Nursing leader from NYU joins NJHA

The New Jersey Hospital Association announced a nursing leader from the Rory Meyes College of Nursing at New York University has joined its team.

NJHA CEO and President Cathy Bennett on Wednesday announced the hiring of Sandy Cayo as vice president of clinical performance and transformation, tasked with leading the Princeton-based not-for-profit trade association’s clinical efforts to improve care and health outcomes across the state.

Cayo, who served as a clinical assistant professor at NYU, is a family nurse practitioner who holds a doctorate in nursing from Fairfield University. She is also currently completing a PhD nursing research program at Duquesne University.

“We found the right nursing leader, and we’re thrilled to bring her to New Jersey,” Bennett said. “Sandy has a wealth of expertise spanning research, to social determinants, to global health. She is an excellent fit for NJHA’s focus on improving health not just in our health care facilities, but across New Jersey’s diverse communities.”

In this role, Cayo will lead efforts related to the clinical quality, patient safety, workforce, clinical education, research, licensure and regulatory issues related to the delivery of high-quality health care.

The NJHA also announced the following new roles:

  • Theresa Edelstein to senior vice president of the Center for Partnerships Transforming Health, tasked with overseeing an initiative to connect services for patients and residents throughout the continuum of care;
  • Karen Ali, formerly NJHA’s general counsel, has been named senior vice president of community partnerships, focused on advancing NJHA’s collaborations with stakeholder groups;
  • Mary Ditri to vice president of community health, responsible for advancing NJHA’s strategic efforts in behavioral health, substance use disorder and maternal/child health issues;
  • Abate Mammo has been hired as chief of health care informatics in the Center for Health Analytics, Research and Transformation;
  • Omna Syed has been hired as policy analyst.

“We are extremely fortunate to have these talented and versatile team members who bring experience, intellect, insight and – perhaps most importantly – a future vision for healthcare and a healthier population in our state,” Bennett said.