Executive and Steering Committees

Robert T Adamson

Senior Vice President & Operational Project Director, EPIC Implementation

Robert T. Adamson, PharmD, FASHP
Senior Vice President & Operational Project Director, EPIC Implementation

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Facility and Care Model: The Health System

What excites Robert most about Epic: A unified health record will allow our patients to have a voice in their care.

Fun fact: I am very passionate about wine and playing drums.

Andy Anderson, MD

CEO Combined Medical Group

John F. Bonamo, MD, MS, FACOG, FACPE*

Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Quality Officer

Thomas A. Biga

President, Hospital Division

John William Doll, CPA*

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Robert Irwin

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Stephen O'Mahony, MD

Senior Vice President and Chief Health Information Office

Stephen O’Mahony, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Health Information Officer

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Facility and Care Model: Corporate Office

What excites Stephen most about Epic: This will enable us to deliver the best possible care and highest level of satisfaction. An underlying barrier to achieving high reliability has been the fragmented systems we have had to work around for years. This is a great platform to help unite us for a common goal across the entire enterprise.

Fun fact: My soccer league plays outside all year round, unless the snow is too high to shovel off the turf!

Jordan Ruch, MBA

Chief Innovation Officer / Epic IT Project Director

Jordan Ruch, MBA
Chief Innovation Officer and Epic IT Project Director

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Facility and Care Model: All sites

What excites Jordan most about Epic: We cannot deliver on the goals of our Strategic Plan without a uniform EHR. A common, consistent and highly reliable experience for our patients and employees across the system will improve the health of our communities.

Fun fact: I love to cook (and eat)

Robert T. Adamson, PharmD, FASHP

Senior Vice President & Operational Project Director, EPIC Implementation

Robert T. Adamson, PharmD, FASHP
Senior Vice President & Operational Project Director, EPIC Implementation

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Facility and Care Model: The Health System

What excites Robert most about Epic: A unified health record will allow our patients to have a voice in their care.

Fun fact: I am very passionate about wine and playing drums.

Dr. Paul Alexander, M.D., MPH

Chief Transformation Officer

Jim Andrews, MHL

Senior Vice President, Cardiac and Neurosciences Service Lines

Jim Andrews, MHL
Senior Vice President, Cardiac and Neurosciences Service Lines

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Facility and Care Model: Corporate Office and System Service Lines

What excites Jim most about Epic: We will have aggregated data to make meaningful strategic decisions on population health; increased data integrity; additional controls to improve quality; improved operational efficiency; and more in-depth metric reporting to support all of the above.

Fun fact: When writing, I make the letter O clockwise.

Tony Cava

Chief Executive Officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Martin S. Everhart, MPA

Chief Human Resources Officer

Martin S. Everhart, MPA
Chief Human Resources Officer

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Facility and Care Model: Corporate Office

What excites Martin most about Epic: Having experienced the power of having all medical tests, history and visits easily available to providers, Epic will truly enhance the care delivered to our patients.

Fun fact: I have experienced many parts of the USA on a motorcycle.

Julie Flemming

Vice President, Support Services, RWJBarnabas-Rutgers Medical Group

Julie Flemming
Vice President, Support Services, RWJBarnabas-Rutgers Medical Group

Fun fact: I enjoy spending time with family and friends and have recently taken up cycling. 

Tipton Ford, MBA, FACMPE

Chief Operating Officer, Combined Medical Group

Tipton Ford, MBA, FACMPE
Chief Operating Officer, Combined Medical Group

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Facility and Care Model: RWJBarnabas-Rutgers Medical Group

What excites Tipton most about Epic: Improving the safety of patient care across our health system and using the Epic platform to facilitate integration of the medical group physicians, advanced practice clinicians and staff.

Fun fact: I am a classically trained percussionist and my favorite instrument is the timpani or kettledrums.

Frank Ghinassi, PhD, ABPP

Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health and Addictions Service Line, RWJBH, and President and CEO, University Behavioral Health Care

Frank A. Ghinassi, PhD, ABPP
Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health and Addictions Service Line, RWJBH, and President and CEO, University Behavioral Health Care

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Facility and Care Model: Academic Medical Centers

What excites Frank most about Epic: The instantaneous exchange of vital patient health information, allowing for coordinated treatment planning, smooth transitions across levels of care, and across facilities, and enhanced patient safety and experiences of care.

Fun fact: I paid for college by working summers in the blast furnace at United States Steel Homestead Works plant in Pittsburgh. And, from 2004 to 2016 I was the team psychologist for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nancy Holecek, MHA, MAS, RN

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer - Northern Region

Nancy Holecek, MHA, MAS, RN
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer – Northern Region

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Facility and Care Model: Northern Region

What excites Nancy most about Epic: That we will be able to connect our clinicians to our patients and share data across the continuum.

Fun fact: I have my boating license.

Michael E. Knecht, FACHE

System Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Communications

Michael E. Knecht, FACHE
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

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Facility and Care Model: Corporate Functional Leader

What excites Michael most about Epic: I am most excited by the prospect that after nearly four years post-merger, all team members will finally be operating from the same “place” and having one common platform from which they can deliver care.

Fun fact: I walked the Great Wall of China during the dead of winter.

Laura Lark

Vice President, Emergency Department Service Line

Laura Lark
Vice President, Emergency and Hospitalist Medcine Service Line

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Facility and Care Model: RWJBH Emergency Departments

What excites Laura most about Epic: The unified platform for running reports, metrics and measurements, having a common language across the system and reducing siloed work.

