Inspired by the love she has for working with people, Margaret Mazzola-Nielsen spent more than two decades as a health care administrator before retiring. Through years of experience, she became an expert in health care administration, event planning, and project and emergency management. In a typical week, Ms. Mazzola-Nielsen’s responsibilities included collaborating with the chief medical officer and the chief of staff to achieve the goals of the organization, managing projects, interacting with physicians, monitoring policy compliance, and participating in grant applications and renewals.
The biggest challenge Ms. Mazzola-Nielsen faced in her career was dealing with all the different levels of management in health care. She utilized her strengths in managing projects, organization, and multi-tasking to succeed however. One of the highlights of her career was participating in the preparation of the application and related organizational data to help win the Codman Award for Staten Island University Hospital in 2006.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Mazzola-Nielsen earned a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in health care management from Long Island University in 2001, and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from St. John’s University in 1995. She is also a notary public in the state of New York, and is a certified medical transcriber. Additionally, Ms. Mazzola-Neilsen completed an internship at Staten Island Hospital, and worked with the president, who made her see how much she enjoyed the health care field. She hopes to be remembered as someone who always helped people in their time of need. Ms. Mazzola-Nielsen is charitably involved with Project Hospitality, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, Staten Island Auxiliary, and Edgar Hospital. Furthermore, she participates in fundraising events at her son’s school, is a class mother at Staten Island Children’s Academy, and is an honored member of The International Women’s Leadership Association.
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