Joann Gull, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Joann Gull is the Chief Nursing Officer and Deputy Executive Director for NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, where she is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all functions of nursing and care coordination at one of the largest public hospitals in New York City. Her day-to-day responsibilities include overseeing a staff of over 2,000 and working closely with the hospital’s leadership team to advance patient-centered care initiatives and plan for strategic growth. She has extensive experience leading clinical care teams and implementing patient care models as well as attracting and retaining talented nursing staff.
Ms. Gull started her career with NYC Health + Hospital in 1968, when she entered Kings County Hospital’s School of Nursing. After graduating second in her class from nursing school in 1971, she joined Elmhurst Hospital as a staff nurse and steadily rose through the ranks to become a head nurse, a clinical supervisor, an Assistant Director of Nursing, and eventually the Deputy Director of Nursing for the hospital’s busy Medical/Surgical Unit in 1993. In this role she managed a number of special projects, including updating outmoded systems related to staffing and patient care, and helping to modernize nursing unit structures.
Following an additional two decades of progressively more responsible senior leadership positions at Elmhurst, she became Chief Nursing Officer and Deputy Executive Director in 2006. Throughout her career, Ms. Gull has been involved in many professional organizations, including the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Medical/Surgical Nurses, and the New York Organization of Nurse Executives. She has received numerous awards and recognitions during her nursing career, including the Fund for the City of New York’s prestigious Sloan Public Service Award, the Outstanding Nursing Leadership Award from the Brooklyn Catholic Nurses Association, and the Queens Health Network’s Outstanding Employee Award.
Ms. Gull has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College, and both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Hunter College. She is a Pennsylvania native but has proudly called the wonderful borough of Queens home for several years.