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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Names New Chief Diversity Officer

February 12, 2014
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Ryan Parker has been named Chief Diversity Officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH). Parker joined RWJUH in August 2013 as Director, Diversity and Inclusion, and assumes his new role in addition to that position.
“His background and understanding of healthcare diversity has been vital for the hospital to expand and define our diversity and inclusion goals and objectives,” said RWJUH President and C.E.O. Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, who served as the hospital’s Chief Diversity Officer since 2011. “As we approach the end of the current three-year diversity and inclusion plan, Ryan will lead the expansion of that plan into an integrated diversity and inclusion strategy.”
Under Parker’s leadership, the hospital has established a Center for Diversity and Inclusion; transformed our Employee Network Resource Groups into Business Resource Groups for employees; and expanded the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee into a Diversity and Inclusion Partnership Council, which consists of a variety of stakeholders that collaborate on internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives.
“Robert Wood Johnson’s diversity and inclusion journey had a very solid start, originating at least 20 years ago through programs like our Health Professions Scholars Program in partnership with New Brunswick Health Science and Technology High School and our many community health programs focused on eliminating health disparities. As we move toward the next phase of our journey, I’m invested in building upon those efforts to execute a strategy that further hardwires diversity and inclusion as RWJUH continues its path of being a consciously inclusive organization.”
Parker, who resides in New Brunswick, came to RWJUH after successfully leading similar initiatives around diversity and inclusion for some of the nation’s leading universities and academic medical centers , including, most recently the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he supported the Human Resources – Enterprise Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He also worked within the Diversity Policy and Programs Division at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C.
He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Jacksonville State University and is currently pursuing his Master in Health Administration degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.


About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, treating over 3 million patients a year. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations. 

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding quality and safety.

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, N.J.  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 RWJUH(  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.

As a Level I Trauma Center and the first 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 at Robert Wood Johnson University 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 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 RWJUH 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.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is ranked no. 19 in Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2015 rankings for “50 Out Front Companies for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work” and also is recognized by the magazine in its “Top 10 Best in Class: Succession Planning and Accountability.”