Recognizing Newly Appointed Leadership at Valley

Congratulations to the following employees, who were promoted in 2022 to key leadership roles!

Bettyann Kempin

Bettyann Kempin, DNP, MS-HCM, RN, NP-C, CCRN-K, NEA-BC, FACHE

Vice President of Administration

In 2022, Bettyann Kempin was promoted to Vice President of Administration.

Bettyann Kempin came to Valley in 1990 as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and held multiple critical care service leadership roles, including becoming Assistant Vice President of Medical/Surgical Services in 2010. In 2019, she was appointed Assistant Vice President for Valley’s Oncology Services.

In her new role, Bettyann continues to cover the Oncology service line and now the Interventional service line. She works closely with the interventional team to prepare for the move to the new hospital in Paramus, as well as evaluate and expand services. She also continues to lead Valley’s COVID-19 vaccination initiative; under her leadership, more than 206,000 vaccines have been administered over the past two years. Bettyann is actively involved at the state level with the Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL), serving on the board of directors and as an active member of the Mentorship Committee. 

Donna Lagasi

Donna Lagasi, RN, BSN, MS-HCM, CNOR

Assistant Vice President of Interventional Services

Donna Lagasi was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Interventional Services.

Donna started her career at Valley in the Operating Room in 1984, advanced to Director of Perioperative Services in 2013, and then to Director of Interventional Services in 2021.

In her new role, Donna focuses on safety and reliability for the new interventional platform at The Valley Hospital in Paramus, as well as focuses on bringing teams together for the transition to our new campus in Paramus. As the teams come together, it will be important to align processes, learn from each unique care team and implement best practices.  

Sobeida Santana-Joseph

Sobeida Santana-Joseph, MSN, RN, NE-BC, OCN, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Executive Director of Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

In 2022, Sobeida Santana-Joseph was promoted to Executive Director of Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care.

Sobeida has been a Valley Health System leader for more than 12 years. As a healthcare advocate, Sobeida serves as an advisor for the American Cancer Society of New Jersey and is a member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

In her new role, Sobeida is responsible for the daily management and operations of oncology services at the hospital and at Luckow, including (but not limited to) Ambulatory Infusion, Radiation Oncology, Gamma Knife, the Boutique, supportive services, and the management of the hematology/medical oncology and surgical practices at the cancer center. She continues to be responsible for oncology accreditations and special programs.

Career Development Program

career developmentIn 2022, Valley Health System, in partnership with The Social Equality Council, introduced the Career Development Program, which was created to assist Valley employees who would like guidance, mentorship, and sponsorship on their career path.

Participants in this program are paired with a mentor who works with them to define a customized plan for their career growth. The mentor and employee work together, two hours a month, to define the employee’s career goals and identify/develop skills that align with their career objectives. Additionally, when appropriate, the mentor is an ally and advocate for the employee’s career advancement by actively endorsing the participant to pursue career development opportunities.

The inaugural class included 17 nurses, with two nurse mentees and 15 nurse mentors.

Participants also attend monthly didactic sessions on topics relating to career development, resume writing, interviewing skills, and presenting themselves professionally.

Learn more about the program by watching below!

HRO Safety Coach Highlight

HRO Safety and Reliability Coaches help Valley Health System continue its commitment to being a High Reliability Organization (HRO). These individuals are committed to improving safety and reliability in their department; recognizing, rewarding, and reinforcing good use of our Zero Harm/100% Reliability Error Prevention Tools; and peer coaching to prevent and correct at-risk behaviors.

Many Valley nurses have become HRO Safety and Reliability Coaches. Watch as Breanne Mastromarino, RN, talks about her role as a Safety Coach!