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Nursing Leadership

Embodying the Best of Montefiore

Montefiore nurses are integral members of the interdisciplinary patient care team and are recognized for their unique, binding role. Partners in every sense of the word, our nurses work closely and collegially with physicians and other professionals to maximize outcomes and steer our  patients to a healthy, productive future.

The leaders of Montefiore Nursing reflect the institution’s unwavering dedication to the highest caliber of clinical care and proactive, positive community involvement. They believe that nursing here epitomizes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary commitment to the highest standards of professional practice, education and research.

Providing a Clear Path to Excellence

Montefiore’s management team leads by example. They are accessible, inspirational and forward-thinking—and are focused on transforming care.  In doing so, our leaders work closely with nursing leadership to articulate best practices and provide a clear path to excellence. In turn, nurses  are rewarded  for the contributions they make to advance their individual areas of expertise, as well as the profession as a whole.

Continually Advancing Our Nurses and Profession

Collectively, our nursing leaders have practiced throughout the world of medicine—from pediatrics to cardiology, oncology, emergency medicine, surgery and critical care. Our nursing leaders work closely with their staff, motivating them to constantly raise the bar for daily patient care. As such, they are vital to implementing Montefiore’s strategic vision and consolidating our position as a premier academic medical center.

Maureen Scanlan, RN, MSN-BC
Director of Nursing Informatics and Decision Support
Interim Lead Administrative Nurse

As Director of Nursing Informatics, she works in collaboration with the Montefiore Information Technology  to develop and execute division-wide strategies that leverages innovative technology to advance the efficiency and accuracy of nursing practice and patient care.

As Interim Lead Administrative Nurse, Ms. Scanlan provides strategic oversight of nursing across the medical center engaging the  nursing staff across the continuum of care and working collaboratively with medical staff and peer administrators to ensure the highest quality of care. She has implemented various data driven initiatives to assist with the maintenance of quality Nursing care at Montefiore. In addition, she is focused on the education, training and professional development of the Nursing staff with current, new and developing technologies.

Ms. Scanlan began her Nursing career at Montefiore in 1992 as a staff nurse.  She has held a variety of progressive leadership positions such as  Assistant Director of Nursing and Administrative Nurse Manager. She also served as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Mount Saint Vincent and currently serves as Honorarium lecturer at Columbia University Teacher’s College.

Ms. Scanlan is a graduate of the College of Mount Saint Vincent where she obtained both her Baccalaureate and Master of Science degrees in Nursing. She holds a post master’s certificate in Nursing Informatics from Duke University and maintains certification from ANCC.

Catherine Cahill, RN-BC, MS
Director of Clinical Services, Children’s Hospital  and Dialysis Service  

Catherine Cahill began her nursing practice at Montefiore in 1972, specializing in pediatrics and ambulatory care nursing. As an associate of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, she is a member of the Bioethics Committee and a bioethics clinical consultant, and she participates in nursing and medical education.

Ms. Cahill received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the City University of New York Lehman College and a Master of Science in Health Care Adminstration from Iona College.    She also obtained  a postgraduate certificate in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

Myrna Capabianco, RN, MSN, PCCN, NEA-BC

Myrna Capabianco, RN, MSN, PCCN, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing, Einstein Campus

Myrna Capabianco earned her Bachelor of Science from Long Island University. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Nursing, Health Systems Administration from Seton Hall University and a post-graduate certificate in Healthcare Informatics from Drexel University.

She began her career as a staff nurse at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. There, Ms. Capabianco developed her administrative career in nursing and operations as Clinical Coordinator, Nurse Manager, Director of Nursing and most recently, Director of Clinical Programs, where she oversaw the neurology and pediatric service lines.

In 2013, she joined Montefiore. Her area of responsibility at the Einstein campus includes: Heart/Telemetry, Critical Care, Oncology, Surgery and Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine.  Ms Capabianco is active in healthcare organizations, serving in various roles including as membership chair and first member-at-large with the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has also served as President Elect, President and Immediate Past President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Jeanne DeMarzo, RNC, MSN
Director of Nursing, Einstein Campus

Jeanne DeMarzo began her nursing career at Montefiore in 1983 and has extensive experience in the Maternal Newborn Services/Regional Perinatal Center and in the Departments of Medicine, Oncology and Rehabilitative Services.

