RWJUH Names Former NJDHSS Deputy Commissioner; Current AARP Policy Executive Susan Reinhard to Board of Directors

Friday, May 17, 2013

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has named former New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) Deputy Commissioner and current AARP Public Policy Institute Senior Vice President Susan Reinhard, PhD, MSN, BSN, of Princeton Junction, to its Board of Directors.

“Dr. Reinhard possesses unique insight and knowledge of our state and national health care landscape based on her past and current experience,” notes Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health Care System. “As we continue to navigate the post-health care reform environment, our academic medical center is fortunate to welcome someone with Susan’s health care expertise to our Board.”

In her present role with AARP, Reinhard directs the organization’s Public Policy Institute, which is the focal point for public policy research and analysis (federal, state and international).
Prior to her current position at AARP, Reinhard was Professor and Co-Director of the Rutgers University Center for State Health Policy, where she contributed to the formulation of sound and creative state health policy in New Jersey.

She also served as Deputy Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services from 1996-1999 and again from 2002-2005. In that role, Reinhard served three governors from both political parties. She directed 640 staff members and managed a $2.4 billion budget to reform long-term care financing and service delivery. Reinhard also directed state policy, programs and financing for all services for older adults, including Medicaid and Older Americans Act funding.
In addition, she created and implemented a single-point-of-entry system for older adults to secure easy access to essential services and established the Community Choice Counseling Program to help nursing home residents’ transition back to the community. Under her leadership, the department secured a $60 million increase in financing to support home care programs for older adults and people with disabilities, offering long-term care choices and support for family caregivers.
Prior to her tenure as Deputy Commissioner, Reinhard served as Senior Assistant Commissioner for Health Planning and Regulation and Director of the Office of Policy and Research for the State of New Jersey.

Before that, Reinhard held several key leadership posts in the health care field including Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Education, Institute for the Future of Aging Services; Community Health Nursing Program Director and Assistant Professor for Rutgers University; and Director of the Institute for Nursing and Legislative Agent for the New Jersey State Nurses Association. 
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About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.

RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care, from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation; cancer care; and women’s and children’s care, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (

The hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. It ranks among “America’s Best Hospitals,” according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 survey; it is the sixth consecutive year that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious ranking. Also in 2012, U.S.News & World Report ranked BMSCH among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH among the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence


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