ROI Influencers: Power List 2021 — Health Care

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Kevin Conlin
Executive chairman
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Led Horizon on two major initiatives: 1) Adjusting coverage and workflow because of the needs of the pandemic; and 2) Working with the Legislature to change the corporate structure.

Shereef Elnahal (T-#14)
University Hospital

Former state commissioner of health helped steer University’s care during the unique challenges the pandemic presented to underserved communities.

Jon Fanburg
Brach Eichler

Many see him as the go-to attorney on health care issues in the state.

Dan Feehan
New Jersey leader
Vault Health

To ensure that Vault has built the strongest system for states to vaccinate their population, they brought in Dan Feehan — an Iraqi war veteran and former White House fellow, to lead Vault’s national COVID Vaccination Program.

Bob Garrett (T-#13)
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health has treated more COVID-19 patients than any other system in the state.

Brian Gragnolati (T-#13)
Atlantic Health

Recognized as a top thought leader, Gragnolati directed coverage of his system’s response to COVID-19.

Gary Horan

The well-respected leader of Trinitas Regional Medical Center ensured the facility’s long-term future success by making a deal with RWJBarnabas Health.

Lori Herndon

Has ensured that AtlantiCare is actively involved in all pandemic planning in the South Jersey community.

Allen Karp
Executive vice president
Horizon BCBSNJ

Health care systems and insurers have been hit hard by all things COVID — operationally and financially. Karp has been the point person throughout.


Scott Kobler
McCarter & English

Longtime health care lawyer has long been recognized as one of the state’s best.

Jeff LeBenger
Summit Medical Group

LeBenger’s addition of CityMD is just the latest reason why Summit Medical Group is a step ahead of the game.

Amy Mansue (T-#14)
Inspira Health Network

She helped manage the state’s response to the crisis — as Central Jersey coordinator — and took the top job at one of the most important health systems in South Jersey.

Paul Marden

The state’s second-largest insurer has adjusted its efforts on the fly during the pandemic — making all the moves necessary to make testing and telehealth affordable and accessible.

Mike Maron (#24)
Holy Name Medical Center

His hospital was the poster child — and the warning signal — for the state on COVID-19, as it got its first rush of patients before anyone else.

Mike Munoz
Market president

Under his leadership, AmeriHealth New Jersey quickly adjusted and adapted its coverage during the pandemic.

Kevin O’Dowd (T-#14)
Cooper University Health Care

He did double duty through much of the pandemic’s toughest days, organizing coverage at Cooper while overseeing South Jersey for the Governor’s Office.

Trish O’Keefe
President, vice president
Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System

She is the leader of the state’s top-ranked hospital for three years running.

In memoriam: Andrew Brooks

Infinity BiologiX

Brooks, a molecular neuroscientist who served as a research professor at Rutgers, designed the saliva-based COVID-19 test while serving as head of the Rutgers-affiliated biorepository RUCDR Infinite Biologics — which spun off to become Infinity BiologiX.

The test, which received emergency use authorization by the FDA last April, was a huge help in the treatment of COVID-19, as it protected essential workers from exposure to the virus — as they no longer needed to be present to collect test samples.

Brooks, who died Jan. 23 of a heart attack, was remembered fondly on the company’s website:

“The impact of Andy’s life and career, his service to the field of biomedicine and his sincere drive to improve human health, were felt by so many.”

Barry Ostrowsky (T-#13)
RWJBarnabas Health 

Well-respected leader of one of the state’s two largest systems continues to be a thought leader on a national level.

David Perlin
Chief scientific officer
Center for Discovery and Innovation

Perlin led the team that created the first privately developed COVID-19 test early on in the pandemic. At the time, it doubled the state’s total testing capacity.

Judith Persichilli (#2)
Commissioner of health
State of New Jersey

Leaders of health systems speak with reverence about how she has helped organize the state’s response to the pandemic.

Dennis Pullin

Heads one of the key health systems in South Jersey.

Steve Rusckowski (#25)

The Secaucus-based company stepped up in the early days of the pandemic, enabling the country to dramatically increase the number of tests.

Kevin Slavin
St. Joseph’s Health

Leader of one of the top Catholic hospitals in the state is well-regarded across the state.

Gary St. Hilaire (#15)
Horizon BCBSNJ

St. Hilaire, who started as CEO at the start of the pandemic, is now firmly in charge of the day-to-day operations of state’s largest insurer.

Brian Sweeney
Jefferson Health

A veteran of more than two decades at Jefferson Health, he assumed the top job last summer.

Deborah Visconi
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center 

The state’s largest hospital continues to increase its profile and reputation under her leadership.

Sen. Joe Vitale
State Senate

Has long been one of the top go-to leaders in the Legislature on health care issues.