She serves as leader of Montefiore's Skin Collaborative Initiative, and is an active member of numerous organizational committees such as the Einstein Patient Experience Committee, the TJC Regulatory Team, the Provision of Care Committee, the OB Safety/TEAMSTEPPS Initiative, the Breast Feeding Initiative, and the Patient Safety Committee. In addition, she is involved in departmental quality improvement programs for the NICU, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Medicine and Emergency Management.

Ms DeMarzo received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing and Nursing Administration from the College of New Rochelle, where she serves on the Advisory Committee for the School of Nursing.  Professionally, she is a member of the American Association of Nurse Executives, the New York Association of Nurse Executives, and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Justine Huffaker, RN, MSN, FNP
Director of Nursing, Moses Campus

Over the course of her nearly 30 years at Montefiore, Justine Huffaker has demonstrated excellence in team building, strategic planning, operational planning, and financial and quality management. Ms. Huffaker led an organizational effort to  develop a recruitment plan for nursing as well as  a communications strategy to foster leadership among nurses. Previously, she served as Interim Chief Executive and worked as clinical director of nursing for Surgery, where she implemented Grand Rounds for clinical areas, recruited and on boarded key  administrative nurse managers, and coordinated development of policies and procedures for the liver transplant program.  Additionally, she has  implemented a  Preoperative Joint Education Program for elective orthopaedic patients.

Ms. Huffaker  received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science as  family nurse practitioner from Pace University.

Elodia Mercier, RNC, MS
Director of Nursing, Moses Campus

Elodia Mercier earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, a master of science from Iona College, and a post-master's certificate from Pace University. She began her career at Montefiore in 1984 in the Department of Neurology, advanced to Geriatrics and acquired certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in gerontology.

Ms. Mercier developed Montefiore’s SHHH (Silent Hospitals Help Healing) program and other key initiatives. She is an active participant in the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s mentorship program that pairs successful alumni/trustees and friends  of the College with bright, dedicated students eager to gain skills and insight that will allow them to channel their passion and talents into successful  satisfying careers.

In 2011, Elodia was the recipient of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) award for her participation in community affairs.

Joan O'Brien, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Director of Nursing, Wakefield Campus

Joan M. O’Brien, MSN, RN, NE-BC began her nearly 30-year career with Montefiore in 1987, as the nursing service associate for a new AIDS program—now called the Center for Positive Living. In this role, she collaborated with the New York State Department of Health and city hospitals to develop the state’s standards of care for patients with HIV before going on to become the nurse manager for the retro-virus care unit, renal inpatient and hemodialysis unit.

Ms. O’Brien  became the clinical nurse coordinator for Montefiore’s clinical information system in 1995. Five years later, she was named Director of Nursing for the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care. Montefiore’s Heart Transplant and LVAD program was established in collaboration with physician leadership during her time as the clinical nursing director.

Today—as the Director of Nursing for Montefiore’s Wakefield Campus, a position she’s held since May 2011—Ms. O’Brien is responsible for overseeing clinical nursing operations, assisting in the crucial development of high performing healthcare teams with the primary focus of improving the patient and staff experience, clinical outcomes and patient throughput. In 2012, Wakefield received the distinction of top improver in patient satisfaction from Press Ganey.

Ms. O’Brien also has the distinction of participating in The American Nurse Project, photographer Carolyn Jones’ acclaimed book and video project featuring photographs and narratives depicting the profession through the eyes of professionals from across the country.

Linda Zieman, RN
Director of Nursing, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Linda Zieman, holds a master of science in business and leadership management and is completing a second master's degree in nursing and health systems management at Drexel University. Linda has more than 20 years of progressive business and nursing leadership in the healthcare industry.

Linda began her career as a nurse in a surgical intensive care unit at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, followed by a long career at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Linda also served as a service line leader for many years, where she honed her business skills. These experiences offered her firsthand knowledge about the importance of nursing in the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered, cost-effective care, allowing her to support nursing practice improvements through transformational leadership.