PRINCETON, N.J., March 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A nursing leader from the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University will join the New Jersey Hospital Association to lead its clinical efforts to improve care and health outcomes across the state.
NJHA President and CEO Cathy Bennett today announced the hiring of Sandy Cayo, DNP, FNP-BC, as NJHA's vice president of clinical performance and transformation. Cayo, a clinical assistant professor at NYU, is a family nurse practitioner who holds a doctorate in nursing practice from Fairfield University. She also is completing her PhD in nursing research at Duquesne University.
"We found the right nursing leader, and we're thrilled to bring her to New Jersey," said NJHA President and CEO Cathy Bennett. "Sandy has a wealth of expertise spanning research, to social determinants, to global health. She is an excellent fit for NJHA's focus on improving health not just in our healthcare facilities, but across New Jersey's diverse communities."
In her new role, Cayo will lead efforts within NJHA and its Health Research and Educational Trust related to clinical quality, patient safety, workforce, clinical education, research, licensure and regulatory issues related to the delivery of high-quality healthcare.
Cayo's research focuses on social determinants of health, especially for African American patients who often face disparities in outcomes and access. She serves as an adviser and mentor for NYU student groups including Student Nurses for Advocacy & Policy, Black Student Nurses Association and Nursing Students for Global Health. She also serves as director of education for the Health Education Action League (HEAL) in Haiti and director of quality improvement and partnerships for Amazing Grace Children's Foundation in Ghana. She completes medical mission trips annually to both Haiti and Ghana.
Cayo, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., has racked up a long list of honors, including Top 45 Under 40 by the National Black Nurses Association, O Magazine's Nurse Hero recognition, and the Star Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence.
Cayo joins NJHA as the Association redefines several key roles to focus on priorities including social determinants of health and forging new collaborations to promote wellness for all New Jerseyans. The following NJHA team members are filling new roles and responsibilities in support of improved health for the people of New Jersey:
"We are extremely fortunate to have these talented and versatile team members who bring experience, intellect, insight and – perhaps most importantly – a future vision for healthcare and a healthier population in our state," said Bennett.
NJHA, based in Princeton, is a not-for-profit trade association committed to helping its members across the healthcare continuum provide quality, affordable, accessible care to their patients, residents and communities.
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