Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
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Skillman Resident John Lumpkin Elected Chair of RWJUH Board of Directors

May 18, 2012
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has named Skillman resident John Lumpkin, MD, MPH, as its new board chair. Dr. Lumpkin, who currently serves as Senior Vice President and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Care Group, was elected to a three-year term at the hospital’s annual meeting.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has named Skillman resident John Lumpkin, MD, MPH, as its new board chair. Dr. Lumpkin, who currently serves as Senior Vice President and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Care Group was elected to a three-year term at the hospital’s annual meeting.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Lumpkin served as Vice Chair of RWJUH’s Board of Directors.

“This is a pivotal time in the evolution of our nation’s health care system and we are excited to have someone with John’s vision, passion and breadth of health care knowledge lead our Board,” says Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System. “John’s vast experience in shaping health care policy will greatly benefit RWJUH as we continue to increase the value of the services we provide to our diverse community.”

Dr. Lumpkin is looking forward to assuming his new role on the board.

“This is a challenging, but exciting time for any hospital,” Dr. Lumpkin notes. “As an academic medical center we must not only embrace change, but we should lead change. I am looking forward to working with our entire Board, medical staff, hospital leadership and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to ensure that we fulfill our mission of delivering compassionate, high-quality patient-centered care.”

In addition to Dr. Lumpkin’s election, the RWJUH Board elected Mr. Jack Morris, Vice Chair; Mr. Nicholas Valeriani, Treasurer; and Penelope Lattimer, PhD, Secretary.

In his current role at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Lumpkin is responsible for the overall planning, budgeting, staffing, management and evaluation of all program and administrative activities for its Health Care Group. Before joining the Foundation in April 2003, Dr. Lumpkin served as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health for 12 years. During his more than 17 years with the department, he served as acting director and prior to that as associate director.

Dr. Lumpkin has participated directly in the health and health care system, first practicing emergency medicine and teaching medical students and residents at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. After earning his MPH in 1985, he began caring for the more than 12 million people of Illinois as the first African- American director of the state public health agency with more than 1,300 employees in seven regional offices, three laboratories and locations in Springfield and Chicago. He led improvements to programs dealing with women's and men's health, information and technology, emergency and bioterrorism preparedness, infectious disease prevention and control, immunization, local health department coverage and the state's laboratory services.

Dr. Lumpkin is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics. He has been chairman of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, and served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition, the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Medicine's Committee on Assuring the Health of the Public in the 21st Century. He has served on the boards of directors for the Public Health Foundation and National Quality Forum, as president of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Emergency Medicine, and as speaker and board of director’s member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Lumpkin earned his MD and BMS degrees from Northwestern University Medical School and his MPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He was the first African American trained in emergency medicine in the country after completing his residency at the University of Chicago. He has served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught at Princeton University.

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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 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.