Jersey City Medical Center welcomes 1st person of Latinx heritage to serve as board chair

Jersey City Medical Center recently welcomed Carlos Lejnieks, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, as the hospital’s new board chair.  A board member since 2011, Lejnieks was chair of the medical center’s Quality Assessment & Risk Management Committee from 2014 to 2017.

Lejnieks is the first person of Latinx heritage to serve as the chair of the Jersey City Medical Center board of trustees.

“Carlos is deeply committed to our local community and to ensuring that the very best health care is available to residents of Hudson County. His leadership, vision and insight as board chair will be key to the medical center’s growth in the future,” Michael Prilutsky, CEO and president, Jersey City Medical Center, said.

Aligned with JCMC’s commitment to healing, enhancing and investing in Hudson County, Lejnieks also has extensive ties to the local community. He serves on the New Jersey City University board, where he is a member of its executive committee. He has also been on the board of regents for Saint Peter’s University since 2011.

“I’m honored to be named as Jersey City Medical Center’s new board chair. I see my new role as an extension of my mentoring mission: to empower others to see what a difference they can make and what they can accomplish,” Lejnieks said. “We will continue to make a difference in health outcomes for Hudson County residents.”

Lejnieks has taken his grassroots experience to inform policy. He currently serves on Gov. Phil Murphy’s Third Sector Advisory Council, tasked with policy recommendations for the 1.2 million “ALICE” (Asset Limited Income Constrained and Employed) families most affected by the pandemic and, in 2018, he was appointed to the New Jersey Real Estate Commission. He also has also served on former President Barack Obama’s Regional Finance Committee, and transition teams for Murphy, Gov. Chris Christie and former Newark Mayor Cory Booker.