Underscoring the importance of the healthcare industry as New Jersey’s second-largest employment sector, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno recently joined New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd to address the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) at its 96th Annual Meeting in Princeton.
“Whether we are talking about the economy, healthcare or even disaster response, New Jersey has always enjoyed a fruitful and successful partnership with our hospitals,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “We are grateful for the industry’s work to ensure accessible and quality healthcare for our residents. I look forward to working more closely with our hospitals, the Association and other industry representatives to support innovation, to cut regulations that inhibit best practices and to recognize what health management needs to excel here in New Jersey.”
Founded in 1918, NJHA is a not-for-profit trade organization committed to delivering support and services to its nearly 400 members. The 96th annual meeting brought together executives, trustees and physicians from across the state to welcome Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president and CEO of Saint Clare’s Health System, as NJHA’s new board chairman. The event also honored representatives of New Jersey’s healthcare industry with awards in areas like industry leadership and community outreach.
“We greatly appreciate the Lt. Governor’s participation in our 96th annual meeting,” said Elizabeth Ryan, NJHA president and CEO. “She has always recognized our members not only as providers of healthcare services, but also as major employers that contribute to both the physical and fiscal well-being of our state.”
New Jersey’s hospitals employ approximately 140,000 individuals and provide $19 billion in jobs, spending and other economic benefits to the Garden State’s economy.Related Articles: