WEST ORANGE, NJ – In an annual ranking recognizing exceptional individuals in New Jersey, known amongst the community to have an innate ability to affect change, Barry Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for RWJBarnabas Health, was named one of “The 25 Most Influential People in New Jersey” by NJ Advance Media.
The leader of the state’s largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system, RWJBarnabas Health’s Ostrowsky is listed amongst other influential men in the state like Governor Chris Christie; rock idols Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi; US Senator Cory Booker; Comedian Stephen Colbert; Rutgers University President Robert Barchi; and others.
In creating this year’s list of the 25 Most Influential People, NJ Advance Media considered relevance in social, political and cultural realms, as well as an “X-Factor” to develop their scorecard.
As the leader of the second-largest private employer in the state, Ostrowsky oversees RWJBarnabas Health’s initiatives, ensures the highest-quality health care for patients, and is currently spearheading a statewide endeavor to promote wellness and healthier living for all employees and the diverse communities it serves.
Ostrowsky has also been vocal in speaking out about the need for more female leaders in executive positions and positions of power.
“I am proud of the efforts that we are making at our own institution, but there is always room for growth,” said Ostrowsky. “The time has come for an honest conversation about the role that men, including myself, must play in ensuring equal access to leadership for women. The bottom line is that decision makers in nearly every industry are men, and therefore it is incumbent upon us to facilitate the change needed.”
Ostrowsky joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in 1991 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He served in the same role at Barnabas Health, when the system was created in 1996.
In 2010, Ostrowsky assumed the title of President and CEO in 2010 and was officially named President and CEO in January 2012. Ostrowsky was also named President and CEO of the newly formed RWJBarnabas Health.
Ostrowsky was a Senior Partner in the law firm of Brach Eichler. Throughout his career, Ostrowsky has also been actively involved in many community organizations, received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Tennessee School of Law.
Ostrowsky now stands at the head of the more-than 32,000 employees, 9000 physicians and 1000 residents and interns that work or reside at RWJBarnabas Health, which currently includes eleven acute hospitals in New Jersey.