COVID-19: What We Learned – Leadership

October 1, 2020
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Register Here

1.5 F2F credits awarded

The registration deadline is 12:00pm on September 28, 2020.

This event will be capped at 50 participants so please register ASAP!

Join us for the American College of Healthcare Executives – NJ Chapter’s Virtual Event! Virtually connect with colleagues across the state and region to learn from a thought-provoking and inspiring group of leaders selected for you.

Public health and healthcare organizations operate in extremely complex environments that can be exacerbated in an emergency setting. The outbreak of COVID-19 presents a dynamic application of wide-scaled responses that requires decisive leadership activities and coordination.

This session will cover and provide a general debrief of the COVID-19 Pandemic response from a leadership perspective.


Mark Sparta, FACHE
President, Hackensack UMC

Tony Cava, MS, RPH, FACHE
President and CEO, RWJBarnabas Somerset

Lauren Yedvab, MHA
Chief Operating Officer, Overlook Medical Center


Sean Hopkins,
Senior Vice President, Center for Health Analytics, Research & Transformation, New Jersey Hospital Association

How to gain your Virtual F2F Credits:

This is our first webinar where face to face credit will be earned after the completion of the webinar. ACHE has adjusted their process for members to gain credit through webinars in response to the pandemic.

Please read the below information carefully. There is a series of events that need to take place in order for credit to be recorded on your ACHE Account.

1. Register for the program through the Eventbrite link (above)
2. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation from Eventbrite
3. ACHE-NJ will send you another email with a link to complete the registration process by signing in through your ache account.
4. You must register for the same course on the ACHE Learning Management System (LMS) to receive credit.
5. These instructions will be sent to you once the Eventbrite step is complete.
6. Once Registration is complete through the LMS system, a program link will be sent to you with further instructions on how to join the webinar.

Accreditation Statement:

This program has been developed and is presented locally by ACHE-NJ. The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits to this program.

Autism Speaks Walk on Wheels -EVENT UPDATED

September 26, 2020

Hello ACHENJ member!

As you may have heard, the Northern New Jersey Autism Speaks Walk on Wheels and Car Parade was recently cancelled, and will instead be a completely virtual event. With that said, our ACHE-NJ Chapter has decided to walk the 1.54 miles together as a team at a central location to show our dedication and support to the cause.

Event Details:

Who: ACHE-NJ Cares Team
When: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Where: Roosevelt Park – 151 Parsonage Rd, Edison, NJ 08837


9:30 a.m – ACHENJ Care Team arrives at Roosevelt Park
10:00 a.m – Autism Speaks Walk Opening Ceremony

(Click here to join via Zoom)
Meeting ID: 929 3378 6509
Passcode: 983207

10:30 a.m – Team Walk Begins

Click HERE to see our flyer, which includes all the necessary details!

Joining is easy!
Come along with the ACHENJ CARES Team as we participate in our walk at Roosevelt Park. You can also donate to the ACHENJ CARES Team and all money raised will go to fund research and lifelong supports and services to improve the lives of people with autism.

Join the ACHENJ CARES Team today by clicking HERE

*Option 2: Participate Virtually from home: Walk 1.54 miles with your family and friends (for the 1 in 54 U.S. kids with Autism).

If you have any questions about participating or joining the team at the last minute, please email and call at 201-953-9549


Lina Maria Alfonso, MHA
Funso A. Olufade, PhD, MBA,
Shawn Ekwall, MBA
Louis Alerte, MS

ACHE-NJ Diversity Committee

ACHENJ Summer Webinar Series: Telemedicine and the Healthcare Delivery System

August 25, 2020 | 5:30PM EST | Register Here

Join us for our fifth installment of the American College of Healthcare Executives – NJ Chapter’s summer webinar series! This series of webinars has been designed to help educate our healthcare leaders and to stay current during this period of time that has proven to be unprecedented.

Virtually connect with colleagues across the state and region to learn from a thought-provoking and inspiring group of leaders selected for you. All are welcome!

You can self-report this event for 1 ACHE Qualified Credit!

TOPIC: “Telemedicine and the Healthcare Delivery System”

This webinar will present the current and future role of telemedicine in the delivery of healthcare. Many health systems leveraged on-demand virtual visits to triage patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they soon realized that virtual care would also play a large role in providing ongoing care to existing patients. The rapid expansion of telehealth has created new opportunities, but also a lot of questions. Participants will discuss changes to telehealth because of COVID-19.


