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“We are proud to take the occasion of Administrative Professionals Day on April 22 to honor our administrative professionals–and say ‘thank you’ on behalf of the PAGNY leadership and all our doctors and clinicians who make PAGNY such a great network.

No organization, especially one as complex and important as PAGNY, can succeed without everyone pulling their full weight. That is why our administrative professionals are so important to fulfilling PAGNY’s mission of providing innovative healthcare services to all our communities. Simply put, without these professionals, we would not be able to provide our patients and clients the superior care they need and deserve.

To represent this group, we would like to feature five administrators who represent the professionalism and dedication that we see every day in every facility at PAGNY. Thank you again for all your hard work and service.”

Bijan Safai, M.D., D.Sc.
President, PAGNY Board of Directors
Luis R. Marcos, M.D.

Featured PAGNY Administrators:

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island

Photo credit: Robert Cooper

Patricia Caruso,Administrative Assistant, PAGNY Off-Site Office.
Sabina Zak, Chief Affiliation Officer, CIH:

“Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. Thank you Pat for your excellent support, for all the things you do, for all the hard work and thoughtful ways. You are greatly appreciated today and every day for your endless efforts.”

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem

Photo credit: Lamarr Nelson

Barbara Blake, Administrative Assistant, Psychiatry Department.
Dr. Zafar Sharif, Chair of Psychiatry:

“Barbara has worked with me for 4 years and I could not have asked for anyone more effective and efficient than her. She ‘just gets it done.’ Barbara is a highly reliable and trusted assistant who has my total and full confidence, and by her high performance she makes the responsibilities of my position much easier to execute. She lifts the productivity of others by her example and is loved by most. A surprise delivery of delicious donuts is just the icing on the cake. Thank you Barbara for who and what you are.”

North Bronx Health Network

Photo credit: Jade Greene

Christina Clarke, Network Coordinator, Behavioral Health Department.
Dr. Maryann Popiel, Chair of Behavioral Health:

“It is with the utmost pleasure that I take this opportunity to extol the virtues of Christina. She is a consummate professional, taking on tasks with a sense of ownership, diligence and with a tirelessness nature. She has an innate curiosity that leads her to be a life-long learner and she is self-motivated to do the best job possible at all times. We are truly fortunate that she has chosen her career path to be here with us.”

NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln

Photo credit: Linda Morales

Venessa Rodriguez-Brodick, Administrative Assistant, Neurosurgery Department.
Dr. Valerie Katz, Interim Chief of Surgery:

“Venessa is essential to the Division of Neurosurgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. She keeps the division running, assisting attending neurosurgeons and physician assistants with scheduling, in clinics, with MRI authorization, and with all Performance Improvement and Quality Management activities for the Division. She assists patients in navigating our system, and she is an invaluable asset to the Chair of Surgery as a liaison with the Division of Neurosurgery.”

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan

Photo credit: Damien Kim

Norma Puig-Reyes, Administrative Coordinator, Rehabilitation Medicine Department.
Dr. Eduardo Lopez, Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine:

“Norma is a key person in our department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She shines because of her skills, initiative and dedication to ensure that the administrative services of the department are delivered. She is a team player, efficient, diligent, disciplined, and at the same time a kind-hearted person who is cherished by all. We value and appreciate her commitment to the department and MHC.”