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Seton Hall Selected by New Jersey’s Top Healthcare Groups as Academic Partner NJHELA


By Seton Hall Media Relations

This week, 25 of the state's top healthcare executives head "back to school," with Seton Hall faculty as their teachers. The inaugural New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy is a unique partnership, one that Seton Hall views as a path toward strengthening our health sector.

Seton Hall University has partnered with New Jersey's top healthcare associations to offer a new program that seeks to build collaborative leadership skills among physicians and executives from both hospitals and health insurance companies.

The Medical Society of New Jersey, the New Jersey Hospital Association and the New Jersey Association of Health Plans have launched a new, jointly sponsored Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy. Seton Hall University is the program's academic partner. 

The inaugural program begins February 9, 2017, and will run through June, offering sessions focusing on a particular healthcare problem facing the state as a whole. The program was initiated through a collaborative of payers, physicians and hospitals convened by the Fannie Rippel Foundation. Faculty from Seton Hall's School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) are developing the curriculum and teaching the courses, which include topics such as:

  • End of life issues

  • Leading in an era of whitewater

  • Shared leadership

  • innovation tactics

  • Big data leadership

  • Population health leadership

  • Conflict resolution

  • Policy issues related to health system transformation

The academy’s overall goal is to prepare a large number of physicians and executives to play a greater role in transforming New Jersey's healthcare delivery system at both the local and state levels. Enrolled in the inaugural program are approximately 25 participants – physicians, hospital executives and health insurance executives. The Seton Hall faculty, in turn, are from SHMS' Master of Healthcare Administration and PhD in Health Sciences degree programs.

"We are honored that the School of Health and Medical Sciences has been selected for this cutting-edge program," said Brian B. Shulman, PhD, Dean. "By partnering academic leadership with health system payer and provider executives and clinicians, we have the best opportunity to find new solutions for our most pressing health system issues."

"To improve health outcomes, physicians, payers and hospitals must work more closely together," said Larry Downs, CEO of the Medical Society of New Jersey. "This program will provide participants with an opportunity to understand the unique perspective each brings to solving healthcare issues."

"We will bring together key leaders in each sector to improve their individual skills and to focus on solving important healthcare issues facing the state," said Betsy Ryan, President and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association. "We hope this program builds lasting relationships among the participants," she added.

"We were pleased to be one of the founding members of this collaborative program," said Ward Sanders, Esq., President of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans. "There are times when our organizations have differing points of view. This format will allow us to work together toward common goals."

Initial funding for the program was provided by The Physicians Foundation, the Fannie Rippel Foundation and the Institute of Medicine & Public Health of NJ.

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