovative technology to diagnose and treat patients during their most critical times? Explore exciting opportunities across neurosurgery — from nurse manager to physician assistant, and more. At Northwell Health, our team members have access to professional development opportunities, including programs at our Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI), mentorship programs, tuition reimbursement and more.
Take your first step toward a career in hospitality at Northwell Health
Do you have an interest or experience in the hospitality or food service industry and would like to work for a company that promotes career growth and development? At Northwell, we offer a variety of entry-level opportunities to help you get started on your career journey.
Northwell Health is committed to helping our team members reach their full potential through access to mentorship programs, tuition reimbursement and professional development workshops designed to empower and inspire throughout any step of the career journey.
Below, you will find some exciting hospitality and food service career opportunities Northwell offers that only require a high school or equivalent diploma. Take the first step toward a rewarding career at Northwell Health. Check out our available hospitality positions across Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Westchester.
Recognizing Autism Acceptance Month through inclusive conversations at Northwell Health
At Northwell Health, we strive to create a work environment that celebrates all of our team members and allows for a more inclusive conversation where everyone feels valued and respected.
In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, Northwell’s N-Able BERG members (Business Employee Resource Groups) are working to host and spread awareness about a number of programs, courses and events being offered across the health system from ally ship and neurodiversity in the workplace, to working parent community support group sessions that provide a safe place for learning, healing and wellness.
“We wanted to take an opportunity during Autism Acceptance Month to spread awareness and support for our Northwell team members with autism, as well our team members with loved ones who have autism and understanding our community,” says Ines Vanboom, assistant vice president, Workforce Readiness and co-chair of the N-Able BERG. “This month not only allows our team members to educate themselves on this complex neurological disorder, but also provides more opportunities to connect with each other across the organization.”
The N-Able BERG was formed to advocate, educate and support a diverse workforce, while providing a safe environment for individuals with disabilities and for our team members with disabilities, so they can thrive within the organization. “The N-Able BERG has helped me gain a greater understanding, compassion and appreciation for individuals with a disability and in particular individuals who are neurodiverse. I had to step out of my comfort zone and be part of discussions where I am not a subject matter expert but that experience and learning about the community makes me a more well-rounded individual and ultimately a better Northwell team member.”
Discover exciting careers in the emergency department
I love our team dynamics at Northwell SkyHealth. It has enabled me to be a better flight nurse and I’m really grateful for that.
– Mackenzie, Flight Nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital
Join Northwell Health and explore exciting opportunities across our emergency department team — from front desk administration to flight nurse and beyond. As a Health Raiser, you will have access to professional development programs at our Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI), mentorship programs and tuition reimbursement, plus more. Learn about some of the roles featured on Emergency NYC, now streaming on Netflix.
Meet Jennifer, an advanced clinical provider dedicated to advancing education and mentorship at Northwell
Meet Jennifer Megale, director of advanced clinical providers (ACP) at North Shore University Hospital. Jennifer’s dedication to leadership development and training has led to her successful career at Northwell Health.
Jennifer began her journey at Northwell during her clinical rotations as a Physician Assistant (PA) while attending school at Touro College from 2008-2010. That is the first time she felt a sense of community unlike anywhere else she’d ever been. “Northwell has always felt like a close-knit family. Leaders make themselves readily available because they truly want the best for their employees and our patients,” says Jennifer.
In 2011, Jennifer took a position as a general surgery ACP at North Shore University Hospital. While in this role, she participated in Northwell’s leadership development programs to continue her passion for learning over the next eight years. This led her to a promotion to ACP supervisor for the department of surgery at North Shore University Hospital in 2018. “Northwell’s leadership essentials courses and numerous mentorship programs have really helped me develop my skills and network with other leaders in the health system.”
Today, in her current role as ACP director at North Shore University Hospital, Jennifer oversees ACPs in the departments of general surgery, surgical intensive care, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, peripheral and neurological interventional radiology, liver and kidney transplant, urology, and pre-surgical testing. A large portion of Jennifer’s role is spent developing future leaders and mentoring supervisors. A typical day for Jennifer involves multiple one-on-one meetings with supervisors to discuss ongoing issues, finding solutions, and working on refining their leadership skills. “Developing leaders is truly so important in employee engagement which directly correlates to the patient experience,” says Jennifer.
When asked what she loves most about her job at Northwell, Jennifer shared, “The most rewarding thing for me is to be able to take all the skills I have learned from various mentors and leadership development programs and channel them into developing future ACPs. Helping others see what they are capable of, while also focusing on employee engagement, and in turn patient satisfaction, brings me so much joy.”