John League, CFA
Senior Consultant, Research
Advisory Board

John League leads Advisory Board’s ongoing global research on health care technology, including analytics, artificial intelligence, digital strategy, electronic medical records, and telehealth.

John has also led research for Advisory Board’s Philanthropy Leadership Council. His philanthropy research developed new-in-kind, proprietary data sets to answer essential questions about grateful patient programs, philanthropy performance benchmarking, digital strategy, and fundraising campaigns.

Prior to joining Advisory Board, John worked as an editor of investment research for high-net-worth investors.

He holds degrees from the University of Louisville and the University of North Texas, and he has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

ACHE NJ Summer Webinar Series: Behavioral Healthcare: Approaches to Increase Value for the Organization and Meet Community Needs

August 11, 2020 | 5:30PM EST | Register Here


Join us for our fourth installment of the American College of Healthcare Executives – NJ Chapter’s summer webinar series! This series of webinars has been designed to help educate our healthcare leaders and to stay current during this period of time that has proven to be unprecedented.

Virtually connect with colleagues across the state and region to learn from a thought-provoking and inspiring group of leaders selected for you. All are welcome!

You can self-report this event for 1 ACHE Qualified Credit!

“Behavioral Healthcare:
Approaches to Increase Value for the Organization and Meet Community Needs”

Historically, hospitals and health systems have not always embraced a role in meeting behavioral health needs in communities because managing behavioral healthcare and mental health is very complex. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year. The rate of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder also meet criteria related to having a physical illness or substance abuse. Physical health and mental health issues occur together.

For example, people with diabetes or cardiac conditions often develop depression as well. Being able to receive treatment for both conditions through an integrated behavioral health and primary care setting can be especially helpful since how we live our lives (behave) and our physical and mental health all interact with each other in complex ways….


Anna M. (De Santis) Villani, LCSW, MPA
Division Administrator, Ambulatory and Community Psychiatry – NYC H+H / Bellevue Hospital
Adjunct Instructor – Lehman College of the City University of New York
Candidate – Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives
Member – American College of Healthcare Executives; Healthcare Leaders of New York; Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society

Anna M. (De Santis) Villani, LCSW, MPA is the Administrative Director of Addiction Programs, which is made up of Opiate Treatment Program, Chemical Dependency Program, CATCH/ED Leads, Virtual Bupe Clinic and Ancillary Withdrawal Program at NYC H+H / Bellevue. After transforming services in Ambulatory and Community Psychiatry, which is made up of the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, Assertive Treatment Program and OnTrack NY and Mrs. Villani was recruited to transform Addiction Programs. Mrs. Villani is instrumental in the current transforming services from an inpatient detox program to ambulatory services while building up the medical and psychiatric component in the Addiction Programs.

As a first generation immigrant, Mrs. Villani has a particular interest in working with families of all cultural backgrounds. She understands the unique needs and challenges that families face, in particular the barriers and resulting dynamics that evolve between parents, children and care providers as families attempt to navigate systems and access care. Mrs. Villani graduated with a psychology degree from St. John’s University and began working with foster children performing emergency placements in the City of New York. Her passion in working for the families and children of New York City led her to pursue a Masters in Social Work. She subsequently worked as an Early Intervention Coordinator and Pediatric Social Worker.

Understanding the complexities that affect families and interested in making systems change that would better serve NYC families, she began working for the nation’s largest public health care system – NYC Health + Hospitals / Coney Island Hospital. She served as a program coordinator building a mental health peer counseling program, a recovery oriented program based in psychiatry, and later became the mental health ambulatory clinic director serving both as a clinical and administrative lead focusing on increasing access to mental health care and reducing hospital readmission while focusing on recovery in the ambulatory psychiatry setting.

Mrs. Villani was later recruited to NYC H+H / Bellevue to restructure ambulatory services with a focus transforming the system to a patient centered delivery of care with a focus on access. Applying her clinical and management acumen, Mrs. Villani was able to ensure the alignment of divisional goals with the overall strategic goals of the corporation. She is responsible for shaping strategies that ensure growth, access to care and success in the Division of Ambulatory and Community Psychiatry while promoting quality measures and management of organization risk.

