Wilhelmina M. Manzano
MA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Senior Vice President | Chief Nurse Executive & Chief Quality Officer
Assistant Dean of Nursing
Columbia University School of Nursing
President, Board of Trustees
Wilhelmina (Willie) Manzano, MA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN is Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive & Chief Quality Officer for New York-Presbyterian Health System Enterprise (NYP) and serves as Assistant Dean of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing.
As CNE & CQO, she leads the Department of Nursing, as well as quality, patient safety, performance improvement, infection prevention and control, and The Joint Commission and regulatory compliance for all eleven sites at NYP. In addition to her role as Chief Nursing Executive for NYP, she also held the position of Chief Operating Officer for NYP/Allen Hospital. Prior to joining NYP in 1998, Ms. Manzano held various leadership roles at several New York area hospitals.
Ms. Manzano is widely recognized for her transformational leadership that spans across service and academia. She founded the Center for Professional Nursing Practice at NYP to advance nursing and promote standardization and integration of best practices across the enterprise. The Center has repositioned and supported nurses to be leaders, innovators, teachers and mentors.
Ms. Manzano provides enterprise-wide leadership in the development and implementation of strategies to facilitate a patient-centered approach to care. She also sets the strategy and the direction for the journey towards Magnet® across the enterprise. She has been instrumental in the creation of many innovative programs and strategic partnerships to meet the dynamic needs of the nursing profession. She established joint faculty appointments for nurse scientists with Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON). Her vision led to the creation of the CUSON Masters in Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership (ACML) to enhance nurses’ abilities to assume leadership roles within health care settings, with an emphasis on care coordination.
Ms. Manzano received her BS in Nursing, MA in Nursing Administration, and Advanced Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from New York University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Program for Nurse Executives and the New York Academy of Medicine. She earned her Board Certification in Nursing Administration, Advanced (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, American Organization for Nursing Leadership, and the Philippine Nurses Association of America.
Ms. Manzano’s volunteer leadership included service on the board of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR), New York University College of Nursing and Women United in Philanthropy (United Way of NY). She currently serves on the Boards of the American Nurses Foundation, NYP/ Lawrence Hospital and Columbia University School of Nursing. She was recently recognized as one of Crain’s New York Notable Women in Healthcare for 2019.