COVID-19: What We Learned: Staffing/People Resources

  • June 24, 2021
  • 06:00-7:30PM
  • Virtual

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This panel will focus on what we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it affected staffing and resources. Many organizations had to make many changes to adjust during the pandemic and it has been a challenge. Attendees will learn how to provide strategies and tactics of how their organizations adjusted their staffing structure to ensure that the most appropriate level of care is delivered during a medical surge such as the COVID-19.

Date: Thursday, June 24th 2021
Time: 6:00-7:30pm ET

6:00-7:00 PM Panel Discussion
7:00-7:30 PM Q&A


Joshua Ratner, MPA
EVP, Chief Strategy Officer
Westchester Medical Center, a member of WMC Health

Mr. Ratner is responsible for developing clinical and corporate strategies across the 10 hospitals within WMCHealth and for identifying and disseminating new healthcare innovation. In this role, Mr. Ratner oversees Network affiliate relationships and provides strategic and operational oversight to WMCHealth’s Behavioral Health programs.

Mr. Ratner leads the Hudson Valley regional COVID-19 vaccination HUB and also serves on the boards of WMCHealth’s Bon Secours Charity Health System and HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. Mr. Ratner transitioned into his network role in January 2016 after his highly successful tenure at HealthAlliance.

Mr. Ratner secured his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Stony Brook University and his Master’s Degree in Public Health in Health Policy & Management from New York University.


Tomya Watt
Vice President Talent Acquisition and Mobility, Chief Diversity Officer
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Tomya Watt translates business strategy to people strategy using labor market data to drive decisions. As a leader, she views diversity and inclusion as an integral part of the overall talent strategy. Tomya is the VP of Talent Acquisition and Mobility and Chief Diversity Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Tomya is a trusted advisor to the organization on the full range of talent, striking a balance between what is right for employees and what is right for the organization. An inspirational, human capital leader with analytical skills, she has successfully built and led diverse teams through start-up, transformative change, and exponential growth. She transformed what was a traditional recruiting operation into a data-driven business partnership central to MSK’s innovation and growth strategy.

Throughout her career, Tomya has been recognized as an exceptional partner who seeks to discover the hidden potential in people. She is proud of the diversity of her team and the rich solutions that diversity creates. She thrives in conditions where she is tapping into all aspects of her global experience, including working in sales, strategic planning, and operational roles at JP Morgan Chase and Kelly Services before joining MSK.

Paul Maguire, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
The Maguire Group, LLC

Paul F. Maguire, FACHE is President & CEO of The Maguire Group, LLC. With 40 years of senior level executive leadership experience, Mr. Maguire has served as an Interim CEO and has lead successful strategic engagements in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Pediatric Specialty Hospitals, Physician Services Organizations, Executive Leadership Assessments, and Construction Project Management. Mr. Maguire holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York, a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Hofstra University, and is a NYS Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He has is Board Certified in Healthcare Administration and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has served as a Board Member, Officer and President of the college’s local chapter, The Healthcare Leaders of New York, and Adjunct Faculty at Hofstra University and Long Island University, CW Post Campus.

David Gill
AVP, Employee Experience
Northwell Health

David Gill is the Assistant Vice President, Employee Experience with Northwell Health in the New York Metropolitan area. Within this role, David champions workforce engagement by working to improve employees’ experiences from attraction to retirement.

David has responsibility for the strategy, development, implementation and ongoing execution of engagement initiatives and measurement, external and internal awards and recognition, and the sustainability of the employee value proposition. Key initiatives that he oversees are the internal innovation challenges, president’s award program and workforce and physician engagement surveys.

Prior to joining Northwell Health, David led the Human Resources Assessment and Selection function at Verizon Communications, which was responsible for the development, validation and implementation of the talent acquisition processes for hiring new employees. With over fifteen years of Talent Management experience and applied research across multiple industries, David’s areas of exercise include employee engagement and retention, talent identification, performance management and employee development. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial and Organizational Psychology and a certificate in Occupational Health Psychology from Kansas State University.

Sherly Demosthenes-Atkinson
CABS Home Care Services

Sherly Demosthenes-Atkinson was appointed CEO of CABS Home Attendants Service, Inc., in 2017. Sherly exemplifies CABS’ mission of social equity for all, including quality healthcare services. Prior to her appointment as CEO in 2017, she was the Executive Director from 2013 to 2017. Sherly also served as Associate Director of Case Management from 2006 to 2013, which gave her a great opportunity to absorb and develop much appreciation for not only from the client’s served perspective to the organizational behavior toward service delivery, but also the vision for streamlining and positioning the CABS organization and the CABS Team. As a result, Sherly played a pivotal role in establishing a transformational culture that has led to high performance in the homecare quality service delivery for approximately 1200 clients under multiple contracts.

Most notably, and for the first time, under Sherly’s leadership CABS was exposed to diverse market segmentations with various partnerships such as the NYC Health & Hospital Corporation (HHC), Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) to help stratify the agency’s revenue streams. In 2019, CABS acquired a two-year contract with the largest public housing authority in North America, NYC Department of Housing Authority (NYCHA,) as an external community partner to provide home care services to their residents. Sherly is a recipient of the 2019 Caribbean American Healthcare Award from Caribbean Life News for her devotion to Healthcare – and – a recipient of the New York City & State Responsible 100 Awards for Health Care. She continues to build and lead the CABS organization to new heights for success throughout New York City and Nassau County.

Sherly lives on Long Island, NY with her husband and their two children. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Hofstra University.

ACHE Qualified Education Credits:

As an independent chartered chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Leaders of New York is authorized to award 1.5 hours of ACHE Qualified Education credit toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have it considered for ACHE Qualified Education credit should list their attendance when they apply to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

After the event, you may claim ACHE Qualified Education Credits through logging into your ACHE account ( –> My ACHE –> Helpful Links –> My Education Credit.

This, and all our programs and events are made possible by the generosity of our 2020-2021 HLNY Corporate Sponsors who are ardent supporters of the healthcare executive profession.

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