Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Patricia A. Winston of SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn was named among the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal.

The award-winning business magazine for African-American professionals, corporate executives and business owners honored Winston for her exemplary contributions to the community.

“Growing up as the daughter of a nurse –my first role model — ensured that I remained committed to the ideals she taught me,” said Winston. “She taught me how important it was to share knowledge and wisdom with women because we can always impact significantly more lives when we are part of a village.”

Before joining SUNY Downstate, Winston served for five years as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at The Brooklyn Hospital, as well as the chief nursing officer for Universal Health Services in King of Prussia, PA, and at the George Washington University Hospital as a member of senior leadership. 

Additionally, she has served on numerous boards and in professional leadership capacities, including the American Nurses Association, Delaware Nurses Association, National Association of Health Service Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives,  American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Delaware Organization of Nurse Executives.

“This is a well-deserved recognition for Ms. Winston,” said SUNY Downstate president Wayne J. Riley. “This award is a testament to her hard work in serving the strategic direction and management of Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn and serving as a role model for women of color and women everywhere. We’re proud that she is among a cadre of phenomenal women who represent approximately 61 percent of the workforce here at Downstate, working tirelessly to provide quality patient care, education and research.”

Winston will be formally honored during Women’s History Month at the Annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 22. She also will be profiled in the spring 2019 issue of The Network Journal.

“I am humbled at this recognition, and I look forward to continuing along this path to helping other women achieve success,” said Winston.

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