ROI Influencers: Women in Business 2021 — Health Care

The 2021 ROI Influencers: Women in Business list includes eight sector categories. They are another way we can honor the best women in the New Jersey business world.

Judith Persichilli (No. 1) and Amy Mansue (No. 3) appeared in the Top 10.

Michellene Davis, Lori Herndon and Deborah Visconi appeared in the Top 50 (A-HHHI-PQ-Z).

Dr. Margarita Camacho

Dr. Margarita Camacho
Surgical director, Heart Transplant Program
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Camacho has performed more life-saving heart transplants than any surgeon in the U.S., performing 649 of the center’s 1,114 transplant surgeries.

Mary Ellen Clyne
Clara Maass Medical Center
Her leadership for more than 20 years has led to major facility upgrades, such as the opening of a new Emergency Department and the establishment of the Center of Excellence for Latino Health.

Regina Foley
SVP, Integration/Transformation
Hackensack Meridian Health
Known by many as the “vaccine czar” of HMH, Foley has overseen the program throughout HMH’s wide number of facilities.

Valerie Harr
Director of community health
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Leading Horizon Neighbors in Health, a $25 million program that aims to evaluate the impact of utilizing community health workers to address social determinants of health, in order to improve quality and access of care while reducing total cost.

Dr. Cindy Hou
Infection control officer
Jefferson Health
Hou began doing research about a novel virus in China long before it arrived in the U.S. Was honored by the American College of Osteopathic Internists as Researcher of the Year.

Dr. Laurie Jacobs
Chair, Internal Medicine
Hackensack Meridian Health
Helped establish (and still oversees) HMH’s COVID Recovery Center, which provides support for those recovering from COVID-19. Facility was first of its kind in New Jersey.

Suzanne Kunis
Vice president of behavioral health solutions
Horizon BCBSNJ
She is responsible for the development and management of innovative new behavioral health capabilities, programs and services.

Audrey Meyers
Valley Health System
Valley Hospital in Ridgewood was among the hardest-hit medical centers in the state, treating more than 1,200 patients — including as many as 239 at one time.

DeAnna Minus-Vincent
VP, social impact and community investment
RWJBarnabas Health
She is viewed as a trailblazer for spearheading a program that will implement a social determinants of health screening tool across the RWJBH footprint. (She also was, by far, the most nominated person for this list.)

Wendy Morriarty
VP and chief Medicaid officer
Horizon BCBSNJ
She has P&L responsibility for the Medicaid program’s more than 1 million members and is charged with leading the strategic direction for clinical operations delivery and clinical programs integration.

Sheilah O’Halloran
Senior VP, legal affairs
Atlantic Health
She handled complex financial arrangements, including an innovative co-member partnership with CentraState, while navigating the new legal challenges behind the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jill Ojserkis
Cooper Levenson
Veteran is one of the top health care lawyers in state. She is chair of the firm’s Healthcare Law Practice Group and a member of the Cannabis Law Practice Group.

Trish O’Keefe
Morristown Medical Center

Hospital has been No. 1 in the state in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings the past three years.

Nancy Palamara
VP, diagnostics and therapeutics
Holy Name Medical Center
Working around-the-clock for months, Palamara spearheaded a massive COVID-19 vaccination rollout and distribution effort, one of the largest and most efficient in the U.S.

Amy Perry
SVP, integrated care delivery
Atlantic Health System

Was one of two women in New Jersey to be named to Modern Healthcare’s national list of the Top 25 Women Leaders for her efforts during pandemic.

Stephanie Schwartz
Chilton Medical Center
Earning Magnet Designation (the highest national honor in nursing) is no easy feat; earning it during a pandemic speaks to the quality of leadership Schwartz brings to the No. 1 community hospital in state.

Nikki Sumpter
SVP and chief human resources officer
Atlantic Health
Sumpter helped system keep its workforce a top priority during the pandemic by organizing support for team members including housing assistance, dependent child and adult care, and providing annual merit-based pay increases. 

Patricia Toole
Chief hospital executive
Carrier Clinic
Key part of leadership team that has helped the Carrier Clinic gain recognition as having the top behavioral health facilities and programs in the state.

    • For the Top 10, click here.

    • For the rest of the Top 50 (alphabetically), click here (A-HH), here (HI-P) and here (Q-Z). 

    • And click here for 10 legendary business figures.

    • For the other sectors and all of the ROI Influencers: Women in Business, click here.