Valley Health names Brenner as president, Bhavsar as COO

Dr. Robert Brenner was announced Monday as the president of Ridgewood-based Valley Health System. Brenner will oversee all operational areas of the system, including its new hospital, home care and hospice agency, medical group and more than 100 outpatient medical practice and treatment locations.

He will report to Audrey Meyers, Valley Health System’s CEO.

The announcement was made jointly by Meyers and Kevin Lobo, chair of Valley Health System’s board of trustees. Meyers will continue to serve as Valley Health System’s CEO, stewarding the system’s vision and leading, in partnership with the board, its strategy development and future program and service expansion.

“As we look forward to the milestone of opening our new campus in Paramus — which will be the health care destination for generations of northern New Jersey residents for years to come — it is the right time to appoint Rob as our system president,” Meyers said. “He has the vision, the experience, the talent and the skills to ensure Valley’s continued success.”

“Valley is about to embark on a new and exciting chapter, one that will enhance the care it will provide its patients and the community in ways previously unseen,” Lobo added. “Against that backdrop, we are pleased to appoint Rob as system president. His passion for employing innovative ways to manage care, his dedication to educating the next generation of doctors, and his ability to prepare for the future of health care will serve Valley and the community very well.”

Valley also announced the promotion of Karteek Bhavsar to the position of senior vice president and chief operating officer for Valley Health System. In his expanded role, Bhavsar will report directly to and work closely with Brenner to lead all system operations, especially the operations of the Valley Hospital in Paramus.

Bhavsar has been with Valley for 25 years and provides operational leadership for the system. He oversees key initiatives, including margin enhancement and the organization’s commitment to being a High Reliability Organization, as well as information systems, facilities and Valley’s organizational and operational performance.