Nina DePaola, MHA, PT
Vice President, Orthopedic Service Line
Vice President, Rehabilitation Service Line and Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation Services
Ms. DePaola has been with Northwell Health for 28 years. She oversees the orthopedics and rehabilitation service lines throughout Northwell Health and works with more than 300 orthopedic physicians, leadership, and more than 800 physical and occupational therapists throughout the continuum to build programs and businesses, assuring optimal service and quality of care. She collaborates closely with key service line leadership such as neuro/neurosurgery, oncology, cardiac, imaging and medicine.
Nina has served in a variety of positions including physical therapist, rehabilitation director, and administrator for the nationally known Bioskills Lab and Education Center. She also pioneered the creation of STARS (Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation Services) of the Northwell Health in 1995. These outpatient centers continue to grow and expand throughout our region. STARS offers specialty care and therapy for those with sports, spine, hand, orthopedic, neurological, and other specialty disorders. STARS works closely with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arthritis Foundation, and “Strength for Life” oncology wellness program to offer those in the community both wellness and fitness.
Staff engagement within rehabilitation operations are ranked in the 98th percentile nationally and patient satisfaction scores are consistently in the above 95th percentile.
She has received many honors and recognition in the field of rehabilitation and has initiated many processes which have enhanced care, increased market share, improved financial margins, and brought increased programs and services to patients and the community. Ms. DePaola has presented at both local and national conferences in the areas of both rehabilitation and orthopedics but has a particular fondness for education to the community – both in the prevention and management of musculoskeletal injuries.
Ms. DePaola obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy, with honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1987. She also holds a master's degree in public and healthcare administration from Long Island University, 1994 and was elected into the National Honor Society for public affairs and administration. Her continued education has been through attending and participating in more than 200 professional seminars and conferences.