Paula Fessler

Paula A. Fessler, RN, BSN, MSN, MS, FNP-C, has more than 20 years of clinical experience and a passion for leading teams to deliver high-quality, compassionate patient care. Ms. Fessler oversees all nursing operations at WMCHealth flagship Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center in Valhalla, as well as MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie. One of her primary goals is to support nursing team members at all levels with the guidance and resources to be successful in the critical work they do. She believes strongly that employee talent development and innovation are the keys to success, and she prioritizes working directly with nursing teams to meet common goals. 

Most recently, Ms. Fessler served for four years as Vice President of the emergency medicine service line at Northwell Health, overseeing 17 emergency departments and numerous urgent-care facilities. Her clinical experience also includes roles at the Mayo Clinic, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the University of Rochester Medical Center. After earning an undergraduate Nursing Degree at Syracuse University, Fessler earned a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Duke University and a Master of Science Degree with an emphasis in Healthcare from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.

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