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South Nassau Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer

Long Beach resident brings more than 20 years’ experience in nursing and patient care

Posted: Jan. 25, 2019

South Nassau Communities Hospital has named Stacey A. Conklin, RN-BC, MHCDS, NE-BC, a resident of Long Beach, NY, as its chief nursing officer (CNO) and senior vice president of patient care services. Ms. Conklin joins South Nassau after serving as the vice president of patient care services and CNO at the Mount Sinai Health System’s New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.

“Stacey is an energetic leader who is focused on improving patient outcomes,” said Richard J. Murphy, South Nassau’s President. At each point in her career, she has spearheaded the development and implementation of plans and systems that improve the quality, safety and delivery of patient care. Her wealth of knowledge and experience will ensure that South Nassau continues its standard-setting excellence in nursing care at the bedside.”

As senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Ms. Conklin will oversee all nursing activities and more than 800 registered nurses who ensure the delivery of consistent, high-quality care. South Nassau recently achieved re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for outstanding nursing care as a Magnet® hospital. There are only eight magnet hospitals on Long Island.

Ms. Conklin was selected after a nationwide search. She will replace Susan Penque, PhD, RN-BC, CNP, who stepped down as CNO after a successful seven-year tenure. Ms. Penque was instrumental in helping South Nassau obtain and sustain Magnet status.

“We interviewed a number of excellent candidates for this position, but Stacey stood out for her enthusiasm for nursing, her record of leadership and ideas about how to keep South Nassau moving forward to continually improve the level of bedside nursing care,” said Dr. Adhi Sharma, South Nassau’s Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for Clinical and Professional Affairs.

Ms. Conklin also will direct the development of strategies to promote the recruitment, retention, and recognition of excellence in nursing; assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical programs and services; identify areas for performance improvement; and prepare and participate in Joint Commission and hospital licensure surveys.

“South Nassau’s nursing leadership and staff is recognized throughout the hospital and healthcare industry in New York for its spirit and team approach. I’m delighted to be part of the exciting expansion of services that is happening at South Nassau as a result of its recent partnership with Mount Sinai,” said Ms. Conklin. “And, as a longtime resident of Long Beach, I look forward to serving the residents of the South Shore.”

Ms. Conklin, who holds a Master’s of Science in Health Care Delivery from Dartmouth College, has more than 20 years of diverse experience in nursing administration and patient care. Prior to being appointed as vice president of patient care services and CNO at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai in May 2017, Ms. Conklin’s experiences in nursing included serving as the Infirmary’s senior director of patient care services; director of patient care services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel; and site chief information officer at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset (NY). An adjunct professor of graduate nursing at Molloy College, where she received her Bachelor of Science in nursing, Ms. Conklin graduated from Walden University in Baltimore, Maryland with a master of science in nursing.

Board-certified by the ANCC in Nursing Informatics and as a Nurse Executive, Ms. Conklin is a member of the American Nurses Association and a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine.

The Long Island flagship hospital of the Mount Sinai Health System, South Nassau® Communities Hospital is Designated a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for outstanding nursing care.  South Nassau is one of the region’s largest hospitals with 455 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,500 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency medicine.

In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and offers Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau operates the only Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County verified by the American College of Surgeons as well as Long Island’s only free-standing, 9-1-1 receiving Emergency Department in Long Beach. It is also is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons, and is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program.

In addition, the hospital has been awarded the Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval for disease-specific care for stroke, hip and knee replacement, heart failure, bariatric surgery, wound care and end-stage renal disease.  For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.