Browning, born and raised in Woodside, entered healthcare administration as a vice president at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, and served as the deputy director for Long Island Jewish Forest Hills in 2004.
Following other positions held at Northwell Health during her 17-year tenure in the health system, including senior vice president at at Staten Island University Hospital and administrative vice president for the Health System’s neurosurgery, neurology, ENT and ophtalmology services, she returned to Long Island Jewish Forest Hills last year.
“My family and several friends are still in Woodside, I was married at Church-in-the-Gardens, I used to go to the Midway Theatre and Austin Street as a teenager,” Browning said. “Throughout my roles with Northwell, I’ve continued to do work on this campus, so this is a homecoming for me."
One of the programs that the hospital has been successful in implementing is the fast track emergency service, which is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Of the 55,000 visits per year to the emergency department, 11,000 of the patients are seen through fast track. Those who are fast tracked often enter with less complex issues such as an abrasion, rash, laceration, or minor injuries from a motor vehicular accident. Typical turnaround for a fast track visit is two hours.
The hospital’s location for fast track beds will soon be under construction. It’s just one of the changes being made to improve the hospital in order to best treat the community.
Another change includes development of an outpatient and inpatient state-of-the-art imaging center, opening in October, which will have equipment for MRIs and CT scans. Browning and her team have also begun planning for an expanded postpartum unit that will open in 2017.
The hospital is part of an $8.5 billion healthcare system that has every technology, service and knowledge available.
“Long Island Jewish Forest Hills is integrated into the broader healthcare system, and now that it has merged with Long Island Jewish Medical Center, an increasing number of employed physicians, who are faculty at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, are establishing expanded services on the campus and in the surrounding area,” Browning said.
It’s also her mission to communicate how the best care isn’t necessarily out in Manhattan or Long Island, but that it can be found at a community hospital.
For instance, Browning said that her hospital performs bariatric surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, colorectal surgery, breast surgery with microvascular reconstruction, and orthopedic surgery.
Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens residents can receive world-class care at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, Browning said.