Learn about the Nursing Leadership at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
Jennifer oversees all aspects of the Nursing Division and the more than
1,000 nurses employed by Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Jennifer is an
innovative leader with a proven track record of dramatically improving
quality and the level of care for patients in the hospital and on a regional
basis. She specializes in creating models of excellence in clinical, operational,
and administrative realms by spearheading high-impact strategies, programs,
and teams. Her focus is on building an outstanding reputation among patients,
community, and health care peers via the implementation of superior service
clearly reflected in quantifiable survey and audit scores. She leverages
lean methodology to drive continuous process improvements while maximizing
efficiency and capacity. Jennifer is committed to developing and guiding
both people and organizations to achieve their highest potential.
Having begun her career at Saint Barnabas Medical Center as a registered
nurse and then Patient Care Coordinator, she then spent seven years in
the outpatient setting as a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Manager and Registered
Nurse First Assist for a busy OB/GYN practice in Livingston, New Jersey.
Jennifer rejoined Saint Barnabas Medical Center as a nurse manger, quickly
rising through the organization to her most recent position as Assistant
Vice President of Patient Care Services overseeing the Maternal-Child
Health and Medical-Surgical Divisions. In that role, she oversaw all aspects
of these two busy divisions, implementing numerous new initiatives focused
on improving patient care, communication and patient satisfaction.
Ms. O'Neill received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from Boston
College. She completed her master’s of science in nursing with an
emphasis on women's health from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
She received her doctor of nursing practice administration from the University
of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, New Jersey. In addition to being a
licensed registered nurse and women's health nurse practitioner, Ms. O'Neill
has received numerous certifications including Emotional Quotient and
Advanced Lean Leadership.
Sheila Collier, BSN, RNC, Director of Maternal/Child Services
In her role as Director of Maternal Child Services, Sheila oversees all
of Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s obstetrical and pediatric services
which include Labor and Delivery, High Risk Maternity, Family Centered
Care, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit,
Pediatrics, the Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Pediatric Health Centers
as well as the Women’s Health Education Department.
Having spent 20 rewarding years within the Maternal Child Division as a
staff nurse, Sheila advanced by leading the Maternal Child Team through
the implementation of the electronic medical record. She took a leadership
position in 2012 as the obstetrical clinical coordinator, followed by
assistant director prior to her current role.
Sheila received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from the University
of Rhode Island and holds a Certification in Maternal Newborn Nursing.
Currently, she is enrolled at Felician College for her master’s
of science in nursing in Executive Leadership.
Patricia Drabik, MSN, RN, Administrative Director, Nursing Finance and Resources
As Administrative Director of Finance and Resources, Patti oversees operational
and capital finances for Patient Care Services. In addition, she monitors
staffing productivity and supply chain purchasing. Patti is responsible
for the Nursing Staffing Office and the Nurse Recruiters which includes
overseeing all staffing and scheduling as well as management of position
control, and recruitment and retention of staff within Patient Care Services.
Patti serves as Nursing Administrator Liaison to the Nursing and Ancillary
Collective Bargaining Units.
Patti received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from Barry University
in Miami Florida and her Master of science in nursing from Seton Hall
University in South Orange, New Jersey. Her clinical specialty includes
Emergency, Burn, and Critical Care nursing.
She has experience working as an Emergency, Critical Care, and Burn Intensive
Care RN; a Nurse Educator; Nurse Manger of the Emergency Department, Intensive
Care Unit and Endoscopy Unit; and Project Manager.
Caroline Kornutik, MSN, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, Director of Perioperative Services
Caroline has served as the Director of Perioperative Services at Saint
Barnabas Medical Center since 2008. She has extensive operational and
progressive management experience in surgical services. The areas she
currently manages include 22 operating rooms (including cardiac surgery),
Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Same Day Surgery, Endoscopy, Pre-Admission
Testing and EKG.
Caroline holds a master’s of science in nursing from University of
Phoenix and a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Saint Peter’s
College, Jersey City. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International,
formerly past president of Mu Theta at Large Chapter AORN and ONE NJ.
Previously, Caroline was the Director of Nursing at a free standing ambulatory
surgery center in New Jersey. She’s held staff nurse positions in
the United Kingdom and Ireland, where she is from.
Maggie Lundberg-Cook, MPA, RN, CCRN, Director of Cardiac, Critical Care
and Wound Care Services
In her current role, Maggie oversees the daily nursing operations of the
cardiac, critical care, burn and wound care services. Maggie joined Saint
Barnabas in 1994 as the Nurse Manger of the Intensive Care Unit. In 1996,
she became Director of Critical Care which was followed by Director of
Nursing Finance in 1998. In 2001, she became Director of Cardiac Patient
Care Services and in 2012 the Intensive Care Unit, the Cardiac Care Unit,
The Burn Center and Wound services were added to her division.
Maggie has a Master’s in Public Administration from Farleigh Dickenson
University and is currently enrolled Felician University for a Master’s
in Science for Nursing.
