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Barnabas Health Announces Corporate Leadership Redesign


West Orange, NJ, March 31, 2014 --- As healthcare in America is changing, Barnabas Health, New Jersey's largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system, is transforming to maintain its position as one of the nation's foremost providers of healthcare services. Recently, Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health, announced several changes and additions to the Barnabas Health corporate leadership to enhance strategic alignment to better serve the community.

The executive changes include the promotion of Jay Picerno to Chief Operating and Financial Officer; Michellene Davis, Esq., to Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs; and John Doll to Senior Vice President of Finance; David Mebane, Esq., has been named Senior Vice President and General Counsel; and Larry Creech has joined Barnabas Health as Senior Vice President of Perioperative and Emergency Services.

In his new role, Mr. Picerno is responsible for strategic system operations, clinical functions, and finance for Barnabas Health. Since 2009, he has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Recently, Mr. Picerno was named by NJBIZ Magazine to the 2014 Health Care Power 50 list, and is the only COO and CFO to do so. Prior to joining Barnabas Health, Mr. Picerno served in various leadership positions during his tenure at Centura Health in Englewood, Colorado, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer. He served as a board member of the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, Catholic Charities and other local and national organizations.

Mr. Picerno also held positions at the Hospital Corporation of America, serving as Division Chief Financial Officer in Orlando, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia, and as Chief Financial Officer of Augusta Regional Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. Earlier, he was System Chief Financial Officer at Lake County Healthcare Systems in Eustis, Florida, and Senior Healthcare Consultant at Ernst & Young, CPAs in Orlando.

Mr. Picerno received his BS, BA in Business Management with emphasis in Accounting, from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and his Masters in Management from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Picerno resides in Morristown.

Michellene Davis, Esq., is now responsible for overseeing marketing, public relations, external affairs, government relations and community partnerships for Barnabas Health. Previously, Ms. Davis was Senior Vice President for Policy Development and Governmental Affairs.

Ms. Davis was recently named by The Network Journal as one of the Top 25 Influential Black Women in Business; was ranked by NJBIZ Magazine as the State of New Jersey's top lobbyist in the 2012 Health Care Power 50 list; and was named one of the most politically powerful in New Jersey by PolitickerNJ. Prior to joining Barnabas Health, Ms. Davis served as Chief Policy Counsel to a former New Jersey Governor, and provided oversight of the development and implementation of the Governor's policy initiatives. She has also served as Acting State Treasurer of the State of New Jersey.

Ms. Davis is a lawyer and trial litigator, and is an honors graduate of Seton Hall University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. Ms. Davis resides in South Orange.

David Mebane, Esq., was previously Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Officer for Barnabas Health. He is responsible for the corporate Legal Department and for the management of the System's insurance program and support of local affiliate risk management programs. Mr. Mebane's employment with Barnabas Health spans over 23 years, beginning with his role as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Community/Kimball Health Care System.

Prior to joining Barnabas Health, Mr. Mebane was an attorney in the law firm of Brach Eichler. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University and received his law degree from Boston University School of Law. Mr. Mebane resides in Westfield.

John Doll was previously Vice President of Financial Management for Barnabas Health. His responsibilities included oversight of the System's revenue cycle operations and working with senior leadership to ensure the operational effectives and efficiency of the system. In his new role, Mr. Doll will also be responsible for corporate finance, decision support, productivity management, charge capture, and the central billing office.

Prior to joining Barnabas Health, he served in leadership positions at Meridian Health and HealthWare Concepts. He began his career in Ernst & Young's Healthcare audit and consulting practice. Mr. Doll holds a master's degree in Accounting with a Minor in Economics from the University of Delaware and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Doll resides in Fanwood.

Larry Creech's responsibilities will include oversight of operational functions for both perioperative and emergency service. He will lead the development of service line strategy and standardize practice and policy to support improvement of patient outcomes and efficiency.

Prior to joining Barnabas Health, Mr. Creech served as Divisional Director of Surgical Services at Capital Health, and was Senior Vice President of Surgical, Emergency and Trauma Services at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. He also held leadership positions at Clarion Health Partners in Indianapolis, Memorial Healthcare System in Memphis, and Methodist Medical Center in Dallas.

He received his BS degree in Health Care Administration from St. Leo's College, Florida and his MBA from Amber University, Texas. Mr. Creech resides in Jackson.

Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, with more than two million patient visits and delivery of more than 17,600 babies annually. The system includes six acute care hospitals, two children's hospitals, a freestanding behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state's largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, pharmacy services, a medical group and three accountable care organizations. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes 18,200 employees and 4,600 physicians – or one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey. Barnabas Health is the only healthcare founding partner of the 2014 Special Olympics, which will take place in New Jersey June 14 to 21. For more information, visit

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