Delaney to become new head of RWJUH Somerset

Named to succeed Cava, who will retire at end of year

Patrick Delaney will assume the role of chief administrative officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, the hospital’s top executive position, on Jan. 2, 2023.

Delaney, who currently serves as chief operating officer, is succeeding the retiring Anthony Cava.

Delaney joined RWJUH Somerset in March 2015 as administrative director of operations and was promoted to vice president of operations in 2016 and then to COO in 2020. In his current role, he oversees the hospital’s ambulatory services and support areas, including laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, rehabilitation services, maintenance, food and nutrition, environmental services, patient transport, security, construction services, emergency management, pastoral care and volunteer services.

He has worked closely with Cava to oversee hospital operations and facility improvements, including plans to begin construction this summer on a two-story vertical expansion that will house the hospital’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

Delaney also led the hospital’s operational response to the COVID-19 pandemic, overseeing COVID-19 screenings, testing and vaccination clinics, and helped lead the hospital’s transition to the Epic electronic health record system in 2021.

Bill Arnold, executive vice president of the Southern Region of RWJBarnabas Health, applauded the announcement.

“Patrick Delaney has worked side-by-side with Tony for the past seven years, and brings a broad knowledge and passion for health care operations and business development,” he said. “He will continue to build on the hospital’s tradition of clinical excellence, positioning it for future growth and ensuring that Central New Jersey residents have access to the highest quality medical care.”

Delaney previously held leadership positions at Bayshore Community Hospital, where he served as senior manager of operations; business manager for the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging/Women’s Center; and physician liaison for surgical services for Bayshore Community Hospital and Riverview Medical Center.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and an MBA from Monmouth University.