Archive | June 2019

New Jersey Healthcare Executives Leadership Academy’s 2019 Class Completes Program

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP), and New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) are proud to announce that the 2019 class for their jointly sponsored New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy (NJHELA) recently completed this year’s program.

In its third year, NJHELA seeks to build collaborative leadership skills among physicians and executives from both hospitals and health insurance companies. The graduates of the 2019 class include:

  • Eric Alcera, MD – Associate Corporate Medical Director, Hackensack Meridian Health
  • James Baird, DO – Attending Emergency Medicine Physician, Assistant Medical Director of Emergency Department, Team Health Northeast | Jefferson Health
  • Laura Balsamini, PharmD, BCPS – National Vice President, Pharmacy Services, Summit Health Management
  • Edith Calamia, DO, MPN, CMD – Chief Medical Officer, NJ, E&I, M&R, UnitedHealthcare
  • Rachel Corus, MA, LAC – Director, Behavioral Health, Horizon Health/CarePoint
  • Mary Ditri, DHA – Director, Professional Practice, New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Brian Freed, DO – Interventional Pain Management, Summit Medical Group
  • Kennedy Ganti, MD, FAAFP – Primary Care Physician, Physician Informatician, Chair – Advisory Committee – OneHealth NJ, Medical Society of New Jersey
  • JoAnn Karcic, MPA – Behavioral Health Programs, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • John Kulin, DO, FCUCM – CEO, The Urgent Care Group
  • Michael Litterer, CHES, CPS – Director of Prevention and Recovery, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Sarah Lynn Geiger, MPA – Vice President, New Jersey Association of Health Plans
  • Ravi Maharajh, EdS, LPC, ACS – Program Manager, Rutgers Health – University Behavioral Health Care
  • Tina Miles, LCSW – Director, Behavioral Health Services | Psychiatry Administration, Joseph’s Health
  • Steven Orland, MD – Physician & 2nd Vice President, Board of Trustees, Medical Society of New Jersey
  • Tracy Parris-Benjamin, LMSW – Clinical Design Liaison, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Kenneth Rodenbaugh, RN, BSN, CARN, CENSouthern Ocean Medical Center | Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Gloria-Ann Seel, LCSW, LCADC, MAC – Sr. Director of Addictions, AtlantiCare
  • Ramon Solhkhah, MD – Chair, Department of Psychiatry; and Corporate Medical Director, HMH Behavioral Health Care Transformation Service, Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Jill Squiers – Government Relations Manager, AmeriHealth New Jersey
  • Ishani Ved, MHA, CPHQ – Director, Performance Improvement Analytics & Quality, Saint Peter’s University Healthcare System
  • Peter “Tucker” Woods, DO – CMO, Christ Hospital | CarePoint Health

The 2019 program began in January and ran through June, offering in-depth sessions focusing on the opioid crisis in the state of New Jersey. The program was kicked-off in January with Former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey and Dr. Aakash Shah, Medical Director at NJ Reentry Corporation. During the program, members of the class were divided into groups, with each industry represented, to develop and formally present projects that highlighted different aspects of this important issue and providing solutions to combat this crisis. The program wrapped up with Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland, who led the plenary session on Thursday, June 6, followed by group presentations of their projects at the program’s closing ceremony and reception held on Friday, June 7 at the Nassau Inn in Princeton, NJ. Healthcare leaders and executives from each industry were present to hear more about the 2019 Class’s recommendations and receive insight on how they would try to implement these proposed solutions and strategic tactics within their own facilities, companies and/or practices.

Seton Hall University returned for its third consecutive year as NJHELA’s academic partner. Faculty from Seton Hall’s School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) developed the curriculum and presented alongside esteemed Guest Faculty for each session.

Partial funding for this year’s NJHELA program was provided by The Physicians Foundation and the Institute of Medicine & Public Health of NJ. The program was first initiated in 2017 through a collaborative of payers, physicians and hospitals convened by the Fannie Rippel Foundation.

Plans for NJHELA’s 2020 program are currently in the works. For more information about NJHELA and this year’s graduating class, visit www.njhela.com.

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Members of NJHELA’s 2019 graduating class presented a project entitled “Educate For Change: #ADDICTIONIMPACTSME” and were awarded a certificate of completion in Advanced Health Care Leadership from the program’s academic partner Seton Hall University by Dr. Stephen Wagner, Seton Hall University Faculty member, Larry Downs, Esq., CEO of the Medical Society of New Jersey, Ward Sanders, Esq., President of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans and Victoria Brogan, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of the New Jersey Hospital Association. Group members pictured here are: JoAnn Karcic, MPA – Behavioral Health Programs, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Ravi Maharajh, EdS, LPC, ACS – Program Manager, Rutgers Health – University Behavioral Health Care; Tina Miles, LCSW – Director, Behavioral Health Services | Psychiatry Administration, St. Joseph’s Health; and Kenneth Rodenbaugh, RN, BSN, CARN, CEN – Southern Ocean Medical Center | Hackensack Meridian Health.

