Jose M. Hernandez, MS, BS, RN,
is Vice President for Perioperative Services at NYU Langone Hospital, Brooklyn. He joined Lutheran Medical Center as Director for Surgical Services in 2003, and continues with expanded administrative responsibilities following the hospital's affiliation with NYU Langone Health.
Jose's scope of responsibilities includes 12 operating rooms, a 3 Endoscopy procedure room suite, a 30-bed Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, an Ambulatory Assessment unit, a Pre-Admission Testing unit, and a preoperative business office.
Jose began his career as a certified phlebotomy technician. Three years later he earned an associate degree in applied science with a major in surgical technology from Nassau Community College. He then began working as a certified surgical technologist in North Shore University Hospital's operating room in Manhasset, NY.
Desirous of a career with more direct patient interaction, Jose enrolled at Adelphi University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, cum laude, from the Marion S. Buckley School of Nursing in 1995. He also holds a Master of Science degree in healthcare administration from Long Island University. He garnered the distinction of attaining a GPA of 3.96, the highest in the Master's program.
As a nurse, Jose has held increasingly responsible positions at North Shore, rising from staff nurse to assistant director of patient flow in the operating room, then on to nurse educator and eventually to administrative director for preoperative services. In 2001 he was named assistant administrator for nursing in charge of Preoperative and Diagnostic Services at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Rounding out his commitment to direct patient care, Jose has participated in 32 volunteer surgical missions overseas in Romania, Italy, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Canada, Jamaica, Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
As a skilled nurse, Jose has travelled to the poorest of the world, assisting surgeons operating on children with facial deformities, burns and other surgically correctable conditions.
Congratulations on this Well Deserved Award