Ms. Pernice returned home in 2006 and experienced the "culture shock" most veterans have after combat. She finished her six years in the Army (required for radiology specialists) and enlisted in the reserves.
She also pursued full-time radiology positions and landed at Northwell in 2011, where she has carried compassion, empathy and sincerity into her work. Ms. Pernice took advantage of various leadership courses Northwell offers through the Center for Learning and Innovation, such as ALEAD and the High Potential Development Program. She is a Six Sigma greenbelt and she currently teaches Time Management for Business Professionals at CLI.
She has pushed successful initiatives, improved employee engagement and enhanced efficiency - earning Northwell's inaugural Leader of the Year President's Award.
"I was so honored and humbled," Ms. Pernice said of winning the award. "I initially thought I don't deserve this. I went around and thanked the team. Without them I am nobody. The great work they do all of the time makes this award very special."
Ms. Pernice has generated a significant list of accomplishments at Plainview and Syosset, including several reaccreditations for radiologic programs, achieving tier-1 employee engagement, establishing American College of Radiology Centers of Excellence and creating the Radiology Administrative Succession Program, a one-year curriculum for high potential radiology managers who want to grow into a director role.
She also oversaw Plainview's participation in the SPARK! Challenge and she has developed several team-building initiatives. Most importantly, she said, she's helped implement a culture of collaboration and quality service.
"Being out there and meeting others from different departments helps with team building," said Ms. Pernice, who earned an MBA from St. Joseph's College and is pursuing a PhD in Professional Studies at Pace. "We have a good rapport with everyone in the hospital. We service everyone."