Elizabeth Paskas is the administrative director of the Emergency and Trauma Center (ETC) and Observation Medical Services. She previously managed the Cardiothoracic Care, Coronary Care, Medical Intensive Care, and Surgical Intermediate Care Units at HackensackUMC. Ms. Paskas has led many unit-based improvement projects and succession planning efforts to establish sustainability in the Coronary Care Unit and Surgical Intermediate Care Unit. She was a former leader in the Capacity Management Department, where she introduced the Real Time Demand & Capacity (RTDC) throughput model. She designed many new processes and implemented policies to promote patient throughput.
Ms. Paskas enjoys working on improvement projects, leadership development and mentoring new or prospective nurse leaders.
In 2013, she joined the ETC, assisting in the reaccreditation of the Chest Pain Center, re-designing the emergency triage model and implementing the Emergency Department Residency Program for new graduate RNs.
Ms. Paskas is a member of the AllSpire Emergency Throughput Team. This partnership has led to additional improvement projects in the ETC, including the design of a policy that promotes patient satisfaction while reducing patient unit-to-unit transfers and the hospital-wide surge policy which reduces ETC diversions, which can negatively impact the community. She is actively involved with the AllSpire team, working on a strategic plan for integration of care, improving patient throughput experience and standardizing emergency room procedures of care.
Ms. Paskas has been recognized for service to the community, leadership and program development. In 2011, she received an Outstanding Community Member Award for grant writing and development of water well programs, schools/orphanage housing and churches across South Sudan from the Rainbow International, INC – Church of God. She was also nominated as a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, and she was recognized for Excellence in Nursing Leadership by HackensackUMC.
Ms. Paskas maintains board certification in nursing leadership and alumnus critical care nurse certification. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and Emergency Nursing Association (ENA).