EAST ORANGE, NJ — Mary Beth Ray – Simone, MAS, BSN, BS, RN, a nurse with a wealth of experience in hospital care management as well as in emergency medicine, has been named the hospital’s new Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. 

In that role, Mrs. Ray –Simone will oversee the day-to-day operations of Nursing and Behavioral Health and will develop strategies to strengthen the hospital’s high quality, compassionate patient care.

“We are excited to have Ms. Ray – Simone join the East Orange General family in this critical role overseeing the high level of care we provide to each and every one of our patients,” said Martin A. Bieber, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. “Ms. Ray-Simone has shown great leadership and the ability to innovate in a fast-changing health care environment. She will be a tremendous asset to our hospital.”

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Mrs. Ray –Simone has demonstrated a track record overseeing the full spectrum of clinical and nursing operations and also has impressive leadership experience in emergency medical services. She most recently served as Interim Chief Nursing Officer at Bayonne Medical Center, where she oversaw a range of nursing operations, including inpatient, renal dialysis and clinical ancillary services.  She also has been actively involved in regulatory compliance and quality management activities.

Mrs. Ray-Simone is a graduate of the Clara Maass School of Nursing.  She holds a Certificate as Emergency Nurse Specialist, a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thomas Edison State College and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Prior to her tenure at Bayonne, Ms. Ray-Simone served at a number of other hospitals and healthcare organizations, including Liberty Health/Jersey City Medical Center. As Vice President at the Jersey City hospital, she oversaw multiple hospital operations, including emergency services/disaster planning, primary and specialty services and ambulatory care.

Mrs. Ray-Simone established a State of NJ certified EMT training program and also established a NJ State Department of Higher Education Associates degree program in paramedic science in conjunction with Hudson County Community College. 

She also served as the Jersey City EMS Incident Commander on 9-11 and the aftermath. Mrs. Ray-Simone lives in Kearny, New Jersey.

About East Orange General Hospital: 

East Orange General Hospital is East Orange’s largest private employer and Essex County’s only independent, fully accredited, acute-care hospital.  Serving the community for more than a century, East Orange General recently expanded its services and is continually adding new equipment and programs to provide the highest level of quality and compassionate patient care.  Specialty areas include: Same Day Surgery, Physical Rehabilitation, Behavioral Health, Family Health, Emergency Medicine, Outpatient Hemodialysis, Hyperbaric/Wound Management, Vascular and Medical/Surgical Services.