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Wilhelmina Manzano Named Chief Nursing Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Healthcare System

NEW YORK (Oct 13, 2004)

An experienced nurse leader who promotes clinical excellence in nursing, Wilhelmina M. Manzano, M.A., R.N., has been named senior vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

In her new role, Ms. Manzano will implement strategies that promote innovation and excellence in nursing throughout the Hospital and the 53-facility Healthcare System.

"In today's health-care environment, nursing is more important than ever," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. "Willie has consistently and repeatedly demonstrated an aptitude for operational excellence, recruiting and retaining talent, and managing successfully in a tight financial environment. She is decisive, outcomes-driven, and team-oriented. I heartily welcome Willie to her new position."

"My goal is to facilitate the advancement of professional nursing practice and to provide support to the nursing staff, with the ultimate purpose of improving the quality of patient care. We can achieve this by continuing to define best practice, create a supportive, positive work environment for our staff, promote learning and prepare our future nurse leaders," says Ms. Manzano.

Previously, Ms. Manzano was the Chief Nursing Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Vice President for Patient Care Services at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. Prior to joining the Hospital, Ms. Manzano held various leadership positions at several New York-area hospitals, including The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Beth Israel Medical Center.

She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master of Arts, Nursing Administration, from New York University. She also attended the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Program for Nurse Executives and was just elected Fellow at The New York Academy of Medicine.

NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System

The NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, the largest secular not-for-profit non-governmental health care system in the U.S., is committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective, and accessible care to communities throughout the greater New York Metropolitan region. The System, made up of 38 acute care hospitals, 100 ambulatory sites, 16 residential health care facilities, three specialty institutions, and more than 15,000 affiliated physicians, serves one in four patients in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area. The System is also the largest not-for-profit employer in New York City. System members are affiliates of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University or Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. During 2003, System institutions discharged more than 560,000 inpatient cases and saw more than 5,700,000 cases on an outpatient basis.

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