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1979 Marcus Ave, 101
Lake Success, New York 11042

The Center for Learning and Innovation, through continuous learning opportunities, assists employees in the development of knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to support Northwell Health's strategic and business goals. The Center for Learning and Innovation promotes a culture dedicated to excellence, innovation, teamwork, and continuous change.

Our vision

The Center for Learning and Innovation will be a nationally recognized leader in workforce development, a model provider of continuous organizational learning, and a driver of system-wide cultural change.


The Center for Learning and Innovation has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, the Center for Learning and Innovation has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, CLI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Patient Safety Institute is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in the areas of Assessment, Teaching & Education and Systems Integration. SSH is an international organization that promotes improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment, and patient safety that promote competent and excellent patient care, including continuous measurements and improvements in patient outcomes.

The strength is in the system

In today’s economy, like other industries, healthcare providers are competing for customers and positioning themselves for long-term financial growth. In recent years, many hospitals have attempted to enhance their competitiveness, reduce costs and pool their resources by merging. The resulting culture clashes and power struggles have led to the failure of many. Few healthcare mergers have produced an organization as successful at Northwell Health.

Formed in 1997 by the merger of Long Island’s two largest healthcare systems, Northwell Health includes 15 hospitals, four long-term-care facilities, three trauma centers, dozens of ambulatory care centers and six home health agencies. Building upon the system’s strengths, the Center for Learning and Innovation focuses on expanding the learning capacity of the organization through a shared vision.

The employees are the system

An organization doesn’t learn; its people do. Northwell Health employees are its greatest asset. They are the system’s mission, vision and values in action. The basic premise of the Center for Learning and Innovation is that learning, through a diverse range of courses for all employees, fosters personal and professional growth and development. This knowledge, transformed into performance, advances the system’s strategic goals and objectives.

The Center for Learning and Innovation provides the opportunity for ongoing growth and development while transforming Northwell Health into a national healthcare leader in the 21st century. Together we will accomplish this by offering programs that are both relevant and exciting. Rediscover the benefits of learning.

Our objectives

Create a world-class learning organization
With the support of its employees, the objective of the Center for Learning and Innovation is to:

  • create a first-class organization of continuous learning 
  • develop in employees the knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to support the health system’s strategic and business goals 
  • invest in and develop a cadre of leaders at all levels; and 
  • promote a system culture dedicated to excellence, innovation, teamwork and continuous change.

Educating for the future

A little more than a decade ago, the corporate university was considered a “frill” that only huge, multinational corporations could afford. Today, there are more than 2,000 such institutions in the United States, established by employers in a wide variety of fields; it is estimated that the number will nearly double by 2010. A corporate university may be taught and managed entirely by the organization in its own facilities, or conducted in partnership with a college or commercial firm. No longer a luxury, the corporate university is increasingly viewed as almost a necessity in today’s rapidly changing economy.

Organizations that thrive tend to be those that have transformed their cultures by linking their vision and goals to their employees’ personal and professional growth and achievement. These organizations, known as learning organizations, create opportunities for their employees to become life-long learners. Ultimately, the employees become the source of the organization’s competitive advantage.


Kathleen Gallo, RN, PhD

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer,
    Northwell Health
  • Dean and Professor,
    Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
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Access iLearn

Northwell Health employees and members of the community can register for classes and seminars online. Employees must access iLearn through the Intranet.  Community members can register by clicking on the following link:

Guest registration

Honors & awards

Northwell Health's commitment to the advancement of medicine through education has garnered many national, state and local accolades honoring our facilities, programs and clinicians.

Find out more about the awards, distinctions, and accrediations we have received for superior healthcare.

Professional clinical education

Northwell Health gives students and healthcare professionals the opportunity to get quality clinical experience through a variety of training programs, including nursing fellowships, pharmacy and physics residencies and medicine internships.

1979 Marcus Ave , 101
Lake Success, New York 11042
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