With a demonstrated track record of transforming services, aligning programs with organization goals and improving fiscal performance, Mrs. Villani was then recruited to transform services and build the Addiction Programs. She applies her experience to teach and mentor the next generation of leaders, teaching Strategic Healthcare Management and serving as Field Instructor at The City University of New York (CUNY) / Lehman College

ACHE NJ Summer Webinar Series: “Healthcare Safety: Protecting Patients and Front Line Staff”

July 28, 2020 | 5:30PM EST | Register Here

Join us for the third installment of American College of Healthcare – NJ Chapter’s multi-section summer webinar series! This series of webinars has been designed to help educate our healthcare leaders and to stay current during this period of time that has proven to be unprecedented.

Virtually connect with colleagues across the state and region to learn from a thought-provoking and inspiring group of leaders selected for you. All are welcome!

“Healthcare Safety:
Protecting Patients and Front Line Staff”

This webinar will present a framework for a patient safety program that protects patients and healthcare providers from preventable injury. The program will encompass various aspects of a patient safety program including prevention protocols, reporting mechanisms, and the utilization of telehealth to meet the needs of patient care while maintaining the highest standards of safety for our patients and front line staff.

Participants will learn what organizational infrastructure is required to successfully implement an effective patient safety program.


Lina Shihabuddin, MD, DFAPA
Chief Medical Officer,
Primary Care Service Line,
RWJBarnabas- Rutgers Medical Group

With over 25 years of experience as a clinical healthcare executive, Dr. Lina Shihabuddin serves as the Chief Medical Officer for RWJBarnabas-Rutgers Medical Group. In this role, she has strategic accountability and responsibility for over 300 primary care providers in both faculty and community primary care practices. As part of the COVID-19 response team for the health system, Dr. Shihabuddin deployed telemedicine across the entirety of the medical group within a few days of the COVID-19 pandemic and assembled a rapid response Intensive Transitions of Care from different assets within RWJBarnabas Health system to decompress the health system’s inpatient and emergency room capacity due to the high influx of COVID-19 cases. These rapid responses were critical to RWJBarnabas Health’s ability to care for our patients, their families, and our communities through better care and better quality.

Prior to being promoted to the CMO role for the Primary Care Service Line at RWJBarnabas-Rutgers Medical Group, Dr. Shihabuddin served as the CMO for Behavioral Health at RWJBarnabas Health where she built the largest behavioral health network in the State of New Jersey with psychiatrics, psychologists, advance practice providers, and licensed social workers in both inpatient and ambulatory sites. She has also served as a Director Senior’s Mental Wellness and Memory Program at Columbus Hospital and served as the Medical Staff President, Medical Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Director MIRECC Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.

A graduate of the American University of Beirut School of Medicine, Dr. Shihabuddin completed a psychiatry residency at Case Western University and dual fellowships in both Neuroimaging and Geriatric Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Care, the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (with added Geriatric Psychiatry qualifications), and the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Shihabuddin holds a faculty appointment as the Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine, has received multiple multi-million dollar grants from the Veterans Administration and Eli Lilly, and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications from journals to book chapters. A frequent speaker at lecture series, Dr. Shihabuddin has also served as Chairman for several national task forces

ACHE-NJ Summer Webinar Series: “Unconscious Bias”

July 14, 2020 | 5:30PM EST | Register Here

Join us for the second installment of American College of Healthcare – NJ Chapter’s multi-section summer webinar series! This series of webinars has been designed to help educate our healthcare leaders and to stay current during this period of time that has proven to be unprecedented.

Virtually connect with colleagues across the state and region to learn from a thought-provoking and inspiring group of leaders selected for you. All are welcome!

Unconscious Bias

The increasing diversity in the US population is reflected in the patients who healthcare professionals treat. Unfortunately, this diversity is not always represented by the demographic characteristics of healthcare professionals themselves. Patients from underrepresented groups in the United States can experience the effects of unintentional cognitive (unconscious) biases that derive from cultural stereotypes in ways that perpetuate health inequities.

