RWJ University Hospital hires chief operating officer from N.Y.-Presbyterian

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has named a new chief operating officer, it announced this week, hiring a senior leader from New York-Presbyterian.

In his new role as COO of the RWJBarnabas Health facility, Alan Lee will align hospital operations with the RWJUH mission of delivering world-class patient care at the highest standards of clinical quality, performance and patient experience, the health system said in a news release. Lee also will foster new collaborations among Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School faculty physicians, RWJBH Medical Group physicians and community physicians, among other duties.

“We’re excited to welcome Mr. Lee to our team at RWJUH,” hospital CEO and President Bill Arnold said in a prepared statement. “As we work to strengthen RWJUH’s position as a premier academic medical center in our state and region, Mr. Lee brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as an administrative leader. He has a proven track record of leading teams known for exceptional quality, outcomes, patient experience and research programs.

“We are confident that his expertise will prove invaluable to RWJUH as we enter this phase of expansion and transformation.”

Most recently, Lee was with New York-Presbyterian in multiple leadership roles, including serving as vice president of support services and patient experience at NYP/Weill Cornell, then vice president of operations at NYP/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and then COO at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

“Throughout his career, Mr. Lee has demonstrated a strong, bottom-up management style, empowering frontline health care providers to identify challenges and develop strategies for improvement,” RWJUH board Chair Jack Morris said in a statement. “His diverse body of professional experience and outstanding collaborative skills align perfectly with our vision for what we want to achieve with our academic partners.”