PRINCETON, NJ – Kevin J. Slavin, of Hackettstown, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health,
today was installed as chair of the Board of the New Jersey Hospital Association, the state’s
oldest and largest hospital and healthcare advocacy organization. The chair’s official installation,
as well as the appointment of new Board officers and members, was held during NJHA’s 101 st
Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

Slavin thanked departing Chair Joseph W. Devine, FACHE, of Sewell, president of Jefferson
Health New Jersey, for focusing on the mission of NJHA by continually asking “How does this
improve the health of the people of New Jersey?”

In his remarks, Slavin also recognized up-and-coming healthcare leaders, charging them to
challenge the status quo and to continue driving positive changes within their organizations.
“We must continue to push ourselves – and our thinking – if we’re going to discover innovative
solutions to our most challenging issues,” Slavin said. “And, above else, we will continue to use
the mission – to improve the health of the people of this state – as the ultimate guide for our
decision making.”

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NJHA President and CEO Cathy Bennett echoed the calls for innovation and diversifying
community partnerships.

“We need to invite more partners under the tent for a fresh look,” Bennett said. “Because good
health doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and we know that we need broad collaboration to build a
culture of health.”

Under Slavin as board chair, the following officers also were appointed to the NJHA Board:

Vice Chairman Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA, of Wayne, president and CEO of
Christian Health Care Center

Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee Lori Herndon, of Brigantine, president
and CEO of AtlantiCare

Secretary Edward J. Condit, of Denville, president and CEO of St. Mary’s General

The following healthcare leaders also were appointed as new board members:
Robert W. Brenner, MD, of Short Hills, president of Clinical Integration Physician Enterprise;
Kevin O’Dowd, of Princeton, co-president and CEO of Cooper University Health Care; Dennis
Pullin, of Marlton, president and CEO of Virtua Health; Rita Smith, of Edison, president of the
Organization of Nurse Leaders-New Jersey; Mark Stauder, of Somerset , chief operating officer
of Hackensack Meridian Health; Darryl K. Terry, of South Orange, president and CEO of
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; and Deborah D. Visconi, of Northvale, president and CEO
of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.

NJHA, based in Princeton, is a not-for-profit trade association that helps hospitals and other
healthcare providers deliver quality, accessible and affordable healthcare. Its affiliates the
Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey and the NJHA Institute for Quality and
Patients Safety, also nonprofit, engage in programming and partnerships to improve healthcare
quality and access.