Healthlink Advisors is proud to welcome Yolanda G. Smith, RN, MSN, as our Chief Clinical Officer. Smith brings an impressive breadth and depth of expertise spanning 35 years of stellar professional contribution to the healthcare industry. 

Yolanda Smith began her career as an ICU nurse and became a clinical care educator serving on faculties at Long Island College Hospital, Long Island University, Hunter College, Maimonides Medical Center, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She also served as curriculum developer and trainer for SEIU 1199, creating and implementing extensive and intensive in-services, curricula, and seminars throughout New York State for hospitals and healthcare systems across the care continuum. Smith transitioned to consultancy, founding three sector-specialized firms addressing wellness coaching, clinical documentation review and precision medical-legal analysis, and healthcare business change management. Most recently, she has directed her considerable skills toward operational care delivery redesign for Hospital at Home (H@H) and Community Care enablement, strategy, and performance. Smith is also completing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Healthcare Systems Leadership Specialty Track at Chamberlain University, where she expects to graduate in August 2022.

Smith is passionate about positive healthcare industry transformation and H@H, clinical workforce education and enablement, and whole-human development. She regularly advocates for the monitoring of clinician burnout and addressing its impact on safe, quality patient care delivery. Though obviously driven, Smith urges those around her to find and practice joy outside of medicine, leads a caffeine-free lifestyle, and is intentional about making time for walking in the park and enjoying her family. 

We believe Smith perfectly embodies Healthlink Advisors’ five core values: excellence in work and reputation, learn and grow, be accountable, lead and collaborate, and have fun — bring joy, find joy, enjoy! Her motto: Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. She describes herself as enthusiastic, open-minded, and versatile —  and is excited to lend her skills to our team. 

In short, Smith is a dedicated healthcare leader and contributor, passionate clinician, active listener, and analytical thinker. She respects and values others’ viewpoints, encourages people and organizations to cultivate their strengths, and motivates others to believe in the work they contribute. 

Her expertise and guidance as Chief Clinical Officer will enhance the value we bring to our clients, and strengthen our counsel with a wealth of practical experience and deep understanding. We are thrilled to welcome her to Healthlink Advisors!