Janice A. Halloran
Network Senior Associate Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, North Bronx Healthcare Network, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Janice Halloran has 24-hour operational responsibility for the emergency rooms at both Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx hospitals. These emergency rooms, including Jacobi's Level I Trauma Center, receive 175,000 visits annually. Possessing unsurpassed managerial skills and a commitment to innovation, Halloran ensures that everyone seeking care from the ER, including trauma patients, receives quality attention, as she did when the 23 victims of the horrific bus accident on I-95 were sent to Jacobi in 2011. "There is nothing Janice won't do, no job too large or too small, if it improves the way our hospitals run or the care our patients receive," says one colleague. Recognizing the frustration of patients entering an ER waiting room unsure of how long they must wait given that patient priority shifts constantly, Halloran created an electronic board to display ER wait times. These boards, which should be standard in all hospitals, allow patients to make a decision about whether to stay or seek treatment elsewhere. And her trailblazing qualities go beyond the emergency room. She is the Chairperson for Network Emergency Preparedness as well as the Bronx Emergency Preparedness Coalition, acting as the Bronx's go-to person for any disaster to strike New York City. When Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, Halloran was ready. For 96 straight hours, she never left Jacobi, working to care for patients evacuated from Bellevue and Coney Island hospitals and establishing a Special Medical Needs Shelter at Lehman College that housed, fed and cared for up to 600 people a day. As one network executive comments, "No one has a greater work ethic than Janice. She has integrity, character, and an amazing ability to get things done. Whenever there's a tough job, she's the first one to raise her hand."