By Brandon Ortega
Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
For Stony Brook University’s newest assistant vice president, health care delivery is a team sport.
“When students are able to access one area of service, there is a warm handoff and there is a collaboration of having students be able to access another service, seamlessly, without fragmentation,” said Dr. Marisa Bisiani, assistant vice president for health, counseling and outreach services.
Bisiani, who started in the role in 2016, cited the relocation of health education services to the Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center as an example of giving students easier access to health services and integrating the units that report to her. She’s also instituted clinical health service hours at the center.
“There are students who would rather go to the campus rec center rather than 1 Stadium Road,” the address of Student Health Services, Bisiani said.
Among the health and wellness initiatives Bisiani highlighted is Let’s Talk, a Counseling and Psychological Services program that brings trained counselors into student spaces such as residence halls and dining centers.
“We want the students to continue to keep coming to us,” Bisiani said.
Bisiani earned a master’s degree in Science/Adult Nurse Practitioner and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Stony Brook University. Her return to the campus as an employee follows a career working in hospitals, including John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson and Brookhaven Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue.
“I’ve always known I wanted to be someone that wants to help people,” said Bisiani.
Bisiani said she has big plans to improve student health and wellness for the future.
“One of my long-term goals is to integrate medical services on campus,” Bisiani said. “From all these programs to a more collaborative approach.”