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Health Care Career Moves – February 2020

Finger Lakes Health has named JODI HEAVNER-ORTIZ nurse manager of Unit 1 at Geneva Living Center South in the transitional care program. She previously worked as a licensed practical nurse for the transitional care program at Finger Lakes Health for six years. During her most recent experience, Heavner-Ortiz was a clinical leader at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic, where she provided leadership on the medical/surgical and telemetry floors. She began her medical education at the Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing ,where she graduated in 2005 as class president. Heavner-Ortiz then earned her associate degree in nursing from Finger Lakes Community College before graduating from St. John Fisher College with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

BABETTE BURGAN, an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP), has joined Huntington Living Center. Burgan has worked in health care as a registered nurse for 11 years and as a licensed medical social worker for eight years. She has experience in acute care, psychiatry, and long-term care and is a basic life support (BLS)/CPR certified instructor and certified in advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS). She is also certified as an AGNP. Burgan completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Rochester, master’s degree in nursing from Keuka College, and master’s degree in social work from the College at Brockport and Nazareth College. She also has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Canisius College.

MANSOOR SHAHID has been named senior VP/COO at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). He will have system-wide responsibility for all clinical and support departments in addition to the MVHS cancer program, dialysis, and IT services. Most recently, Shahid was COO at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles, Missouri, where he worked closely with the nursing and finance departments. He previously served as COO at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee. Shahid received his master’s degree in health administration from University of Memphis and his bachelor’s degree in international studies from Hanover College in Indiana. He is also lean certified. Shahid’s primary office is located at the St. Elizabeth Campus and he is also available at the St. Luke’s Campus.


ELIZABETH SKINNER, D.O., has joined the MVHS Whitesboro Medical Office as a family medicine physician. Most recently, she was a family medicine physician for the Department of Veterans Affairs Donald J. Mitchell Clinic in Rome. Skinner previously worked at Well Span Health Spring Family Medicine in New Freedom, Pennsylvania for 10 years. She served in the U.S. Army as a family medicine physician in Fort Gordon, Georgia, as well as in Tuzla, Bosnia. Skinner received her bachelor’s degree in biology at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania.

ALICIA ELWOOD, a certified family nurse practitioner, has joined Rome Medical Practice’s obstetrics and gynecology practice, called All About Women. Elwood graduated from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing with a registered nursing degree. After eight years of nursing, including experience in pediatrics and home care case management, she earned certification as a family nurse practitioner at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Marcy.


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