Fun fact: I played the cello for nine years.

Deborah Larkin-Carney, RN, BSN, MBA

Vice President, Patient Safety & Quality

Deborah Larkin-Carney, RN, BSN, MBA
Senior Vice President, Quality, Patient Safety and Patient Experience

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Facility and Care Model: System Oversight of Patient Safety & Quality

What excites Deborah most about Epic: It will provide a platform for the same mental model and a consistent approach to care while being supported by national best practices.

Fun fact: I am right brain dominant.

Julie Lawson, MS

Executive Director of Ambulatory Care Services, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Julie Lawson, MS
Executive Director of Ambulatory Care Services, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Fun fact:  When I was 19 I lived in a tent in Alaska for six months and hitchhiked around the state to bluegrass festivals.

Indu Lew, PharmD

Executive Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer

Indu Lew, PharmD
Executive Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer

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Facility and Care Model: Pharmacy Enterprise Including Acute Care Facilities, Ambulatory Care and Integrated Services

What excites Indu most about Epic: That we will have connectivity and continuity between all care areas, acute care and ambulatory care.

Fun fact: I am passionate about wine and am an above average ping pong player (not at the same time).

Salvatore M. Moffa, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer, Somerset Campus

Salvatore M. Moffa, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Somerset Campus

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Facility and Care Model: Central Region – RWJBH Somerset

What excites Salvatore most about Epic: That we will have a completely integrated, state-of-the-art platform.

Fun fact: I am a great Italian cook and I love Batman.

Stephen O’Mahony, MD

Vice President and Chief Health Information Officer

Stephen O’Mahony, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Health Information Officer

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Facility and Care Model: Corporate Office

What excites Stephen most about Epic: This will enable us to deliver the best possible care and highest level of satisfaction. An underlying barrier to achieving high reliability has been the fragmented systems we have had to work around for years. This is a great platform to help unite us for a common goal across the entire enterprise.

Fun fact: My soccer league plays outside all year round, unless the snow is too high to shovel off the turf!

Jordan Ruch

Chief Innovation Officer / Epic IT Project Director

Jordan Ruch, MBA
Chief Innovation Officer and Epic IT Project Director

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Facility and Care Model: All sites

What excites Jordan most about Epic: We cannot deliver on the goals of our Strategic Plan without a uniform EHR. A common, consistent and highly reliable experience for our patients and employees across the system will improve the health of our communities.

Fun fact: I love to cook (and eat)

Joe Scargle

Senior Vice President, Revenue Cycle

Joe Scargle
Senior Vice President, Revenue Cycle

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Facility and Care Model: Corporate Office

What excites Joe most about Epic: Epic will provide a highly-integrated system that has been needed to tie all facets of our health system together more seamlessly.

Fun fact: I was a lead singer in an 80s cover band.

Susan Solometo

System Vice President of Strategy, Oncology Services

Susan Solometo
System Vice President of Strategy, Oncology Services

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Facility and Care Model: Health system responsibility for all eleven oncology programs from AMC to Community Hospitals

What excites Susan most about Epic: That we will have the ability to have all of the patient’s information in one record, no matter where the patient presents in the health system.

Frank A. Sonnenberg, MD, FACP, FACMI

Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Professor of Medicine-RWJBarnabas Health-Rutgers Medical Group

Frank A. Sonnenberg, MD, FACP, FACMI
Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Professor of Medicine-Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

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Facility and Care Model: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Faculty Practice, New Brunswick and other Central New Jersey Sites, Multi-Specialty Medical Group

What excites Frank most about Epic: There are two things that excite me most about Epic. One is that we will have a single data platform across the entire clinical enterprise. This will save an enormous amount of time for clinicians, will improve care for patients and will greatly facilitate large-scale research. The second is that adopting a state-of-the-art clinical system will allow us to provide a much better experience for patient engagement and adopt many best practices with much less effort compared to that required for our current less-capable systems.

Fun fact: I played keyboards professionally in a rock band when I was a teenager.

Deanna Sperling, RN

Chief Operating Officer, RWJBH Behavioral Health Network

Deanna Sperling, RN
Chief Operating Officer, RWJBH Behavioral Health Network

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Facility and Care Model: Behavioral Health

What excites Deanna most about Epic: It truly is a move towards one foundational system. This will provide a huge opportunity to establish best practices, standardize care across the enterprise and help support a culture of safety, moving all of us forward and together.

Fun fact: My favorite pastime is cooking and baking. I grew up in a very small rural town and began to love cooking while growing up as a member of the local 4-H club. I later worked in a restaurant as an assistant to the chef while attending college.

Suzanne Spernal, DNP, APN-BC, RNC-OB, CBC

Vice President, Women’s Services, RWJBH

Suzanne Spernal, DNP, APN-BC, RNC-OB, Vice President of Women’s Services, RWJBarnabas Health, was named one of the 2020 Modern HealthcareTop 25 Innovators.

Spernal is responsible for the leadership, strategy and management of the RWJBarnabas Health Women’s Service line. This network encompasses eight maternity programs supporting approximately 24,000 births every year in New Jersey.

Her tasks and responsibilities include assessing key issues and building support for policy agenda related to women’s and family issues, executing solutions and strategies, developing and maintaining partnerships with community-based organizations, creating educational programs as well as mentoring women’s services nursing leaders.