Unconscious bias can also affect healthcare professionals in many ways, including patient-clinician interactions, hiring and promotion, and their own interprofessional interactions. The strategies described in this article can help us recognize and mitigate unconscious bias and can help create an equitable environment in healthcare, including the field of infectious diseases. (Source)


Wayne M. Boatwright, MHA, CDM
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion,
Hackensack Meridian Health

Wayne Boatwright is Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Hackensack Meridian Health, where he leads the company’s diversity initiative for 16 hospitals, including three academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, two rehabilitation hospitals, more than 450 patient care sites and physician offices. He has appeared as a keynote speaker at the National Leadership and Education Conference for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and as a guest speaker at the MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association’s Annual Dinner and the Connecticut Hospital Associations Regional Health Equity Council.

Wayne has over 20 years of experience partnering with senior management in ensuring the most productive use of human assets. His areas of focus include diversity management, employee relations, strategic planning, and fostering a culture that makes growth possible. Because of this expertise, Wayne is often called upon for speaking engagements and interviews. He has appeared as a keynote speaker at the National Leadership and Education Conference for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and as a guest speaker for the Massachusetts Hospital Association’s annual conference, the New Jersey State Association Medical Staff Services Education Conference, the MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association’s Annual Dinner and the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Regional Health Equity Council. Wayne’s interviews have appeared in various publications, including the 4th edition of Tyler’s Guide: The Healthcare Executive’s Job Search, Modern Healthcare, The Diversity Factor and Bridges, a newsletter published by the American Hospitals Association

Wayne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Francis Marion University, and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and is a doctoral student in the School of Health Sciences at Walden University. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. He is a Board member of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, the United Way of Monmouth County and Ocean Counties, and the Fulfill of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Wayne is a commissioner with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and Chair Emeritus of the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare.

COVID-19: What We Learned- Staffing/People Resource

June 30, 2020 | 5:30PM EST | Register Here

Join us for our the first of American College of Healthcare Executives – NJ Chapter’s multi-section summer webinar series! This series of webinars has been designed to help educate our healthcare leaders and to stay current during this unprecedented period of time.

Virtually connect with colleagues across the state and region to learn from a thought-provoking and inspiring group of leaders selected for you. All are welcome!

“COVID-19: What We Learned – Staffing/People Resource”

Emergency management requires precise identification and allocation of staff to align capabilities and capacity with the need to effectively deliver care for the community. The COVID-19 outbreak caused a substantial shift in the availability of staff and resources, and the accessibility of timely delivery of care. In response to the evolving needs, organizations have shifted staff in a variety of ways to ensure they were able to effectively screen, triage and care for patients. This webinar will provide strategies and tactics of how organizations adjusted their staffing structure to ensure that the most appropriate level of care is delivered during a medical surge such as the COVID-19.



Maureen A. Schneider,

Dr. Schneider is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Chilton Medical Center, Atlantic Health System. She has worked in New York and New Jersey and has held several executive management positions including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse Executive. Her leadership and clinical career began at New York Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing, an MBA from Monmouth University, and a doctorate in Philosophy from Seton Hall University, she is certified in Advanced Nursing Administration, Quality Healthcare, is a Fellow in the College of Healthcare Executives, and a Johnson and Johnson Executive Wharton Fellow, Master TeamStepps safety leader and earned a Black Belt/Lean/Six Sigma certificate from Villanova University.

Dr. Schneider holds leadership positions on several Boards: Chair of Springpoint Life, Board of Directors for NJ Nurse Organization of Leaders, Board of Directors for NJH Business Solutions, Past President of Executive Women of New Jersey, past chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of NJ-American College of Healthcare Executives, past vice chair for the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills and past chair for NJ Nurse Executive Constituency group.

She is adjunct faculty at Seton Hall University for doctoral and graduate students in business and leadership. Dr. Schneider is a recipient of several awards, Hospital Executive, New Jersey State Nurses Association Leadership Award, the NJ-ONE Executive award, a recipient of the Executive Women’s award for Policy Makers and the prestigious Top 50 NJ Women in Business.

ACHE NJ Chapter Mentorship Program

ACHE NJ Chapter is launching a Mentorship Program from September 2020 – June 2021 for NJ healthcare leaders who are currently employed in healthcare management positions. The goal of the Mentorship Program is to assist members in developing careers in the competitive world of healthcare administration, networking with other healthcare professionals, expanding knowledge of healthcare issues, and promoting the value of participation in The American College of Healthcare Executives.


