Elizabeth Ryan named new board chair of Inspira Health Network

Inspira Health Network’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday announced Elizabeth Ryan, former president and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association and the first woman to helm the association, will serve as the new Board Chair, effective immediately.

In addition, existing Trustees will assume other leadership positions, with Dawn Flitcraft serving as vice chair, Bob Hickock as secretary and Toni Pergolin as treasurer. Karen Albanese, David Krishna and Donna Perez were also newly appointed to the Board of Trustees.

Additionally, Network Board Trustee Zenaida Cobián will also be joining Inspira’s Hospital Board of Trustees – the governing body of Inspira’s hospitals that oversees and guides their various activities.

“As we continue to dedicate ourselves to the health of the communities we serve, we’re thrilled to have a diverse slate of strong leaders serve on our board as our advocates,” Amy Mansue, president and CEO, Inspira Health said. “These appointments reflect our steadfast commitment to ensure we have the ability and right people to provide the highest quality of health care. All of these board members stand out as true leaders in their industries and in their communities, and their ongoing counsel will help guide our organization as we advance our mission.”

An advocate for patients and hospitals in New Jersey, Ryan has served on the Inspira Health Network Board of Trustees since 2018, bringing a wealth of policy and advocacy experience.

She is currently executive in residence at the Bloustein School of Public Policy at Rutgers University and teaches in its program in health administration. As leader of NJHA from 2008 to 2017, she strengthened the association’s membership to include all of New Jersey’s acute care hospitals and a growing representation of post-acute care providers representing the continuum of health care services.

Ryan has led the association through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and repeated attempts to repeal it.

She began her career practicing law in Mount Holly and went on to serve as assistant counsel under former Gov. Jim Florio and Chief of Staff of the State Department of Health. Born and raised in New Jersey, she received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University (Cook College).