September 14, 2023 BK LI

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – September 14, 2023 – St. Joseph’s University, New York (SJNY) is pleased to announce that Maria Fletcher, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., associate dean for nursing and associate professor, has been selected to receive a 2023 Herald Excellence in Healthcare Award from Herald Community Newspapers and Richner Communications, Inc., for her dedication and commitment to making a difference in the health and wellbeing of others. Dr. Fletcher will receive the award on Wednesday, September 27 at the Heritage Club in Farmingdale.

“I have been privileged to know Dr. Fletcher for many years and she is deserving of this award for her many contributions to the healthcare field,” said Eileen White Jahn, Ph.D., executive dean of SJNY’s Long Island campus. “She brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion and dedication to our Department of Nursing and the St. Joseph’s community is fortunate to benefit from her many years of experience. Congratulations, Dr. Fletcher and all of this year’s honorees.”
Dr. Fletcher has worked extensively in many areas of nursing, including public health and maternal and child health, and has been an instructor at St. Joseph’s University, New York since 1989, assuming increasing responsibility in the Department of Nursing, while serving on multiple committees and task forces at the University. Dr. Fletcher currently serves as Associate Dean for Nursing of the Department of Nursing for both the Brooklyn and Long Island campuses, overseeing all undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Dr. Fletcher is involved in community service and served for 11 years on the Boards of Education for the Valley Stream School District 30 and Valley Stream Central High School District. She also volunteered and served as President of the New York State Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at the local, regional and state levels, in addition to serving as an appointed member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program Planning Committee. Dr. Fletcher currently serves as the Treasurer of the New York State Council of Deans and Directors of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing Programs. She is a graduate of Hunter College, New York University and Adelphi University.

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St. Joseph’s University, New York has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the University provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through its Brooklyn, Long Island and online campuses, the University offers degrees in more than 100 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.