The rewarding work of a surgical technologist at Northwell Health
The work of surgical technologists in our operating rooms is a vital part of the perioperative services at Northwell Health. Working alongside our surgeons and nurses, surgical technologists who prepare our operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help team members during surgeries. This Surgical Technologist Appreciation Week and every day, we celebrate our team members.
Meet Jason Dizon, a surgical technologist at Plainview Hospital who is just one of these integral team members keeping our operating rooms running smoothly and ensuring patient safety every step of the way.
Jason has as a surgical technologist at Plainview Hospital for almost five years, but his love for the operating room has him planning to stay until he retires. Working in surgery means his job is never mundane, and each case brings him a new opportunity to learn. Innovative surgeries in our hospitals also provides the chance for Jason to grow his skills as he helps prepare the OR with cutting-edge technology and works as a member of the surgical team.
At Plainview Hospital, Jason focuses mostly on orthopedic cases, such as total joint replacements or spine cases, but has been able to experience work on a variety of specialties. “I have grown a lot working at Plainview Hospital,” says Jason. “We have great leadership that supports us and it’s a great place to work because we are able to learn from a diverse group of team members.”
And within his role, Jason also develops his skillset by helping to teach others. “Teaching and speaking with surgical technologist students and nursing students helps me improve my communication skills,” says Jason. “It’s taught me to always use patience and understanding as students grow in their skills.” Working with the enthusiastic students and helping to teach them about working in perioperative services is one of Jason’s favorite parts of his job. With perioperative services not often focused on in schools, Jason is there for what is often the first look these students get into an operating room. It’s an eye-opening experience he values being a part of.
But it’s not the only responsibility that makes Jason so passionate about what he does. “I love my job. I love science and health, and as a surgical technologist, I’m able to learn every day about the human body and how it functions. To see firsthand how we heal patients and take care of them is very rewarding.”
Interested in a surgical technologist career at Northwell? Apply today!
How our medical office assistants are making a difference in patient’s lives
Medical office assistants are typically the first people our patients interact with during their visit, helping to assess the patients’ needs. They have the unique opportunity to gain invaluable healthcare experience while developing their own skills and passion for patient care. And at Northwell, medical office assistants enjoy the close-knit atmosphere of working at a practice while still having access to career opportunities at New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer with 750+ ambulatory locations and beyond. With an unmatched combination of ongoing training, educational opportunities and tuition assistance, our medical office assistants are able to deliver care while they grow their career.
Hear from some of our medical office assistants on how they are making a difference at Northwell:
Atthis Nunez, Senior Medical Office Associate
“I have worked at a few Northwell practices as a medical assistant before becoming a senior medical assistant and I love being able to help the patients and make sure their needs are met.“
Dana Signorelli, Senior Medical Office Associate
“As a senior medical assistant, I am able to make a difference in a patient’s experience. I always wanted to be in the medical field because I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age three and was always surrounded by medicine. I wanted to be the person I always looked for while going to all of my appointments who made the experience fun and less scary. Being able to feel firsthand what these patients are feeling makes me able to relate to them.“
Iren King, Medical Office Associate
“My favorite thing about being a medical assistant is my interaction with patients. The joy I feel when I am able to be involved with their care and treatment is sensational. It gives me the satisfaction that I am making a difference.“
Joshua McLeod, Medical Office Associate
“I make a difference as a medical assistant by helping pediatric patients and their parents remain calm in the examination room. I really enjoy interacting with patients prior to the doctor going into the examination room and building relationships with newborns and their parents that last as they grow to become teenagers.“
Nafis Salcedo, Medical Office Associate
“The best part of being a medical assistant is the bonds we form with patients as the first line of care in the clinical area. I’m able to make a difference by treating each patient in a unique way according to their needs. I think it is important to make each patient feel welcome and comfortable with our care.”
Sara Marcos, Medical Office Associate
“My favorite thing about being a MOA at Northwell is that with the ability to work with many specialties, I am able to learn different aspects of the medical field. I’m able to make a difference by ensuring the office provides quality care for all of our patients.”
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