PRINCETON, N.J. – Stephen K. Jones of Kendall Park, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Health System in New Brunswick, today was installed as chairman of the board of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), the state’s oldest and largest hospital and healthcare advocacy organization. The board chairman’s official installation, as well as the appointment of new board officers and members, was held during the NJHA’s 95th Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.
Jones succeeds outgoing chair Joseph P. Coyle of Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. In taking the reins of the NJHA board, Jones said “I believe that when future generations look back on healthcare’s history, 2014 will stand as a pivotal year as we continue to redesign our system of healthcare to preserve it for years to come and also promote health, wellness and access.”
Jones went on to say that key components of that redesign include improved care coordination, better integration of hospitals and other healthcare providers and patient engagement, including an emphasis on wellness and prevention.
“Our task at this historic juncture is achieving value in healthcare: Value, as in, that simple but sometimes evasive equation of better care at less cost,” said Jones.
Under Jones as board chair, the following officers also were appointed to the NJHA Board: Secretary Steven G. Littleson of Fair Haven, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Meridian Health; Treasurer: John A. Brennan, MD, MPH of Randolph, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Barnabas Health; Vice Chair Dr. Deborah K. Zastocki, RN, CNAA, BC, FACHE, of Randolph, Chilton Medical Center, Atlantic Health; and Chairman-elect Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, of Denville, Saint Clare’s Health System.
The following healthcare leaders also were appointed as new board members: Joseph W. Devine of Sewell, Kennedy Health System; James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, of Nutley, University Hospital; Lori Herndon, RN, BSN, MBA, of Brigantine, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Division; Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, of Cherry Hill, Cooper University Health Care, Cooper Health System; Barry S. Rabner of Skillman, Princeton HealthCare System.
Also, Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, of Morris Township, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack University Health Network; Linda A. Savino, MS, of Belmar, HEALTHSOUTH Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls; Frank Sheehy of Ridgewood, The Valley Hospital, Valley Health System; Kevin J. Slavin of Hackettstown, East Orange General Hospital; Patricia Steingall, RN, MS, NE-BC of Washington, Hunterdon Medical Center; and Ruth Schulze, MD, of Upper Saddle River, the Medical Society of New Jersey.
The New Jersey Hospital Association, based in Princeton, is the statewide advocate for its 108-member hospitals, its 300-plus post-acute members and the patients they serve.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.