Distinguished Service Award

Now Accepting Nominations

Dear Colleagues:

Each year, the American College of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey (ACHENJ) bestows its Distinguished Service Award on an outstanding leader who has made significant contributions to health care within and/or without the state of New Jersey.

The Award will be presented at ACHENJ’s Annual Meeting in December.


Eligible candidates include business leaders, clinicians, community volunteers, educators, health care administrators, legislators, and researchers. Membership in the ACHE is not required. The Award may be given posthumously.

Candidates must have demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following areas: leadership and executive performance, health services/patient care delivery, professional development, management and organizational development, health services activities.


To nominate a candidate for the Award, a nomination letter (not to exceed three pages) should be sent via email to Harshal Shah, ACHENJ President Elect, at presidentelect@achenj.com. Successful letters will provide detailed descriptions citing specific examples that highlight the characteristics listed under “Criteria”. Award winners will be selected by a committee of previous recipients.

Deadline for nomination letter: November 20, 2020

Past Award Winners:

Catherine Ainora, MBA, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Chief Integration & Transformation Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health
Joseph F. Scott, FACHE, President and CEO, Jersey City Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health
James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, LNHA
Anne M. Hewitt, PhD, MHA Program Director, Seton Hall University
Michael A. Maron, President and CEO, Holy Name Medical Center
William A. McDonald, Past President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System
Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE President, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Elizabeth A. Ryan, Esq., President and CEO, New Jersey Hospital Association
Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health
John K. Lloyd, FACHE, President and CEO, Meridian Health
Gary Horan, FACHE, President and CEO, Trinitas Regional Medical Center

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