First Annual Spring Symposium and Healthcare Workshop

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ on the campus of Rutgers University

Total of 4.5 ACHE credits available for in-person registration only.

Guests must register their vehicles prior to parking on campus by visiting https://go.rutgers.edu/mhasymposiumparking. Non-registered vehicles may be ticketed. Event guest parking is available in Lots 76, 99C & 99D on Cook Campus. The registration system is running slowly – please keep the window open after you click register. It may take up to 5 minutes for the confirmation page to appear.


The event, “COVID-19 and Healthcare Resilience: Past, Present, and Future” will include three panel sessions, with each panel will make recommendations to address the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on the underserved communities in New Jersey.


The opening panel will be a working lunch session and include medical and nursing officers from some of the state’s largest healthcare organizations discussing Heathcare Crisis Management. Co-moderated by Mark Sparta, FACHE, President & CHE, Hackensack University Medical Center & Executive Vice President, Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health and Huzaifa Shakir, MD, MHA, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School,confirmed panelists include Reg Blaber, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Virtua Health; John Bonamo, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Quality Officer and CMO, RWJBarnabas Health; Dan Varga, MD, Chief Physician Executive, Hackensack Meridian Health; Carl Kirton, DNP, MBA, RN, ANP, Chief Nursing Officer, University Hospital;Betty Sheridan, RN, BSN, MA, NEA-BC, FACHE, Chief Administrative Officer, Inspira Health; and Lewis Rubinson, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health.


The second panel will include a discussion of Behavioral Healthcare with behavioral health experts including Don Parker, President/CEO, Carrier Clinic, Hackensack Meridian Health; Russ Micoli, Vice President, Behavioral Health Services, Virtua Health; Tara Chalakani, PsyD, Deputy CEO, Preferred Behavioral Health Group; Aakash Shah, MD, MBA, MSc, White House Fellow and Physical, Hackensack Meridian Health; and Frank Ghinassi, President and CEO, Rutgers Health University Behavioral Health Care. The panel will be moderated by Robert Kley, Vice President/COO, MHANJ.


The afternoon will conclude with a panel of CEO’s who will discuss how to successfully lead change and how the healthcare community can look forward, post-COVID. Moderated by Cathy Bennett, JD, President and CEO, New Jersey Hospitals Association, panelists will include Amy Mansue, President, Inspira Health Network; Bill Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick; Mark Stauder, President of the Hospitals and Health Services Divisions, and Chief Operating Officer of Health System, Hackensack Meridian Health; Shereef Elnahal, MD, President and CEO, University Hospital.



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