Iris Berman, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, is the VP of telehealth services at Northwell Health. Having been a nurse for more than 30 years, she has experience in a variety of care settings that has given her a unique understanding of the needs of at-risk patient populations and the critical nature of patient access.
She started her career as a per diem nurse, which gave her the opportunity to work in a variety of environments, but it was Critical Care that called to her. After moving into a position in critical care, she became interested in at risk populations and volunteered to work on joint programs with her hospital and the American Heart Association. The health system supported her interest and the program continued to grow. She and her team developed a support program for patients with a variety of cardiac diseases.
While attending school for her MSN in nursing administration, she became the critical care educator for Glen Cove hospital, now a part of Northwell Health. This roll enabled her to work not only on site but to collaborate on system-wide task forces for things like stroke, CV disease and other best practice programs. While in this position, Berman wrote and successfully was awarded a grant to expand stroke education. Being an educator allowed her to use her years of nursing knowledge to help others both on the patient front and in nursing.
With a successful career as a health educator, Berman moved into hospital management. Through her involvement in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, she had been increasingly aware of tele-ICUs (eICU®). She became the director of this program at what is now Northwell Health. Berman is now VP for telehealth services at Northwell, where she leads efforts to ensure Northwell is a progressive, agile, and welcoming healthcare organization.