Jersey City Medical Center executive earns top health care management credential

Kimberly Palestis, assistant vice president for nursing at Jersey City Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health, recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

“The health care management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” Deborah Bowen, CEO and president of ACHE, said. “By becoming an ACHE fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, health care leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.”

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 8,866 health care executives hold this distinction.

Palestis is honored to bear the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in health care management as an ACHE fellow.

Palestis, a registered nurse, has experience in areas including emergency services, clinical operations and clinical resource/value analysis, and she has held positions in intensive care, critical care and neurology care nursing. She has held leadership positions in clinical operations at Jersey City Medical Center and has special expertise in burn and forensic nursing. As assistant vice president for nursing, Palestis oversees the perioperative and procedural areas of the medical center, including Medical-Surgical and Clinical Operations; she is also co-leading the medical center’s initiative to implement a new electronic medical record software system across the entire facility.