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Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center’s Deanna Sperling to Receive NJBIZ 2017 Best 50 Women in Business Award

02/01/2017

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – Deanna Sperling, MAS, RN, NE-BC, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has been selected as a recipient of the NJBIZ 2017 Best 50 Women in Business Award. This award honors dynamic women from New Jersey businesses who have made outstanding contributions throughout the state, both in their industries and communities. She will be presented with the award during the Annual Awards Reception and ceremony on March 20 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.

Sperling, of Howell, also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Network, the largest integrated behavioral health product line in New Jersey. Her professional career spans over 35 years in acute care and behavioral health settings with over 20 years of experience as a healthcare administrator. Sperling’s pinnacle career accomplishment has been standardizing patient care delivery for the behavioral health network at RWJBarnabas Health.

She also led efforts for the development of a new model of care for emergency departments which has improved the assessment of the acutely ill psychiatric patient and has provided a safe, compassionate environment where the proper clinicians can initiate the most appropriate treatment protocols. This new model of care resulted in a reduction of the Length of Stay (LOS) in the emergency departments by expediently referring patients to the appropriate level of care.

Prior to her current role, Sperling served as Chief Nursing Officer of Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center (BHBHC) and Chief Operating Officer of the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network. She was responsible for the development and enhancement of a system-wide behavioral health product line, which included a full continuum of services throughout seven medical centers and a freestanding psychiatric hospital.

Sperling began her career with Barnabas Health as a registered nurse in 1985 and has held several leadership positions during her 30-year tenure. She formerly served as the Vice President of Patient Care Services at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus and Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center.

Sperling graduated from the School of Nursing at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, New York and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey. She later received her Master in Administrative Sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Sperling currently holds certifications in both psychiatric–mental health nursing and as a nurse executive from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She also attended the Nursing Leadership Academy for the Nursing Executive Center in Washington, DC.

Sperling serves on a number of Boards and is an active member of many local and national organizations including: Central Jersey Blood Center Board of Trustees, American Organization of Nurse Executives and New Jersey Hospital Association – Behavioral Health Nursing Advisory Council – Co-Chair.

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