Arnold named CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick

Longtime RWJBH exec will continue in role as Southern Region head for system

Bill Arnold has been named CEO and president of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, RWJBarnabas Health officials announced Thursday.

Arnold has held leadership roles since joining the system in 1994. He currently serves as president, Southern Region, for RWJBarnabas Health, which includes Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth South and Community Medical Center.

Arnold will retain his duties for the Southern Region and continue efforts toward integrating RWJUH programs there for quaternary care services, including cardiovascular care, trauma, neuroscience and organ transplantation.

Jack Morris, chair of RWJ University Hospital – New Brunswick, said Arnold is the perfect fit for the job.

“Bill has proven his ability to create transformational change in his various and important leadership roles in our system,” Morris said. “His unique skillset will be essential to our continued integration with Rutgers University and RWJUH as we build a leading multicampus academic medical center.”

RWJBarnabas Health CEO Barry Ostrowsky agreed.

“The board of directors is confident that Bill is the right leader to build on the RWJUH legacy of excellence in high-level care, research and education,” Ostrowsky said. “His experience and ability to lead high-performing teams is exactly what is needed as we expand our New Brunswick academic medical campus.”

Prior to his promotion to the regional role in 2019, Arnold served as CEO of Monmouth Medical Center and the Unterberg Children’s Hospital.

Arnold received a Bachelor of Science degree from Stetson University and a master’s degree in health care administration from Seton Hall University.

He serves on the governing board of the New Jersey Hospital Association and is a member of the boards of directors of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, VNA Health Group, Boys & Girls Club of Asbury Park and the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. His prior board memberships have included the American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter and Long Branch’s Federally Qualified Health Center.