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Members of NJHELA’s 2019 graduating class presented a project entitled “Getting Guidance: Evaluation of Guideline Driven Care for Opiate Use Disorder Across Healthcare: A Multi-Stakeholder Study” and were awarded a certificate of completion in Advanced Health Care Leadership from the program’s academic partner Seton Hall University by Dr. Anne Hewitt, Seton Hall University Faculty member, Larry Downs, Esq., CEO of the Medical Society of New Jersey, Ward Sanders, Esq., President of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans and Victoria Brogan, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of the New Jersey Hospital Association. Group members pictured here are: Eric Alcera, MD – Associate Corporate Medical Director, Hackensack Meridian Health; Laura Balsamini, PharmD, BCPS – National Vice President, Pharmacy Services, Summit Health Management; and Kennedy Ganti, MD, FAAFP – Primary Care Physician, Physician Informatician, Chair – Advisory Committee – OneHealth NJ, Medical Society of New Jersey. Group members not pictured: Edith Calamia, DO, MPN, CMD – Chief Medical Officer, NJ, E&I, M&R, UnitedHealthcare and Brian Freed, DO – Interventional Pain Management, Summit Medical Group.

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Members of NJHELA’s 2019 graduating class presented a project entitled “Entry Points to Recovery Pathways for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)” and were awarded a certificate of completion in Advanced Health Care Leadership from the program’s academic partner Seton Hall University by Dr. Terry Cahill, Seton Hall University faculty member, Larry Downs, Esq., CEO of the Medical Society of New Jersey, Ward Sanders, Esq., President of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans and Victoria Brogan, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of the New Jersey Hospital Association. Group members pictured here are: John Kulin, DO, FCUCM – CEO, The Urgent Care Group; Tracy Parris-Benjamin, LMSW – Clinical Design Liaison, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Gloria-Ann Seel, LCSW, LCADC, MAC – Sr. Director of Addictions, AtlantiCare; and Peter “Tucker” Woods, DO – CMO, Christ Hospital | CarePoint Health.

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Members of NJHELA’s 2019 graduating class presented a project entitled “Using Trigger Point Injections as an Opportunity to Expand the ALTO Program and to Reduce Opiate Prescribing” and were awarded a certificate of completion in Advanced Health Care Leadership from the program’s academic partner Seton Hall University by Dr. Nalin Johri, Seton Hall University faculty member, Larry Downs, Esq., CEO of the Medical Society of New Jersey, Ward Sanders, Esq., President of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans and Victoria Brogan, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of the New Jersey Hospital Association. Group members pictured here are: James Baird, DO – Attending Emergency Medicine Physician, Assistant Medical Director of Emergency Department, Team Health Northeast | Jefferson Health; Sarah Lynn Geiger, MPA – Vice President, New Jersey Association of Health Plans; Ramon Solhkhah, MD – Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Corporate Medical Director, HMH Behavioral Health Care Transformation Service, Hackensack Meridian Health; and Jill Squiers – Government Relations Manager, AmeriHealth New Jersey.

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Members of NJHELA’s 2019 graduating class presented a project entitled “L.A.W.S.: Level-setting Assessment for Working with Substance Use Disorders” and were awarded a certificate of completion in Advanced Health Care Leadership from the program’s academic partner Seton Hall University by Dr. Terry Cahill, Seton Hall University faculty member, Larry Downs, Esq., CEO of the Medical Society of New Jersey, Ward Sanders, Esq., President of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans and Victoria Brogan, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of the New Jersey Hospital Association. Group members pictured here are: Mary Ditri, DHA – Director, Professional Practice, New Jersey Hospital Association; Michael Litterer, CHES, CPS – Director of Prevention and Recovery, RWJBarnabas Health; Steven Orland, MD – Physician & 2nd Vice President, Board of Trustees, Medical Society of New Jersey; and Ishani Ved, MHA, CPHQ – Director, Performance Improvement Analytics & Quality, Saint Peter’s University Healthcare System. Group members not pictured: Rachel Corus, MA, LAC – Director, Behavioral Health, Horizon Health/CarePoint.

 

About the Medical Society of New Jersey:

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) is the oldest professional society in the United States. MSNJ has a mission to promote the betterment of the public health and the science and the art of medicine, to enlighten public opinion in regard to the problems of medicine, and to safeguard the rights of the practitioners of medicine. MSNJ represents all medical disciplines and serves as an advocate for patient and physician rights. Its members are dedicated to ensuring delivery of the highest quality medical care throughout New Jersey. For more information, visit www.msnj.org.

About the New Jersey Association of Health Plans:

Founded in 1994, the New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster improved understanding of the value that health plans contribute to New Jersey’s health care system. Among its core objectives, the NJAHP promotes collaborative efforts among health plans, providers, purchasers, brokers and consumers to expand access to high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care. For more information about NJAHP, visit www.njahp.org.

About the New Jersey Hospital Association:

The New Jersey Hospital Association is a not-for-profit trade organization committed to delivering support and services to the state’s hospitals and other healthcare providers. We share a collective goal of providing quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to the people of the Garden State. Founded in 1918, NJHA has grown to become one of the largest and most influential healthcare organizations in the state. Our membership has grown in numbers and diversity, with close to 400 healthcare organizations including hospitals, health systems, nursing homes, home health agencies, hospice providers and healthcare-related business and educational institutions in our membership ranks. NJHA provides leadership in advocacy, policy analysis, quality and financial data, education and community outreach. For more information about NJHA, visit www.njha.com.

About Seton Hall University and the School of Health and Medical Sciences:

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. The university’s School of Health and Medical Sciences provides exemplary academic and clinical training in graduate-level health sciences and health administration, with a focus on interprofessional education. Its fully accredited degree programs include professional graduate education programs in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology; the Master of Healthcare Administration program, offered in both online and on-campus formats; and the post-professional PhD in Health Sciences program. For more information, visit www.shu.edu/health.

 

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