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RWJUH Board of Directors Elects New Brunswick Resident Mario Vargas Its Board Secretary

May 17, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has elected New Brunswick resident Mario S. Vargas Secretary of its Board of Directors. An RWJUH Board member since 2011, Mr. Vargas currently serves as Executive Director of PRAB, Inc. in New Brunswick.
 
“It is a privilege for us to have Mario assume this role on our Board,” said John Lumpkin, MD, MPH, Chair of RWJUH’s Board of Directors. “Mario brings a depth of experience and a unique perspective on health and social issues affecting the residents of the communities we serve. We look forward to benefitting from his knowledge and expertise.”
 
In addition to his new role on RWJUH’s Board of Directors, Vargas currently serves as Chair of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee and is an active member of the Finance, Executive and Community Relations committees.
 
While serving on the Community Relations Committee, Vargas has been a key ambassador for the hospital’s annual prostate cancer screening program, among many other outreach initiatives. Vargas has encouraged men in his community to be screened and has participated in hospital public service announcements as well as community outreach events to spread the message about the importance of early detection.
 
His roots in New Brunswick and at RWJUH run deep as Vargas began his career working as a hospital patient representative.
PRAB, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides services to improve the quality of life of the low income population of central New Jersey in a bilingual and bicultural setting, and continues its historic role an advocate for the Latino community.  PRAB Inc.’s services include early childhood education, youth development, job development assistance, home energy assistance and weatherization services, housing, community advocacy, and other social services to economically disadvantaged individuals and their families.  PRAB Inc. serves all people regardless of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, familial status, sex, sexual orientation or functional impairment.
 
Prior to joining PRAB, Inc., Vargas was employed by New Brunswick Tomorrow as the Director of Operations and Communications. New Brunswick Tomorrow is a non-profit organization established more than 30 years ago to foster public/private networks of agencies, institutions and organizations to help improve the quality of life for the people in the City of New Brunswick. Vargas also serves as the Chairperson of the Hispanic Director’s Association of New Jersey. The association’s mission is to further the progress of New Jersey's Hispanic Community through cooperation among its members and collaboration with other organizations.
 
In addition, Vargas was employed by INROADS/Central New Jersey, Inc., an international career development organization that places talented minority college students in the business industry.
 
Vargas graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts, and was conferred a Masters Degree in Public Affairs and Politics from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning. Vargas was a co-founder of the Rutgers Latino Student Council and the University’s Center for Latino Arts and Culture.  He has also served on the Board of the Center for Latino Arts and Culture at Rutgers University.  He is an alumnus of the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development at the Department of Community Affairs.
 
Currently, Vargas is an ordained Elder and the Vice President of the Consistory (Board Chair) at Suydam Street Reformed Church located in New Brunswick.
 
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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 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 has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

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 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.