Columbia University Graduate Named Chief Nurse Executive For NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health care system serving more than one million New Yorkers, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Dr. Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, MS, as Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive. As chief nurse executive, she will lead initiatives to support patient-centered care and ensure patient satisfaction as the public health system embarks on its comprehensive, multi-year redesign to build a competitive, sustainable organization that will continue to offer high-quality and accessible health care to the people of New York City. Dr. Cineas’ appointment is effective March 11, 2019.

Dr. Cineas is board-certified Nurse Leader with more than 15 years in health care administration. She most recently served as Senior Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. She began her career at Columbia University Medical Center New York Presbyterian Hospital where she served in various roles including the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, as a Quality Management Specialist for the Cardiothoracic Department, Care Director of Neurosurgery and the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit.

“We are fortunate to have Natalia Cineas, a respected nurse leader and care provider, join our management team. Our nurses are at the heart of our mission to care for all New Yorkers without exception, and as chief nurse executive, Natalia will help set the standard for care and consistently represent the voices of patients and nurses in all important discussions and decisions,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz. “I’m especially pleased to say that Natalia was born at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, and like many of our staff who rely on Health + Hospitals for their family’s care, she will have a unique opportunity to give back to a system that took care of her and her family.”

“I have dedicated my career to promoting the nurse profession, supporting fellow health leaders and encouraging young people to explore this special, rewarding field. It’s really a privilege to serve patients and families in their most difficult moments, and helping communities get and stay healthy. I’m excited to share my passion for nursing and contribute to the important transformation that’s taking place at NYC Health + Hospitals,”

“I have dedicated my career to promoting the nurse profession, supporting fellow health leaders and encouraging young people to explore this special, rewarding field. It’s really a privilege to serve patients and families in their most difficult moments, and helping communities get and stay healthy. I’m excited to share my passion for nursing and contribute to the important transformation that’s taking place at NYC Health + Hospitals,” said Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, MS.

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Dr. Cineas has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from The George Washington University, a Masters of Science in Management, a Bachelors of Science from New York University, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University.

She is adjunct faculty at Columbia University School of Nursing where she teaches nursing leadership courses in the doctoral and masters level degree programs. She is also adjunct faculty at The College of New Rochelle where she teaches Healthcare Politics, Nursing Research and Leadership.

Dr. Cineas is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, Scholarship Chair of the Greater New York Chapter of the Black Nurses Association, Inc., member of the Greater New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders, American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. In 2010, Dr. Cineas was inducted as a fellow of the Leadership Institute of Black Nurses at New York University (LIBN).

For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org

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