At Northwell, we strive to give our team members as many opportunities as we can to help them continue their career growth journey.
Reflecting on Black History Month with our African American and Caribbean Bridges BERG
At Northwell, we strive to cultivate a diverse and inclusive work environment where our team members feel respected and are celebrated.
We spoke with Caitlynn C. Dufort, career and performance development program manager, and Christian Jocelyn, vice president of digital enterprise operations, co-chairs of the African American and Caribbean Bridges BERG (Business Employee Resource Group). Read below as they reflect on the importance of Black History Month, what this year’s theme of black resistance means for them, and the impact our Bridges BERG has made on their career journey at Northwell.
Tell us about your journey toward a career in healthcare at Northwell.
Caitlynn Dufort (CD): I started my career at Northwell as a human resource talent acquisition team member where I focused on internal career mobility and supported our recruitment project strategies. I later pursued a graduate degree in public health and worked in program management before I transitioned to the career and performance development team. In my current role, I have an opportunity to collaborate with our different partners on projects and programs that support team member development.
Christian Jocelyn (CJ): I started my career at Northwell as a paramedic. After being promoted to paramedic supervisor, I obtained my master’s degree in healthcare administration and embarked on my administrative journey, starting as a manager for finance and operations and working my way to vice president of enterprise digital operations. As the vice president, I now oversee the development, integration and administration of operations for the health system’s Digital Centers of Excellence.
What do you think about most during Black History Month?
CD: I think about the month’s origin and the importance of highlighting our ancestors’ contributions. It is important for everyone to be educated on the impact of African Americans on society healthcare. There are many contributions that African Americans have made throughout history that are not widely known.
CJ: I reflect on all there is to learn from the past and am reminded that black history is a shared history. It highlights our unfinished work and struggles that are described in the history textbooks that we still find ourselves grappling with. We have to overcome the challenges of the present to build a better future. We have black history as the blueprint.
What was the theme of this year’s Black History Month? What does that theme mean to you?
CD: The 2023 theme for the month is black resistance. The theme of black resistance focuses on the acknowledgement and history of black Americans’ responses to establish safe spaces, where Black life can be sustained, fortified, and respected, and how also black resistance strategies have served as a model for social movements in our country. Change has not been easy, and resisting the status quo to create safer spaces, laws, and equitable rights was needed and should be celebrated. Therefore, our BERGs wanted to celebrate black excellence and the individuals who have made history as they created change and rose to the occasion even if it meant being resistant.
CJ: Black resistance is a significant thread in the fabric that is American life. The ultimate story of black resistance is the Civil Rights Movement. This social movement ensured that African Americans and other minorities had the basic rights given to them under the constitution protected. We still fight inequality every day, but black resistance has helped us see that we do have the power to overcome even the most insurmountable odds and gives hope for a continued pursuit of a more equal and just society.
What impact has becoming a BERG Member made for you in your career journey at Northwell?
CD: Through collaboration with other team members and the opportunities to grow my network, I have benefited from my experience as a BERG member. My experience inspired me to take advantage of opportunities and to continue the legacy that the co-chairs of the BERGs have established.
CJ: I have been introduced to team members from all over the organization who have made a positive impact on my career. I hope to give back to the BERG a fraction of what it has given me and look forward to future opportunities.
Why do you think it is so important for Northwell to have Bridges BERGs, like the African American/Caribbean Bridges BERG?
CD: In an organization as large as Northwell, the BERGs create an opportunity to connect with all team members across different levels of their career and from different corners of the organization with similar experiences and cultures to network and give back.
CJ: BERGS are key for fostering connection and authenticity and allow team members to bring their full selves into work. They create an environment of trust where ideas can be shared and can lead to better patient care outcomes from creative solutions.
At Northwell, we are one team, raising health for all. We embrace relationship building through understanding and supporting the cultural, spiritual, and ethical values of the communities we serve. Join us and discover a career well cared for today.
Discover how Northwell’s physician assistants are empowered to grow in their career
Discover a career well cared for as a physician assistant at Northwell Health. Our physician assistants make a positive impact on the lives of our patients and our communities through their autonomy to practice to the fullest extent of their licensure.
We have opportunities across our health system with flexible hours available for full-time, part-time, and per-diem positions. As a physician assistant, you will have the option to take advantage of professional development programs at our Center for Learning and Innovation, access to advanced clinical training through our Bioskills Training Center and mentorship programs. In our continuing commitment to on-going education and career advancement, Northwell also offers an ACP fellowship program for individuals interested in specializing and furthering their career as an advanced clinical provider.
Below, you will find information about one of the many ways to grow your career as a physician assistant.
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