The program is free of charge and open to ACHENJ regular members and administered by ACHENJ volunteer members. Due to the limited availability of volunteer mentors, the program is not open to ACHENJ student members at this time. For the first year of the program, eligible mentees include early careerists who are employed in healthcare administration and in the early stages of their healthcare career (typically under 5 years of professional experience) and interested in professional development. Eligible mentors include mid-careerist and senior executives who are healthcare managers, directors, or administrators with at least 2 to 5 years of experience and are interested in sharing their experiences and knowledge to assist with the development of early careerists. The program is not intended as an employment service for those seeking a position in healthcare administration.

If you have additional questions, please email Mary Therese Hankinson at or Syed Rehman at, Co-Chairs ACHE NJ Chapter Mentorship Committee.

2020 ACHENJ Scholarship Winner Announced

On behalf of the Board of Directors of ACHENJ, it is with great pleasure that we congratulate Rakel Barrientos on being selected as the 2020 ACHENJ Scholarship Recipient. Rakel is currently an MHA Graduate Student at Rutgers University. At this time, Rakel is employed by New York Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital as an administrative resident in the quality management department.

In her first year of graduate school, she competed in the Healthcare Planning & Marketing Society of New Jersey Case Study Competition, where she and her teammates developed interventions addressing a hospital’s community health needs assessment (CHNA) and social determinants of health (SDOH). As representatives of Rutgers, they received first place. At the Bloustein School, Rakel received her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and currently serves as the Vice President of Rutgers Graduate Society of Healthcare Leaders.

Rakel graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2018 where she received a B.S. in Health & Society and a B.A. in Psychology while competing as a Division I NCAA Student Athlete in Cross Country and Track. In 2019, she completed a certificate in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution to enhance her career path in healthcare.

Virtual Meet & Greet

JUNE 11, 2020
5:30PM – 7:00PM

In this time of not being able to have face-to-face gatherings, we would like to offer the opportunity to join us as we host a “Virtual Meet & Greet.”

This virtual event is geared towards our newest members of ACHE-NJ, as the program’s goals are to share our network’s overall purpose, hear from the ACHE-NJ Board and Committee Chairs, learn about each of our unique communities, and of course network with each other.

It is a great way to connect with others during a time where we may feel so far apart. Look forward to seeing you soon!


Resiliency for Healthcare Heroes:Strength and Courage to Overcome COVID-19

In Case You Missed It…


“Resiliency for Healthcare Heroes:
Strength and Courage to Overcome COVID-19″

The onset of COVID-19 has resulted in tremendous disruption not only in healthcare operations, but in healthcare professionals’ own sense of psychological safety and resilience as well. During this 20-minute presentation, participants will learn sustainable strategies and practical approaches to address well-being and resiliency for healthcare professionals in today’s challenging healthcare environment.


Patrick Swift, PhD, MBA, CSSBB, FACHE

Dr. Patrick Swift is a thought leader on advancing the human experience in healthcare operations and leadership. He brings 20+ years experience as a healthcare provider and executive leader at both the hospital and system level having served at RWJBarnabas Health, New York-Presbyterian, NYU Langone, and Select Specialty Hospital, where he most recently served as CEO. He is a results-oriented Senior Executive with a strong record of success in healthcare operations as a certified Six-Sigma Black Belt.

Dr. Swift earned a PhD from the University of Connecticut in Clinical Psychology, completed his postdoctoral fellowship from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and earned his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has served as a clinical assistant professor at NYU School of Medicine and published in the scientific literature and popular press. Dr. Swift is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

ACHE-NJ Annual Regent Breakfast & Awards

January 31st, 2020

7:30 am – 8:00 am – Coffee and Networking
8:00 am – 10:00 am – ACHE-NJ’s Annual Breakfast
(precedes NJHA’s Annual Meeting)

Hyatt Regency Princeton
Witherspoon Ballroom
102 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ 08540

Each year, the ACHE-NJ and Regent presents awards to candidates who are affiliated with the College or who support its purpose, goals and functions, among other necessary qualifying criteria. These awards include the Early Careerist Award, Senior Careerist Award, Innovation Award, Business Partner Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Additionally, this year, we are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be ACHE Chairman-elect Michael J. Fosina, FACHE, who serves as president of New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y. and senior vice president, New York-Presbyterian, New York.

