Elizabeth A. Ryan, Esq., is president and CEO of the Princeton-based New Jersey Hospital Association, a not-for-profit trade association representing New Jersey’s hospitals and other healthcare providers that provides leadership on quality and patient safety, education and advocacy in both Washington, D.C., and in Trenton. As CEO, Ryan oversees NJHA, the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, a not-for-profit affiliate that promotes continuing education, patient safety, quality improvement and research; and the for-profit Healthcare Business Solutions, which provides group purchasing and other business solutions for healthcare providers. Prior to being selected as CEO of NJHA in 2008, Ryan served as its COO and its General Counsel.
Ms. Ryan started her career practicing law in Mount Holly and went on to serve as assistant counsel under former Gov. Jim Florio and Chief of Staff of the state Department of Health. She also was a senior vice president with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and a regional executive for the American Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State. She served as a member of New Jersey’s Board of Medical Examiners, the Clinton-Gore Transition Team, the legal audit team for the Clinton National Health Care Reform Task Force, and both Governor Corzine’s and Governor McGreevey’s transition teams. She also has served as a township council member in her hometown of Florence.
Ms. Ryan has been recognized widely for her healthcare leadership, including being named among NJ BIZ’s 2016 “50 Most Powerful Individuals in Healthcare” and “100 Most Powerful Individuals in New Jersey Business” and South Jersey Biz magazine’s “Women to Watch.” She has also been honored with the 2016 Cook College Alumni Award, the 2015 Light of Hope Award from Catholic Charities, the 2012 Garden State Woman of the Year Award for Healthcare, 2012 Distinguished Service Award and 2011 Regents Award, both from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) - New Jersey Chapter; the 2010 Impact Award from the Organization of Nurse Executives/New Jersey; and the 2006 Women as Health Advocates Award from the N.J. Primary Care Association. Under her leadership, NJHA also was presented with the 2015 Freedom Award from the N.J. National Guard for its program hiring veterans to serve as health navigators, and the 2015 Innovation Award from ACHE for its gainsharing demonstration project.
Ms. Ryan received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University (Cook College). She resides in Florence, N.J., with her husband and son.