TBHC Welcomes New Senior VP of Nursing

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TBHC Welcomes New Senior VP of Nursing

August 1, 2005

Mrs. Opal Sinclair-Chung has recently joined The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) as Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer. A senior healthcare executive with over fifteen years of progressive experience in nursing operations and patient care management, Ms. Sinclair-Chung holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Healthcare Administration, with a Minor in Community Health from Long Island University. In addition, she has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Masters of Science Executive Program for Nursing & Health Care Management at Long Island University. She also holds a certificate from the Sarah Cole Hirsch Institute for Best Nursing Practice Based on Evidence from the Case Western Reserve University.

Mrs. Sinclair-Chung has conducted numerous operational and organizational feasibility studies to evaluate nursing services throughout a hospital network, and has demonstrated success in recruiting and motivating staff, as well as in executing operational functions under budget and above standard.

In her last position as the Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. Mary's Hospital, Mrs. Sinclair-Chung planned, organized, implemented, controlled and coordinated all aspects of nursing and patient care activities, and participated in the development of strategic plans, goals and objectives for the 269-bed hospital.

Mrs. Sinclair-Chung is a member of the New York Organization of Nurse Executives; a member of the Brooklyn Nursing Partnership Group, and a member of the Advisory Board Nursing Executive Center. She has also served as a member of the Brooklyn Borough President's Nursing Capacity Team Taskforce. Mrs. Sinclair-Chung is listed as an honored member in the 2004-2005 Empire Who's Who Registry of Executives and Professionals, and is a recipient of Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.'s 2005 Community Service Award. She was a keynote speaker for the graduating class of Bronx Community College, class of 2000 - Alma Mater and the Catholic Medical Center School of Nursing, class of 2002. In addition, she was featured in the May edition of Advanced Nursing in an article entitled, "Nurse Executives Giving Back". Mrs. Sinclair-Chung is married to Derek Chung, M.D. and has two sons, Derek Jr. and Dustin.

When asked what her future goals and visions are for TBHC's Nursing Department, Mrs. Sinclair-Chung explained, "My desire is to deliver excellence in patient care. I want us to deliver the best nursing care possible to all patients who enter our institution. I want them to leave with the impression that TBHC is their premier institution of choice for healthcare." Mrs. Sinclair-Chung said that she wants the nursing staff to be proud of their professional practice and continuously strive to deliver quality in their practice and commitment to caring. Added Mrs. Sinclair-Chung, "We want to design a patient care delivery model that is patient-centered and patient-focused. In order to implement this design, we need to educate and provide the staff with the necessary tools to accomplish the established goals. The first tool will begin with proper customer service skills. Ultimately, this will position TBHC as a leader in healthcare moving into the future. By implementing a model that matches our strategic initiatives, I see The Brooklyn Hospital Center becoming the #1 hospital in Brooklyn."

Mrs. Sinclair-Chung also noted the attributes that drew her to TBHC, explaining, "The notable qualities of TBHC begin with Mr. Samuel Lehrfeld, the Board of Trustees, and his team of Senior leaders. The leaders impressed me with their broad vision of what needs to be accomplished to better serve the community and attain the hospital goals. I was also impressed with the level of commitment and dedication to the community expressed by the medical staff. Another factor that attracted me to TBHC is the fact that the hospital itself is well-positioned for the future of health care in Brooklyn. Its geographical location, its commitment towards excellence, and outreach for the betterment of the community are qualities that I value as Chief Nursing Officer. I hope to continue these trends in my department by focusing on the quality and excellence of our clinical care as well as TBHC's deep-rooted mission, vision, values, and our excellent service. I am very happy to be a part of such a great organization and team and am committed to making a difference."

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