After the breakfast, New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) will celebrate its 101st Annual Meeting and Luncheon and online registration is now open for members to join them in marking over a century of service to the healthcare community and people of New Jersey.

To attend only the ACHENJ Annual Breakfast, please go to the NJHA website below and choose the option for ACHENJ Annual Breakfast Only.


Best Practices in Adapting to Local Regulations, Markets and Trends




Tuesday October 29th, 2019  5:30pm – 8:30pm


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place New Brunswick NJ

Program Description:

The combination of national and state legislation, and local economic conditions, market trends and health condition trends influence organizational strategies. Healthcare executives are challenged with understanding and addressing the various needs of the population in the community and factors that influence the financial status of the organization. Healthcare executive must lead the organization to adapt to ever-changing situations as well as developing strategies to achieve future goals. Join us as ACHENJ presents an engaging discussion around New Jersey’s latest legislations, economic drivers, and marketplace trends that will shape the future of our state’s healthcare delivery systems.


Kim Goryeb
Morristown Medical Center


Eliza Ng, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer of Population Health
RWJBarnabas Health

Adam Beder, MBA
Vice President, Government Relations
Hackensack Meridian Health

We would like to hear from you!

ACHENJ’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee would like to hear from our members to gauge interest level around the specifics for our speed networking program in January. This includes recommendations on new event topics, the best days to hold events, etc.

Please see below link for the survey.

Interested in being a mentor?

ACHENJ is excited to announce that we are launching a formal Mentorship Program in the 2019-2020 season.

As a part of the launch of this program, we are hosting a session where participants can sign up for a 15-minute one-on-one session with a mentor from ACHENJ on the same day as our Healthcare Leaders Networking Event on Sept 19th, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ. We are looking for 5 volunteers to be a mentor.

As a mentor, the below criteria should be met:

  • Active member of ACHENJ for 3 years
  • 10-15 years or more of progressive or matrix experience in a healthcare setting

If you’d like to volunteer to be a mentor on this day, please email:

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Networking Event

Hyatt Regency New Brunswick

September 19, 2019 6pm – 9pm

CLick Here To Register Now!


ACHENJ – American College of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey

HLNDV – Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley

HPMSNJ – Healthcare Planning & Marketing Society of New Jersey

HIMSS – Healthcare Information and Management System Society N

AHSE – National Association of Health Services Executives

Prospective members and students welcome


$30 Members
$35 Non members
$10 Students

2020 Regent Awards – Call for nominations

It is our pleasure to hereby call for nominations for the 2020 Regent Awards to be presented at the ACHE-NJ Annual Breakfast in January of 2020.


Please review the attached criteria as a guideline of the requirements for the awards. You may submit more than one person in a given category.

The five awards are:
1. Early Careerist
2. Senior Careerist
3. Business Partner
4. Innovation
5. Lifetime Achievement Award

The submission process is:
1. Submission deadline is October 11, 2019
2. Please submit a detailed letter as to how the nominee meets the criteria for the award
3. If possible please submit a CV or work history (you can provide the information from LinkedIn or other source if you do not want the nominee to know you are submitting their name)
4. Preference will be given to those that have shown consistent and dedicated service to ACHE and/or ACHENJ
5. Awardee announcement will be made on November 15, 2019

Submissions should be sent:
Via email to

We encourage all ACHE members to submit a colleague[s] for an award.

Very truly yours,

Michael S. Friedberg, FACHE
Awards Committee Chair

Michael J. McDonough DMH, FACHE 
Regent, Northern New Jersey

ACHE New Jersey Regents Awards Guidelines

Early careerist

1. Minimum 5 years but a maximum of 10 years working in a healthcare organization
2. Member of the ACHE (Fellow preferred)
3. Demonstrates service to ACHE or ACHENJ
4. Participates in community service
5. Provides a significant leadership contribution to their organization
6. Dedicated to the principals and ethics of the college

Senior careerist

1. Minimum 20 years working in a healthcare organization
2. Held a senior leadership role (VP or above)
3. Fellow of ACHE
4. Demonstrated service to ACHE or ACHENJ
5. Member of ACHE
6. Participates in community service
7. Provides a significant leadership contribution to their organization and the healthcare community
8. Dedicated to the principals and ethics of the college

