Michael J. Charlton has been named president and CEO of the AtlantiCare Health System, after a thorough selection process conducted by executive search firm, Korn Ferry. Charlton, who has been serving as interim president and CEO since June 1, will be responsible for AtlantiCare’s operations, development, and strategic growth, leading a team of more than 6,500 individuals in serving the community in five southeastern New Jersey counties. He has served as a member of the AtlantiCare Board of Directors for more than 14 years, with six years as Board Chair.
While leading a successful local business, Charlton served as chair of the organization’s system board from 2017 through early 2023 and was a member of the AtlantiCare Regional Health Services Board from 2009 through 2016. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and still serves on a national committee that is focused on the healthcare workforce. He has a B.S. in Healthcare Administration and Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Healthcare Leadership from Brown University.
“Michael is a proven, purpose-driven and visionary leader who knows AtlantiCare, our team, the communities we serve, and the dynamic healthcare landscape,” said David Goddard, current chair of AtlantiCare’s Board. “He excels at fostering collaboration and innovation to drive transformative change, and advocating for policies and programs that address the healthcare and societal issues impacting our patients and caregivers. Michael is the ideal leader to guide AtlantiCare through this challenging, ever-evolving new age of healthcare.”
“I am humbled and privileged to be leading a team of highly dedicated and passionate people who deliver great care to our patients and support to their caregivers,” said Charlton. “AtlantiCare carries a 125-year-old legacy of distinction in the quality of care that we provide, and I firmly believe that we are positioned for great achievements. I was born here, my roots are here, and my goal is to honor that legacy by prioritizing patient-centered care and working tirelessly with our team to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of our community.”
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