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
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