Susan Loughery is Director of Operations at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton. She spoke to us about the organization’s innovative program to help people in need of mental health services, including addiction treatment.   The federal government recently awarded your organization a $4 million grant over two years to expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic […]

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Missy Danforth is the Vice President of Health Care Ratings at The Leapfrog Group. She’s a member of the senior leadership team analyzing programs to drive safety and quality improvements.   Since 2001, Leapfrog has rated the safety and quality of inpatient hospital care for almost 2,000 hospitals across the country. Why is Leapfrog now […]

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Toby Stark is a Past President of the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters (NJAHU), a consumer advocacy organization of professionals and brokers in the health insurance industry. What is the biggest challenge for a small or medium size business in purchasing health insurance? The cost is the challenge, especially for small companies of between […]

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Michellene Davis, Esq., Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. Davis leads social impact and community investment across the system and talked to us about transforming the overall health of communities. Your program works to improve the health of residents beyond the hospital walls. Why did you make that a priority? As […]

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We spoke recently with James Spaulding, BSN, RN, CCRN, who is the Simulation Lab Coordinator at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Spaulding told us how the lab provides valuable, hands-on training for physicians and other health care professionals to advance quality, safety and cost containment. As the Sim Lab coordinator, can you explain the overall concept? […]

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Adelisa Perez, a Registered Nurse, is the Quality Institute’s new Director of Quality. Can you outline the focus of your role? I will oversee all of our quality initiatives, such as our work with the Leapfrog Group, and I will work with Linda Schwimmer on the National Quality Forum. I’ll also oversee the Mayors Wellness Campaign […]

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Adrian Diogo is Director of the Mayors Wellness Campaign at the Quality Institute. You work in health care policy. Why did you decide to train to become an Emergency Medical Technician and to now volunteer as an EMT?   I thought that being on the front lines of health care and actually providing care would inform […]

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Erine Gray is the founder of Aunt Bertha, a Public Benefit Corporation. Aunt Bertha has been called the “Google of social services.” How did you come up with the idea?  I’m from a small town in Western New York and my mom had Encephalitis, a rare brain disease. She became disabled when I was 17 […]

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