Annual Meeting

NJHA Hosts 100th Annual Meeting; Installs Joseph W. Devine as Board Chair and Presents 2019 Awards

Joseph W. Devine, FACHE, president of Jefferson Health New Jersey, was installed as NJHA’s chairman of the Board at its 100th Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Princeton on Jan. 18.

In his remarks, Devine encouraged his colleagues to embrace the disruptive leadership of the Association’s past. With the world of healthcare changing rapidly outside of the walls of the hospital, Devine urged his fellow executives to listen more to the voices of patients, staff, community leaders and elected officials.

“The status quo isn’t sustainable – nor is it optimal for good health. Perhaps the best leaders, the strongest organizations, get there by marching to the beat of a different drummer,” Divine told the crowd of more than 400 healthcare executives.

NJHA President and CEO Cathy Bennett recapped her first full year at the helm of NJHA, which she said was fueled by a lot of coffee and an intense desire to see how members were driving toward the broader goal of good health.

Under Devine as board chair, the following officers also were appointed to the NJHA Board:

  • Vice Chair Kevin J. Slavin, of Hackettstown, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health
  • Treasurer Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA, president and CEO of Christian Health Care Center
  • Secretary Lori Herndon, president and CEO of AtlantiCare
  • Immediate Past Chair Amy B. Mansue, president of Southern Region, RWJBarnabas Health.
Cathy Bennett, President of NJHA, speaking at the 2019 NJHA Annual Meeting.
Joseph W. Devine,FACHE, Board Chair of NJHA, speaking at the 2019 NJHA Annual Meeting.

2019 Annual Meeting Award Recipients

NJHA also presented its annual awards, celebrating outstanding accomplishments of several member institutions and individuals.

The 2019 Healthcare Leader awards recognized a hospital chief executive, a physician and two volunteer trustees.

2019 Distinguished Service Award

David V. Condoluci, DO, MACOI
Senior Vice President & Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer
Kennedy Health New Jersey

2019 Healthcare Professional of the Year Award

Geralyn Prosswimmer, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Hunterdon Healthcare Partners

2019 Hospital Trustee of the Year

Wilfredo Fernandez
Board Member
St. Joseph’s Health

2019 Healthcare System Trustee of the Year

Robert E. Mulcahy III
Board Member Emeritus
Atlantic Health System

NJHA presented its 2019 Excellence in Quality Improvement awards to The Manor Health & Rehabilitation Center at CentraState Healthcare System for its Administrative Certified Nursing Aide Program and Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center for its Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Discharge Bundle.

The Manor Health & Rehabilitation Center at at CentraState Healthcare System holding 2019 Excellence in Quality Improvement award

The Manor Health & Rehabilitation Center, CentraState Healthcare System

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center holding 2019 Excellence in Quality Improvement award

Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System

The 2019 HRET Community Outreach awards were presented to: RWJBarnabas for its Peer Recovery Program; to Virtua for its Mobile Farmers Market; and, Inspira Health Network for its Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative.

RWJBarnabas holding 2019 HRET Community Outreach award

RWJBarnabas Health

Virtua holding 2019 HRET Community Outreach award


Inspira Health Network holding 2019 HRET Community Outreach award

Inspira Health Network

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