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, nu