Doctor, lawyer, energy exec named to Atlantic Health’s board of trustees

LaVecchia, Pham and Ranger named to Morristown-based health system's governing body

Morristown-based Atlantic Health recently added three members to its board of trustees. The integrated health system, which cares for a region of 6.2 million people in 12 counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, on Thursday announced it welcomed Jaynee LaVecchia, Dr. Mai Pham and Michael Ranger to its board.

LaVecchia, currently a partner at the law firm of McCarter & English, served for more than 21 years on the New Jersey Supreme Court. She is one of the most consequential justices in modern history, sitting longer than any woman on the state Supreme Court.

As associate justice, LaVecchia presided over hundreds of complex cases on issues impacting New Jersey’s most prominent industries. From 1998 to 2000, LaVecchia served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance, where saw oversaw thousands of banks, insurers and credit unions. She previously served as deputy chief counsel for Gov. Thomas Kean, chief administrative law judge in the state’s Office of Administrative Law and as director of the Division of Law within the Department of Law and Public Safety.  She is a recipient of the Medal of Honor from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, a member of the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni, and has been honored with the Rutgers Law School Distinguished Alumni Award and the New Jersey Women of Achievement Award.

Pham is president of the Institute for Exceptional Care, a nonprofit dedicated to making health care better for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A general internist and health policy leader, Pham formerly served as vice president, provider alignment solutions, at Anthem (now Elevance), the country’s second-largest health insurer. Pham was previously chief innovation officer at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, where she served as architect of Medicare’s primary care and accountable care organization programs. She is a trustee of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care and serves on the National Advisory Council for the Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality. Pham has published widely on the intersection of provider payment policy and health disparities, care coordination, and quality performance.

As CEO of Covanta Holding Corp., Ranger led the organization through the pandemic and a successful acquisition by EQT Infrastructure. Co-founder of the private equity firm Diamond Castle Holdings, Ranger was previously group head of global energy & power at DLJ. He is the lead director for the board of directors at Consolidated Edison. Ranger presently serves as board chair of his alma mater, St. Lawrence University. He formerly served as board chair of the Seeing Eye and board president of the Morristown-Beard School. Ranger is a board member of LifeCamp Inc., a nonprofit providing enriching summer camp experiences for young Newark residents.

“We are delighted to welcome these remarkable leaders to the Atlantic Health family and grateful they will volunteer their time and talent to advance our mission to build healthier communities,” Brian Gragnolati, CEO and president, said. “We look forward to engaging their expertise and experience in support of every patient who entrusts us with their care.”