Dr. Sandra Lindsay, St. Joseph’s College ’98; Lehman College ’10

Director, Patient Care Services, Department of Critical Care, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Northwell Health
First in U.S. to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Sandra Lindsay NorthwellDr. Lindsay has more than 27 years of nursing experience, most of which have been in critical care. On December 14, 2020, she became the first person in the United States to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Raised in Jamaica by their grandparents, Lindsay and her siblings moved to the United States in 1986. In 1993, Lindsay graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College as valedictorian of her nursing program. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s College; a master of science in nursing from Lehman College; and a master of business administration from Hofstra University. In May 2021, Lindsay completed a doctor of health sciences degree with a concentration in global health and organizational behavior and leadership from A. T. Still University.

She began her career at Northwell Health’s Lenox Hill Hospital as an oncology nurse and soon after moved to critical care, where she advanced into multiple leadership roles before becoming, in 2016, director of Patient Care Services in the Critical Care Department of Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

After receiving the first COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S., Lindsay became a vocal advocate in support of the vaccine and dispelling misinformation, medical research and global equity. She has been recognized by President Joe Biden at the White House, has met with the president of the United Nations and prime minister of Jamaica. She continues to focus her efforts both at home and across the globe.

Northwell Health

Northwell LogoNorthwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals, 850 outpatient facilities and more than 12,000 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 79,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,900 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu and follow us @NorthwellHealth on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

St. George's Society of New York

Saint Georges Society Founded on St. George’s Day in 1770 by English settlers in Manhattan, St. George’s Society of New York is the second oldest charitable organization in New York City. SGSNY is a community of people helping people–delivering care, comfort, and kindness in New York. For more than 250 years, SGSNY has been a consistent thread in the ever-changing fabric of the NYC. 

SGSNY’s programming has evolved to meet the changing needs of the local community, and today, their focus is on:

Increasing education equity through financial aid and professional development for undergraduate CUNY students from under-resourced communities.

Protecting seniors from homelessness, isolation, and neglect—enabling them to age with dignity and respect.

For more information on St. George’s Society of New York, visit www.stgeorgessociety.org

With Special Recognition of

Dr. Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Alicia Georges Dr. Catherine Alicia Georges, a professor and chairperson of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College, is a leader in academic nursing, health policy development, community engagement, organizational development, and healthy aging. Her leadership in these areas is known nationally and internationally through her service as a member of health policy boards, health care delivery boards, professional organizations, governmental boards, and the world’s largest consumer organization board of directors.  She is committed to assuring social justice and equity for under-resourced communities.

Dr. Georges served as the national volunteer president of AARP from 2018-2020. AARP is the world’s largest consumer organization. She served as the fifth president of the National Black Nurses Association and is the president of the National Black Nurses Foundation. She is a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and an honorary member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority.  In October 2021, Dr. Georges became chair of the National Easter Seals Board. She is the first black female volunteer to serve as chair in the 100-year history of the organization. Dr. Georges is a fellow of the NY Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing.  In 2019 she was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing. In June 2020, she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Seton Hall University. In October 2021, she received the Academy of Nursing Lifetime Legacy Achievement Award.

Dr. Georges is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, the American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, and is a National Association of Corporate Directors Leadership Fellow.

Dr. Georges received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Seton Hall University, College of Nursing, a Master of Arts degree in Community Health Nursing Administration, and supervision from New York University, School of Education, Division of Nursing, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont.

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