NEWTON, NJ - Newton Medical Center recently announced that Tom Senker, FACHE, President, Newton Medical Center, and Vice President, Atlantic Health System, will transition into retirement in 2014 after a 43-year career in health care administration. Joe DiPaolo, Director of Operations, Newton Medical Center, assumed the role of President, Newton Medical Center, and Vice President, Atlantic Health System, effective January 1, 2014.
Senker will remain at Atlantic Health System throughout 2014, working with DiPaolo for three months, and then on special assignments through 2014.
“It's truly been a wonderful journey for me, with great memories and the opportunity to have worked with many talented people, including so many who understand the hospital’s vision and have taken personal ownership in assuring a vibrant future for Newton Medical Center,” said Senker.
Senker arrived at then-Newton Memorial Hospital in 2005 as its president/CEO and successfully led NMC through its merger and integration into AHS in 2011. Under Senker’s leadership, the hospital has garnered numerous accomplishments and earned multiple accolades, including:
· Top Hospital overall in New Jersey for two years in a row among hospitals with 350 beds, according to a survey of physicians by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
· An “A” grade for patient safety in the Fall 2013 update to the Leapfrog Hospital Safety ScoreSM
· Accreditations by the American College of Radiology for digital mammography services and the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for heart services, as well as the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer.
· Primary Stroke Center certification and the new Telemedicine Electronic Stroke System, offering patients immediate access to stroke specialists at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute
· The 2006 opening of the Charles L. Tice Heart Center for Diagnostic Services
· Expanded access to quality care at Sparta Health & Wellness, including the area's first cancer treatment center; Vernon Health & Wellness/Urgent Care and Milford Health & Wellness in Pennsylvania
· Providing community benefit by offering thousands of hours of health care education and screenings, support groups and classes to assist those in need.
· Affiliation with Atlantic Health System, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in New Jersey
Senker has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 1985. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Sussex County Community College, Pass It Along and the St. Kateri Finance Council. He previously has served as a board member of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce and has held various leadership roles in many health care, charitable, and civic organizations in multiple states over his career.
The recipient of numerous academic and health care awards, Senker received the SunHealth “Service to Alliance” Award and the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Leadership award.
A resident of Sparta, New Jersey, he has been married for 39 years to Margaret Bridget McNamara Senker, and they are the parents of three adult children and three grandchildren.
“As I hand over the reins, it is reassuring to know that our next leader, Joe DiPaolo, will remain dedicated to further strengthening this important community asset, and along with the support of the entire hospital community, will assure the highest quality care, the safest environment and the best experience possible for our patients.”
DiPaolo joined Atlantic Health System in April 2000 as Director of Strategic Sourcing, where he had responsibility for the purchasing and supply chain operations. His corporate responsibilities eventually expanded to include the pharmacy operations and the orthopedic service line across Atlantic Health System. In 2011, he joined NMC as director of Operations.
Prior to joining Atlantic Health System, DiPaolo spent nine years with Cardinal Health in various management positions across Cardinal’s different divisions. DiPaolo holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from George Washington University and an MBA from Fordham University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“The opportunity to lead Newton Medical Center is a great privilege,” DiPaolo said. “Our hospital has a rich tradition of delivering excellent and compassionate care to the communities we serve. This leadership transition comes at a time of strength at Newton. Tom put in place the building blocks to ensure we are on the right path to meet the evolving health care needs of patients and families of Sussex County. Our management team is talented and experienced, our caregivers are skilled and caring and our affiliation with Atlantic Health System brings unprecedented access to world-class care directly to our community, right in their own neighborhoods. All of these factors give me confidence that our future is bright and that our continued success will only benefit the families who rely on us for hope and healing.”