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.



Speed Networking with Healthcare Leaders of Today



Thursday, January 23rd 2019


Registration: 5:30pm
Program begins 6pm


JFK Conference center 70 James Street, Edison NJ

In Speed Networking, small groups of attendees meet with healthcare leaders for short, focused conversations about topics of personal and professional development. Students and early- or mid-careerists are encouraged to attend. All are welcome!

Healthcare Leaders:

Speed Networking of Healthcare Leaders Today- Bios as of 1 21 20

  1.   Amie Thornton- COO, JFK Medical Center
  2.   Bryson D Palmer- AVP, Operations, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health
  3.   Mark Lederman- Director, Information Technology, Atlantic Health Health System
  4.   Josh Bershad, MD, MBA – Executive Vice President, Physician Services, RWJBarnabas Health
  5.   Thomas Kloos, MD- Population Health, Atlantic Health System
  6.   Michael Knecht, MBA, FACHE- Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Communications
  7.   Jan Schwarz Miller, MD- Quality and Patient Safety, Atlantic Health System
  8.   Julia B Walker, ESQ, Assistant General Counsel, Atlantic Health System
  9.   Moses Salami, Director, Marketing and Communications, Holy Name Medical Center
  10.   Christopher Herzog, Chief Operation Officer, Atlantic Medical Group

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: president@achenj.com

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 Regent@ACHENJ.com

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