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New Jersey Healthcare Executives Leadership Academy’s 2020 Class Completes Program

Class Included 18 Graduating Healthcare Executives & Leaders from Across New Jersey,

2020 Session was Virtual & Focused on How to Best Address the Opioid Crisis in the State


Lawrenceville, NJ – The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP), and New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) are proud to announce that the 2020 class for their jointly sponsored New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy(NJHELA) recently completed the program.


In its fourth year, the goal of NJHELA is to build collaborative leadership skills among physicians and executives from both hospitals and health insurance companies. NJHELA is a cooperative undertaking among MSNJ, NJAHP, and NJHA, in coordination with academic partner Seton Hall University with grant funding provided by The Physicians Foundation and the Institute of Medicine & Public Health of NJ. Faculty from Seton Hall’s School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) developed the curriculum and presented alongside esteemed guest faculty for each session.


For a second consecutive year, NJHELA focused the 2020 program on combating the opioid crisis in the state. Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused NJHELA to take a hiatus in March, sessions resumed virtually in November. The program’s final session was held Thursday, December 17, 2020, featuring plenary speaker Sam Quinones, the acclaimed author of Dreamland.

The graduates of the 2020 class include:

  • Brian Acunto, DO, EJD, FACEP, FACOEP – Director of Emergency Services, City Division, Atlanticare Regional Medical Center / Atlantic Emergency Associates

  • Markintosh Barthelemy, MD, MBA – Senior Partner, Central Jersey Urgent Care

  • Christine Barton, MSW, LCSW – Director, Integrated Systems of Care & Network Innovation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

  • Ann Basil, LCSW, CCS – Director of Behavioral Health Services, Amerigroup

  • Jozef R. Beckley, PharmD – Pharmacy Manager, St. Luke's Warren Campus

  • Michael Cairoli, RPh, MHA – Executive Director of Pharmacy and Infusion Services, St. Joseph's University Medical Center, St. Joseph's Health

  • Stuart Dubin – Sr. Director of Operations, WellCare Health Plans of New Jersey

  • Kingsuk Ganguly, MD – President, Camden County Medical Society

  • Rachel Kotok Goldberg, RN – Director, BH Client Partnerships & Product Development, Behavioral Health Solutions, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

  • Cathleen Janzekovich, PhD, MA, RN-BC, NEA-BC – Vice President of Patient Services/Chief Nursing Officer, CentraState Healthcare System

  • Marlene M. Kalayilparampil, MHA – Manager, Government Relations, Medical Society of New Jersey

  • Sage Kealy, MBA, MPH – Director, Palliative Care, Hackensack Meridian Health

  • Stephanie L. Mulfinger, LCSW – Director NJ Behavioral Health Services, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, UnitedHealthcare

  • Jubril Oyeyemi, MD – Medical Director, Community Health Institute, Virtua Health; Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Cherry Hill Free Clinic

  • Jason M. Premus, PharmD, JD – Associate General Counsel - Regulatory Law and Policy, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

  • John Rimmer, DO – Director, Emergency Department, Hoboken University Medical Center, Carepoint Health

  • Joseph P. Valenza, MD – Director of Pain Management, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

  • Ritu Verma – Implementation Manager, Community Health-Enterprise, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey


Plans for NJHELA’s next cohort are currently in the works. For more information about NJHELA and this year’s graduating class, visit www.njhela.com.


NJHELA 2020 | Cohort IV – Pictured here are members of the New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy (NJHELA) Class of 2020, along with representatives from the three sponsor organizations – Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP), and New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) – and faculty from the program’s academic partner, Seton Hall University. This year’s program focused on combatting the opioid crisis in the state of New Jersey. ***Please note, this photo was taken in early 2020, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and any social distancing/public health and safety requirements enacted by the state of New Jersey.***

About the Medical Society of New Jersey:

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) is the oldest professional society in the United States. MSNJ has a mission to promote the betterment of the public health and the science and the art of medicine, to enlighten public opinion in regard to the problems of medicine, and to safeguard the rights of the practitioners of medicine. MSNJ represents all medical disciplines and serves as an advocate for patient and physician rights. Its members are dedicated to ensuring delivery of the highest quality medical care throughout New Jersey. For more information, visit www.msnj.org.


About the New Jersey Association of Health Plans:

Founded in 1994, the New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster improved understanding of the value that health plans contribute to New Jersey’s health care system. Among its core objectives, the NJAHP promotes collaborative efforts among health plans, providers, purchasers, brokers and consumers to expand access to high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care. For more information about NJAHP, visit www.njahp.org.


About the New Jersey Hospital Association:

The New Jersey Hospital Association is a not-for-profit trade organization committed to delivering support and services to the state’s hospitals and other healthcare providers. We share a collective goal of providing quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to the people of the Garden State. Founded in 1918, NJHA has grown to become one of the largest and most influential healthcare organizations in the state. Our membership has grown in numbers and diversity, with close to 400 healthcare organizations including hospitals, health systems, nursing homes, home health agencies, hospice providers and healthcare-related business and educational institutions in our membership ranks. NJHA provides leadership in advocacy, policy analysis, quality and financial data, education and community outreach. For more information about NJHA, visit www.njha.com.


About Seton Hall University and the School of Health and Medical Sciences:

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. The university’s School of Health and Medical Sciences provides exemplary academic and clinical training in graduate-level health sciences and health administration, with a focus on interprofessional education. Its fully accredited degree programs include professional graduate education programs in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology; the Master of Healthcare Administration program, offered in both online and on-campus formats; and the post-professional PhD in Health Sciences program. For more information, visit www.shu.edu/health.

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