Profiles in Leadership: Stacey Petrower ’97
Stacey Petrower ’97 is on a mission. As president of NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor, NY, she wakes each day dedicated to providing the best possible environment for staff and patients.
“I’m committed to making [NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital] the best community hospital in the region.” she says.
Petrower is tenacious, and armed with the lessons learned from more than 25 years of experience and her Pace education, she is taking her organization–and future industry leaders–to new heights.
It was a summer job at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan that first introduced her to healthcare administration. When that experience eventually led to a full-time position, she was drawn in by the chance to have a direct, real-time impact on patient care.
It didn’t take Petrower long to discover that this exciting job opportunity also came with challenges. She was charged with managing several staff members, all of whom were already seasoned professionals. To succeed, she concluded that she would need education beyond her undergraduate degree. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Pace offered the instruction that she wanted and the flexibility that she needed. Petrower completed her degree while juggling a grueling commute and her job, acquiring the additional practical skills and knowledge that would allow her to thrive.
“Sitting in classrooms with people of all different ages, backgrounds and careers …
it really helped me to understand how to work with people that I didn’t know,” she says.
In 2003, she joined NewYork-Presbyterian as the director, graduate medical education, and later serving in management roles across the organization.
“Those were some of my most defining years,” Petrower says. “The people that I worked with were among the best in the industry. I had amazing mentors, who helped me navigate the complexities of different roles, and taught me that sometimes going out of your comfort zone will open a whole new set of doors.”
She also discovered how to take on whatever needs to be done–she once jumped in to fix a broken bedside table with her own screwdriver–and how to accept constructive criticism.
“That feedback is incredibly important if you are to evolve as a leader,” she says. “How do you improve if you’re not willing to hear the things that you need to work on?” she says.
Since she was officially named to her current role in 2016, Petrower has worked on expanding medical service offerings at her hospital, facilitating more transparency, and promoting a greater culture of respect by emphasizing the Respect Credo developed by the NewYork-Presbyterian organization.
Looking ahead, Petrower hopes to prepare and guide future hospital administrators by sharing her experience. At present, she serves as a member of Pace University’s Westchester President’s Council, and she was the featured speaker at the MPA Induction Ceremony in 2017.
“For me mentoring is not just a responsibility to the next generation of healthcare leaders, it’s also a privilege to be able to guide and prepare them to lead in this ever-evolving industry,” she says.