Karen Panka, BSN, MAS, RN, Director of Nursing Administration
As the Director of Nursing Administration, Karen oversees the Nursing Supervisors,
Dialysis Services, Policy and Procedure, and The National Database of
Nursing Quality Indicators Coordinator. She has been a nurse for 45 years
with a specialty in Coronary Care. Previous roles include nursing supervisor,
ANSOS coordinator, nursing educator, and critical care staff nurse.
Karen received a bachelor’s of science in nursing from the University
of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and her Master of Administrative Science from
Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey.
Deanna Paxos, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, Director of Clinical Excellence and Innovation
Deanna is the Director of Clinical Excellence and Innovation. In her expanded
role, she will continue to lead quality and documentation initiatives
in relation to the Magnet Hospital designation. She will also oversee
the Clinical Nurse Leader program to promote a nursing culture of excellence,
the value of professionalism, and quality outcomes with patient/family
She began her career in 2004 at University Hospital, Newark, New Jersey,
followed by a Clinical Nurse Leader role at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
She holds a bachelor’s of science in biology from Miami University
of Ohio, a bachelor’s of science in nursing from University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey and a Master of Science in Clinical Nurse
Leadership from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.Deanna is certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a Certified
Medical-Surgical Nurse as well a Clinical Nurse Leader by the American
Association Colleges of Nursing.
Mary Beth Russell, PhD, RN, Director of Nursing Education & Research
Mary Beth has been at Saint Barnabas Medical Center for more than 17 years.
Over the past two years, her role has expanded and she has assumed responsibility
for Clinical Education and Nursing Research for RWJBarnabas Health; focusing
on orientation, education, professional development, regulatory compliance,
competency assessment and project management.
Mary Beth received a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Rutgers
University, Masters in Nursing Education from New York University and
a Ph.D. from Seton Hall University. Her leadership background includes
administrative strategic planning via education, program and project management,
inter-professional collaboration, research and evidence-based modeling,
performance improvement, theory-based and evidence-based best practices,
and effectiveness measurements. Creating and implementing innovative projects
which enhance patient safety and staff satisfaction is a source of enjoyment
for her. The Nurse Internship, Clinical Residency Program for senior students
and the Nursing Residency Program, more recently, are some examples of
programs initiated based upon current research and outcomes.
Leanne Sanabria, BSN, RN, Director of Medical / Surgical Services
Leanne has been the Director of Medical/Surgical Services at Saint Barnabas
Medical Center since 2013. She began her career at Saint Barnabas Medical
Center in 2003 a staff nurse on 4700. She then advanced to a Clinical
Coordinator for Cardiothoracic Stepdown followed by Nurse Manager of 4700.
Leanne received her bachelor’s of science in nursing at College
of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey, and is currently enrolled
at Rutgers for her Master of Science in Nursing.
Vince Silvestri, MSN, RN, Director of Emergency Services
Vincent has been the Administrative Director of the Emergency Department
at Saint Barnabas Medical Center since 2015 and has been with the organization
since 2011. He began his career working in Jersey City Medical Center’s
(JCMC) emergency department as a registered nurse before moving to quality
and performance improvement. After several years as JCMC’s quality
coordinator, he joined Saint Barnabas as manager of Quality and Standards
in 2011. Vincent eventually became the director of Performance Improvement
before transitioning to his role as Administrative Director of the Emergency
Department. Vincent oversees the department business office, nursing and
He earned a bachelor’s of art in psychology from Rutgers University
before earning his bachelor’s of science in nursing and master’s
of science in nursing at Seton Hall, South Orange, New Jersey. Vincent
also has a black belt in Lean Six Sigma from the Juran Institute and is
a certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ).
Frank Soldo, BSN, MHA, RN, Administrative Director, Cardiac Diagnostics
Frank has been the Director of Cardiovascular Services at Saint Barnabas
Medical Center since 1999. He is a graduate of the Charles E. Gregory
School of Nursing, Old Bridge, New Jersey and received his bachelor’s
of science in nursing from Kean University, Union, New Jersey, and his
master’s of science in nursing from Seton Hall University, South
Orange, New Jersey. Frank is a certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) and
has a focus on Interventional and Non-Invasive Cardiology.
Ginger Weatherston, BS, MAS, Director of Unit Management
Ginger, Director of Unit Management, has been at Saint Barnabas Medical
Center for over 25 years. She began her career at the Medical Center as
the department’s educator. She currently oversees the unit representatives
who provide the clerical support for our nursing units. Her other duties
include oversight of providing services for our deaf and hard of hearing
patients and the Electronic Death Registration system for the State. Ginger
currently is the facilitator for the Physician Collaboration Team which
works to improve our communication with doctors. She was also the liaison
for our physicians during the implementation of the electronic medical
record. Previously, she served as director of Patient Transport and Bed
Ginger received her bachelor’s of science in business administration
from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, and her master’s
degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in
Teaneck, New Jersey. She currently is an online facilitator for the University
of Phoenix in the School of Health Sciences.