July 12, 2024

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RWJBarnabas Health Announces Central/Southern Region Operational Leadership Appointments

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West Orange, New Jersey, June 25, 2024 – Bill Arnold, President, RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region, and Chief Executive Officer for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, today announced the appointment of three executive leaders to the system’s Central/Southern Region operational management teams. Patrick Delaney will assume the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of RWJUH New Brunswick; Deirdre Blaus will serve as Interim Chief Administrative Officer for RWJUH Somerset; and Judy Lane, MHA, BSN, RN, SCRN, has been named Senior Vice President of Operations for RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region. All of these appointments are effective immediately.

Patrick DelaneyPatrick Delaney has served as Chief Administrative Officer at RWJUH Somerset since 2023. Prior, he served in several other roles at RWJUH Somerset including Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations, and Administrative Director of Operations. In his new role at RWJUH New Brunswick, Mr. Delaney will be responsible for overall hospital operations including The Jack & Sheryl Morris Cancer Center, the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Children’s Hospital, Perioperative Services, Transplant Services, Support Services, Plant Operations and Facilities, Risk Management and Health Equity with respective leaders reporting directly to him.

Deirdre BalusDeirdre Blaus has served as Vice President of Operations at RWJUH Somerset since 2023. Prior, she served in various leadership roles at RWJUH Somerset including Vice President of Cancer Services and Business Development, Assistant Vice President of Cancer Services, and Director of the Steeplechase Cancer Center. As Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Ms. Blaus will oversee all administrative and operational functions of the facility.

Judy LaneJudy Lane, MHA, BSN, RN, SCRN, has served as Vice President of Operations at RWJUH since 2020. Prior, Ms. Lane served in various clinical leadership positions including Assistant Vice President for Clinical Operations, Director of Neurology Services, Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center, and also served as a bedside nurse for more than a decade. In her new role, Ms. Lane will work closely with the Southern Region leadership cabinet, which includes hospital executive leaders, finance, strategy, business development, service line, medical group and medical staff office leaders, to enhance operational integration across Southern Region facilities. She will also support the ongoing Central Region integration work with RWJUH New Brunswick, Somerset and Hamilton facilities.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes twelve acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth; three acute care children’s hospitals; Children’s Specialized Hospital, including a network of outpatient centers; a behavioral health center and the state’s largest behavioral health network; two trauma centers; a satellite emergency department; ambulatory care centers; geriatric centers; comprehensive home care and hospice programs; fitness and wellness centers; retail pharmacy services; an affiliated medical group; multi-site imaging centers; and two accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 41,000 employees and 9,000 physicians – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health, in partnership with Rutgers University, is New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research, and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

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