RWJBarnabas announces realignment of execs, streamlining of ops and commitment to ending racism

Barry Ostrowsky of RWJBarnabas Health. (RWJBH)

RWJBarnabas Health, one of the state’s largest health systems, announced Monday what it called a strategic realignment, including multiple executive promotions and a more streamlined approach to operations and management.

The West Orange-based system also announced a renewed commitment to ending racism as part of the realignment.

“Over the last seven months, our leaders, physicians and staff have cared for our communities under truly extraordinary circumstances,” CEO and President Barry Ostrowsky said in a prepared statement. “We have learned a great deal through this crisis, and, as we look to instill new best practices, our priority remains the health and well-being of our patients and staff.

“This realignment will allow us to better serve New Jersey through a more concerted approach to population health management and a nimble platform that can quickly adapt to the pandemics and emergencies of the future.”

The executive promotions include:

  • John Doll, chief financial and administrative officer: In his new role, Doll will oversee the expansion and reorganization of the system’s finance division and chair a strategic planning council of executive leaders;
  • Mark Manigan, chief strategy and business development officer: Manigan will continue to lead the system’s business development function and will be responsible for the evolution of the system’s strategic plan regarding key transactions and business activities;
  • Michael E. Knecht, chief marketing and communications officer: He will continue to lead the strategic marketing, internal communications and related efforts;
  • Patrick Knaus, executive vice president, system strategy: He will continue to oversee strategic planning and market analysis functions;
  • Deb Lienhardt, EVP of business development and innovation: She will oversee innovation efforts across the system;
  • Stephen O’Mahony, senior vice president, chief health information officer: The doctor will continue to develop and implement the system’s strategic vision for information technology related to patient care, safety and more;
  • DeAnna Minus-Vincent, SVP, chief social integration and health equity strategist: She will lead the system’s “Ending Racism, Together” effort, including developing, instituting and monitoring an anti-racist strategy, as well as continuing to oversee RWJBH’s housing and community development programs and social determinants strategy;
  • Deborah Larkin-Carney, SVP, quality and patient safety and patient experience: The registered nurse will oversee quality and safety programs for the system’s 13 hospitals;
  • Gail Kosyla, SVP, system financial operations: She will retain her duties as chief financial officer for the Central Region of the state, and now oversee the system’s corporate finance, supply chain and revenue cycle.

Manigan, Knecht, Knaus and Lienhardt will all serve alongside Doll on the strategic council, RWJBarnabas noted.