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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital names new senior VP and chief nursing offi cer
BY BILL PARRY
Having served at St. John’s Episcopal
Hospital in Far Rockaway for her entire
professional career over more than three
decades, Hermelina “Lin” Zabala, MSN,
RN, FNP, has been appointed to the role
of senior vice president of patient care
services and chief nursing officer.
In her new role, Zabala will ensure
the high quality of nursing services; use
strategic planning to balance efficient
and optimal patient care; create and
maintain standards of care; and monitor
the progress of quality initiatives.
Prior to her most recent role of
assistant vice president of qual ity
assurance and nursing operations ,
Zabala has held various roles since
joining St. John’s in 1988 including staff
nurse, nurse educator, nurse manager
and associate director of nursing.
“Lin is an extremely competent leader,
and I am sure that she will significantly
contribute to the success of St. John’s
and the health of our patients,” said Dr.
Christopher J. Parker, RN, NEA-BC,
CHCQM, executive vice president and
chief operating officer. “She is a natural
leader who inspires others through positive
interaction and the tireless example
she sets with her own work ethic.”
Af ter receiving a St. John’s recruitment
brochure in her native country of
the Philippines, Zabala began her career
at St. John’s in 1988. She left her family
and friends to take a chance at establishing
a life in the United States. Upon her
arrival, the hospital arranged for her to
live with a family in the Rockaways for
six months while she adjusted to her new
life and role at St. John’s.
“Throughout the 30 years I have spent
at St. John’s, I had the good fortune
of having excellent mentors including
former Chief Nursing Of f icer Gwen
Pinckney, and our Chief Operating Officer/
Former Chief Nursing Officer, Dr.
Christopher Parker,” Zabala said. “I will
never forget how nicely I was embraced
by the Rockaway community when
I came to the U.S. without my family
and friends. I feel as though I owe this
community a great deal, and this is what
continues to motivate me to help those
Celebrating more than 110 years of
community care, the 257-bed St. John’s
Episcopal Hospital is the only hospital
providing emergency, inpatient and ambulatory
care to the densely populated,
underserved communities on the Rockaway
Peninsula. The facility provides
comprehensive preventive, diagnostic,
treatment and rehabilitative services,
regardless of ability to pay.
Photo courtesy of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital
Hermelina Zabala is appointed as St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s new senior VP and chief nursing offi cer.
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