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Manigan Appointed as President of RWJBarnabas Health, Effective Immediately

Analysis  |  By Jasmyne Ray  
   March 02, 2022

Mark Manigan will step into the role of CEO after Ostrowsky retires at the end of 2022. 

RWJBarnabas Health announced Tuesday that chief strategy and business development officer, Mark E. Manigan, has been appointed as president of the New Jersey Health System. The promotion, effective immediately, came after a unanimous vote by the organization's board of trustees.

"I am humbled and honored to have been given the opportunity to lead this incredible health system," Manigan said in a statement. "I have been proud to work with Barry Ostrowsky, a true luminary in the field, whom I consider a friend and mentor. I am deeply moved by the commitment my 38,000 outstanding colleagues have to our mission and the communities we serve, particularly in response to the challenges presented by the pandemic."

Previous RWJBarnabas president, Barry H. Ostrowsky, has long had plans to retire at the end of 2022. Ostrowsky will hold the title of CEO until his retirement, with Manigan reporting directly to him and assuming the CEO role on January 1, 2023.

"Mark Manigan is a formidable strategist who has driven remarkable growth and expansion for the health system since joining in 2019," Ostrowsky said in a statement. "In defining those attributes for success needed in our next leader, the Board sought an individual with a broad portfolio of experiences, plus a bold vision for the future. I am confident that Mark brings all these skills and much more to this position."

Marc E. Berson, chair of the organization's board of trustees, said in a statement that Ostrowsky will be remembered as an inspirational leader.

"He has been the key driver of many critical advancements for the system including the formation of the RWJBarnabas Health system in 2016, the academic partnership with Rutgers University and the system's pivotal mission shift in creating healthier communities, driving health equity, and ending racism," Berson said. "We will be forever grateful for Barry for his tremendous service and leadership."

Jasmyne Ray is the revenue cycle editor at HealthLeaders. 

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