Sabina Zak is leaving as the PAGNY Chief Affiliation Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island to become a Vice President, Community Health Services, at Northwell Health. She wrote the following farewell letter to her PAGNY colleagues:
“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led to those who help us most to grow if we let them and we help them in return,” lyrics of “For Good” in the show “Wicked” by composer Stephen Schwartz.
After more than 15 glorious years of working at Coney Island Hospital and PAGNY, I am moving on.
As you know, my journey at the affiliation and Health and Hospitals began as a Surgical Physician Assistant, and ultimately evolved into my work as COO of UGMA and then transitioned to PAGNY at its inception.
Under the current leadership, PAGNY has made great strides in moving forward. Despite the challenges faced daily, we continue to strive for excellence and growth. I made the decision to leave now, as I am content, gratified and inspired to be at the organization. It feels that this is the right time to pass the baton.
I have enjoyed my tenure here and I appreciate having had the opportunity to work with all of you. It truly has been a privilege to have known and worked with so many inspiring, creative and brilliant people over the years. You all made my job truly enjoyable. We have been through all of the highs and lows together, and it is not often that you want to come back to work to spend time with a group of friends.
Even though I will miss my colleagues, PAGNY and the facilities we served, I am looking forward to this new challenge and to starting a new phase of my career. I am grateful for the opportunities we had, and I will have fond feelings when I look back on this time in my life. Special thanks are well-merited to my Coney Island Hospital Family.
My resignation as CAO, is not a goodbye, it is simply a See you later!
I will leave you with an inspirational quote. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart,” Mahatma Gandhi
Thank you for everything.
I wish you all the best.
The PAGNY family wishes Sabina all the best and she will be missed.