Senior Care Manager/Program Coordinator, High-Risk Transitions
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Medical Center
What made you choose New York Medical College?
I received strong encouragement from Professor Emeritus Annette Choolfian, R.N., M.P.A., whom I knew from my years at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. I also knew graduates of the NYMC M.P.H. program who said it offered the best preparation for the public health field.
What are your fondest memories of New York Medical College?
My fondest memories are the comradeship that was developed with my classmates and the encouragement and expertise offered by my professors.
What is your current professional role/position and what are some highlights of your career track?
I lead the care management transitions initiative for high-risk patients at Jacobi Medical Center. My team and I follow patients post-discharge, providing education and clinical intervention for 30 days, a high-risk period for readmission. This role took its form as a response to the Affordable Care Act, and the push to continuum-based care delivery.
My career track in care management has been diverse and progressive. My employer encouraged me and listened to my voice as they developed policies that corresponded with the changing health delivery landscape. In addition, I have become a mentor to many colleagues who have decided to advance their careers.
In October 2016, I received the Health and Hospital Corporation's Award for Nursing Excellence in Advancing and Leading the Profession. This was truly an honor.
Based on your experiences, what advice would you give to future students and future alumni of New York Medical College?
Be passionate about your educational pursuits. Keep your eye on the prize and develop your support system, which you will need when it is time to do your dissertation. When you are done, reach out to those behind you and share your knowledge and discoveries. Most of all, keep your ego out of it.
When you’re not working, where are you most likely to be found and what are you most likely to be doing?
Salsa dancing, practicing yoga and reading.