Northwell Health Nurse Choir’s journey to America's Got Talent

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The Northwell Health Nurse Choir’s journey began in 2020 when a group of motivated philanthropists and celebrities founded Nurse Heroes—a nonprofit initiative to help solve the global nurse shortage by raising awareness and providing much needed funds for nursing scholarships.


Nurse Heroes, in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer Emilio Estefan and Times Square Media Live, created and produced the inaugural Nurse Heroes Live! celebrity concert with performances by Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion, Gloria Estefan, Leslie Odom Jr., Stevie Wonder and many others—including the Northwell Health Nurse Choir. Broadcast on Thanksgiving Day 2020, the concert was hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg and has been viewed by over 10 million people to date.

Our singing Northwell nurses didn’t know each other before joining their voices to support Nurse Heroes—they came from different hospitals, nursing specialties and areas of New York. That’s when the power of music lifted their spirits and helped them forge a special bond—something they treasure, as the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging for nurses.

Northwell is grateful to Nurse Heroes, as well as the philanthropists and celebrities who produced the all-star concert, for providing our nurses with this opportunity. Particular thanks go to philanthropists Sandi and Bill Nicholson, Eliot and Lori Tawil and Times Square Live Media.

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, nearly 800 outpatient facilities and more than 14,200 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities.

Our 74,000 employees – 18,500 nurses and 4,500 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties.


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