Judith Persichilli Appointed to Lead NJ Health Department

A distinguished pharmaceutical executive with almost 30 years of industry experience, John Klein serves as the chairman of Cambridge Therapeutics in Alpine, NJ. In addition to guiding the business development of Cambridge Therapeutics, John Klein actively follows NJ news in the areas of health care policy.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently appointed Judith Persichilli to serve as the new head of the NJ Department of Health beginning in July 2019. A well-known hospital executive and registered nurse, Ms. Persichilli replaces Dr. Shereef Elnahal, who took a chief executive position with Newark’s University Hospital. The appointment awaits confirmation from the state’s Senate.

A resident of Pennington, Ms. Persichilli formerly served as the director of Trinity Health before spending much of 2018 at University Hospital, where she worked to study and reform the struggling facility. Nursing and hospital leaders, as well as the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute that Ms. Persichilli helped establish, applauded her appointment. She is known for not only her experience as a clinician and administrative expertise in the health care sector, but also her strong leadership skills.

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