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RWJUH Names Stephanie Conners Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

June 14, 2012
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has named Mullica Hill resident Stephanie D. Conners, RN, MBA, BSN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer.
Conners comes to RWJUH from Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, which is part of the nationwide Tenet Healthcare Corporation. She was a key member of the Hahnemann leadership team since 2002, starting as Director of Critical Care, progressing to Senior Director of Nursing, then advancing to her position of Chief Nursing Officer, a post she held since 2004.
Prior to joining Hahnemann, she served in a number of nursing leadership roles at Virtua Health System in southern New Jersey.
Beyond her career as a caregiver and seasoned nursing administrator, Conners is a Six-Sigma Black Belt and will work to advance Lean principles across RWJUH’s academic medical campus.
Conners has published in a variety of health care journals, addressing both clinical and managerial topics. She has also presented at national nursing conferences to advance nursing practice and patient safety.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University in 1993 and her Master of Business Administration (summa cum laude) from Eastern University in 2002. She completed a Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellowship in Management for Nurse Executives at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.
“Stephanie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge spanning the non-profit and for-profit health care settings,” explains Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJUH and Robert Wood Johnson Health System. “She possesses a unique skill set that combines in-depth knowledge of clinical nursing practice and Lean principles. We believe she will be a strong asset to the RWJ Family as we continue to position ourselves for success in the post-health care reform environment.”
Conners adds, “I am excited to join RWJUH and lead its outstanding team of Magnet Nurses. RWJUH’s nurses have a well-deserved reputation as leaders in education, research and sharing best practices to improve the overall quality of care provided not only at RWJUH, but at respected institutions beyond our academic medical campus. I am looking forward to helping them expand their reputation as the most respected name in nursing.”
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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 ( 

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.