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SUNY Downstate Executive Named to Crain's Inaugural 'Notable Women in Health Care'

Chief Administrative and Operating Officer Patricia Winston Recognized for Her Institutional Leadership and Unwavering Commitment to Local Communities


BROOKLYN, NY— SUNY Downstate Medical Center/University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer Patricia A. Winston is among the Crain's New York Business inaugural list of "Notable Women in Health Care", announced in Crain's NY. This newly-established honor recognizes 78 women who are innovating healthcare in New York City through their leadership, mentorship, and overall commitment to improving the health of local communities.

"This is well-deserved recognition for Pat's dedication to serving patients and our community. It is equally matched by a tremendous focus on training professionals who care for our patients every day," said SUNY Downstate president Wayne J. Riley, M.D. "She promotes a culture of service and safety leading efforts to assure excellent patient care at the University Hospital of Brooklyn; Pat's work and dedication to our patients is a great example for other healthcare professionals."

Ms. Winston joined SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the University Hospital of Brooklyn in 2014 as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Operating Officer responsible for strategy and day-to-day hospital operations. Committed to improving patient care, she most recently spearheaded SUNY Downstate's innovative BioVigil hand hygiene system that drives point-of-care behavior modification and engages patients in a culture of safety.

"Pat is a well-respected administrator with the technical skills that allow her to see the big picture–she focuses on the intended outcome of care provided to our patients as the first step in efforts that she leads," said UHB Senior Vice President and Hospital Affairs Managing Director William P. Walsh. "This is a great honor for her and a proud moment for the University Hospital of Brooklyn."

"Growing up as the daughter of a nurse who was my role model, I always admired the women who dedicated their lives to caring for others," said Ms. Winston. "This wonderful honor reflects the collective work of all those who bring integrity to our profession and continue to find ways to make the patient experience and outcomes positive. I am grateful to be among such an esteemed group of women healthcare leaders."

Before joining SUNY Downstate, Ms. Winston served for five years as Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer at The Brooklyn Hospital where she had strategic development and management oversight of the Department of Patient Care Services including nursing, infection control, patient relations, rehab services, and the therapy department. Previously, she was the Chief Nursing Officer for Universal Health Services in King of Prussia, PA, and at the George Washington University Hospital, where she served as a member of senior leadership.

Ms. Winston has served on numerous boards including the American Nurses Association, National Association of Health Service Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She graduated from the Nursing School of Wilmington, Delaware with an RN diploma, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in professional arts and nursing, and a Master of Science degree in healthcare administration from West Chester University in PA. Ms. Winston is Board Certified in Nursing Administration (NEA-BC) and a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE).



About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.