"It has been a privilege to work with the healthcare provider community in
NJHA is a not-for-profit trade association with more than 300 members including hospitals, health systems, nursing homes, home health, hospice and other post-acute care providers. Ryan was named president and CEO in 2008. She also served as general counsel and chief operating officer over her 16-year career with NJHA. In addition to leading NJHA, she is also responsible for its affiliates, the nonprofit
Ryan's resignation will be effective in
"It has been an honor to work alongside Betsy at NJHA," said Hirsch. "It is a deceptively difficult job to represent the collective interests of NJHA's diverse membership, but Betsy has done it with integrity, a steady hand, a very firm grasp on complex policy issues and an unyielding focus on doing what's right for our patients and communities. We have some big shoes to fill at NJHA, but I'm very happy for her and know that Betsy will continue to make a positive impact wherever her career takes her."
Ryan, a Florence resident, said she has no immediate professional plans but remains open to possible next steps in her career. In the short term, she said she looks forward to spending time with her husband
As head of NJHA, Ryan has guided the state's hospitals and other healthcare providers through one of the most dynamic periods in healthcare, with major policy changes under the Affordable Care Act. It has been marked by a flurry of merger and acquisitions of hospitals, major changes in healthcare payment policy, a growing emphasis on healthcare quality and efficiency, the shift in focus from inpatient care to community-based population health programs and the dramatic influence of technology.
Key achievements under Ryan's stewardship include:
- Strengthening NJHA's membership to include all of
New Jersey'sacute care hospitals and a growing representation of post-acute care providers representing the continuum of healthcare services.
- Supporting healthcare providers with education, data, regulatory guidance and more as they adjust to the dynamic changes brought by the Affordable Care Act.
- Providing statewide leadership and convening an array of partners in improving the quality of healthcare in
New Jerseythrough the NJHA Institute for Quality and Patient Safety.
- Positioning NJHA as a leader nationally in initiatives such as a national demonstration project that tested a new "gainsharing" policy to improve care while reducing costs, the establishment of HRET as a certified "patient safety organization" and the designation of NJHA as a federally designated "hospital engagement network" to lead quality improvement activities in the state.
- Establishing strong relationships in
Trentonand Washington, D.C., with elected leaders on both sides of the political aisle.
"For eight years,
Ryan started her career practicing law in
She has been recognized widely for her healthcare leadership, including being named among NJ BIZ's "50 Most Powerful Individuals in Healthcare" and "100 Most Powerful Individuals in New Jersey Business" and South Jersey Biz magazine's "Women to Watch." She has also been honored with the 2016 Cook College Alumni Award, the 2015 Light of Hope Award from
Born and raised in
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