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Through classes, workshops and other learning opportunities, the Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI) helps employees develop the knowledge, attitude and skills they need to support Northwell Health's strategic and business goals. CLI helps build a culture dedicated to innovation, continuous change, teamwork and excellence.

Our vision

We strive to be a leader in workforce development, a model provider of continuous organizational learning and a driver of system-wide cultural change.


The Center for Learning and Innovation is accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), the premier standard-setting organization for the field of continuing education and training. This accreditation confirms that CLI complies with the ANSI/IACET standard, internationally recognized as a certification of good practice. CLI is authorized to offer IACET continuing education units (CEU) for programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET standard. CLI’s Patient Safety Institute is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in the areas of assessment, teaching and education, and systems integration.

Building a vital healthcare system

An organization doesn’t learn; its people do. And Northwell Health’s mission, vision and values would be only words if not for the committed employees who live them and turn them into reality. The Center for Learning and Innovation provides the members of Northwell’s workforce opportunity for ongoing growth, fostering personal and professional development. We invite you to take advantage of the opportunities at CLI and rediscover the joys and benefits of learning.

Growing and thriving

As healthcare providers strive to flourish in today’s demanding environment and position themselves for long-term financial stability and growth, they sometimes attempt to enhance their competitiveness by merging. In many cases, that strategy has led to culture clashes, power struggles and failure. Thanks to Northwell Health’s strong and shared vision, a series of mergers has produced a strong but flexible organization that is suited to the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Formed in 1997 by the merger of Long Island’s two largest healthcare systems, Northwell Health includes 23 hospitals, 665 outpatient facilities and more than 18,500 affiliated physicians. The Center for Learning and Innovation is key to promoting Northwell’s vision to new and old employees and continually renewing the organization through ongoing learning.

Our goals

The Center for Learning and Innovation aims to:

  • Create a first-class organization through continuous learning 
  • Develop in employees the knowledge, attitude and skills needed to achieve the health system’s strategic and business goals 
  • Cultivate a cadre of leaders at all levels
  • Promote a culture dedicated to innovation, continuous change, teamwork and excellence

Educating for the future

Not long ago, the corporate university was considered a frill that only the largest multinational corporations could afford. Today, there are thousands of such institutions in the United States, established by employers in a wide variety of fields. No longer a luxury, the corporate university is increasingly viewed as a necessity in today’s competitive and constantly evolving environment. Leaders understand that in order to thrive, organizations must link their vision and goals to their employees’ personal and professional growth and achievement. These institutions, known as learning organizations, create opportunities for their employees to continually develop—and, in turn, the employees become the source of the organization’s competitive advantage.

In the news

Leaders from Epworth Healthcare, Victoria’s largest nonprofit health system, visited Northwell Health as part of a strategic alliance between the institutions. The visit included a two-week study tour, setting the stage for ongoing collaboration.

Moving patients is a big part of the job for hospital workers—and an easy way to get injured. The Safe Patient-Handling Olympics was a fun competition designed to showcase proper patient-handling techniques and celebrate the skills of our employees.

At Northwell’s Patient Safety Institute, digitally enhanced mannequins allow medics from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to practice emergency medical skills that may be critical during a real-world crisis.