Innovation—e.g. program, technology

1. Innovation provide demonstrated clinical or financial impact
2. Innovation can be in leadership as well as a specific program or service
3. May be awarded to an individual or a team
4. Does not have to be accomplished at a provider organization
5. Member of ACHE

Business Partner

1. Minimum of 15 years working in healthcare in a non-clinical setting (i.e. Physician Practice management or leadership, business partner to healthcare industry, consultant)
2. Held a leadership role
3. Fellow of ACHE preferred
4. Member of ACHE
5. Demonstrates service to ACHE or ACHENJ
6. Dedicated to the principals and ethics of the college
7. Contributes to the community at large

Lifetime Service to ACHE or ACHENJ

1. Held a leadership role in their organization
2. Fellow of ACHE preferred
3. Member of ACHE
4. Demonstrated consistent service over a professional career to ACHE or ACHENJ
5. Commitment to the ideals and standards of the ACHE
6. Participates in community service
7. Provided a unique service to the college or the chapter
8. Dedicated to the principals and ethics of the college

“Dual Panel Event: Closing the Healthcare Disparities Gap and Advancing Inclusion for LGBT Patients” sponsored RWJBH Somerset.

Another great ACHENJ event!! Scroll down to see photos from this event…..

When: May 7th, 2019 from 10AM – 2PM
Where: RWJBarnabas Health Somerset Campus

Anthony Cava, MS, MPH, FACHE
CEO/President of Robert Wood Johnson-Somerset

Panel 1: Equity of Care:

Shereef Elnahal, M.D., M.B.A
New Jersey Commissioner of Health
State of New Jersey, Department of Health

Trina Parks, MHA, FACHE
Chief Diversity Officer
RWJBarnabas Health

Christian Mendez-Baez, MA
New Jersey Community Research Initiative

Tyra Gardner
MPowerment Coordinator
New Jersey Community Research Initiative

Panel 2: Fostering Inclusion of LGBT Patients in the Health Care Workforce:

Diana Finkel, D.O.
Assistant Professor, Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School
Medical Director, Transgender Experience- New Jersey Community Research Initiative

Jackie Baras, MSN, MBA, RN
LGBT Health Navigator
RWJBarnabas Health

Aaron Potenza, MA, MPHIL
Policy Director
Garden State Equality

Jeremy Pyke, MSN, APN, FNP-c
Advance Practice Nurse
RWJBH Somerset Proud Family Health Clinic


Register Now for the Annual Meeting

American College of
Healthcare Executives

New Jersey Chapter

 2019 Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 6

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters
One Johnson and Jonson Plaza
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Thursday, June 6, 2019
5:00 – 6:30 pm – J&J Store Shopping
5:30 – 6:30 pm – Registration, Networking & Cocktails
6:30 – 8:30 pm – Dinner & Main Program
Keynote Speaker:
Brian Gragnolati, FACHE
President & CEO, Atlantic Health System
Chairman of the American Hospital Association
Distinguished Service Award Winner
Catherine Ainora, MBA, FACHE
Executive Vice President and Chief Integration & Transformation Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health

Understanding Implicit Bias and Its Impact on Healthcare Leadership

Still time to sign up for April 11

The communities for which healthcare organizations operate are rapidly diversifying. Not only do they provide care for a diverse community of patients and families, but their workforce is also growing more diverse. It is incumbent on healthcare organizations and their leaders to both understand and embrace the needs of diverse populations.

Their ability to respond to the needs and preferences of a broader customer base will be critical to their financial and operational survival, but they first must understand what their implicit biases are to do that.    

Event Name:
Understanding Implicit Bias & Its Impact on Healthcare Leadership

Thursday, April 11th, 5:30p – 8:15p

Jets Training Facility
1 Jets Drive
Florham Park, NJ  

1.5 Face to Face Credits will be awarded!  
Parking is free.  

Nikki Sumpter, SPHR, SCP
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Atlantic Health System  

Joseph A. DiPaolo, FACHE
President, Western Region
Atlantic Health System  

Gail Tolstoi-Miller

Wayne Boatwright, MHA, CDM
Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Hackensack Meridian Health  

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