West Orange, NJ, April 5, 2017 ---- Michael E. Knecht, FACHE, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing
and Communications, RWJBarnabas Health, was inducted as Chair of the Board
of Trustees of Ronald McDonald House of Central & Northern New Jersey
at its annual meeting on March 23.
In his new role, Mr. Knecht will work with the Board members, volunteers,
and staff to ensure that the organization continues to provide its mission
of “keeping families close” while their ill children are undergoing
treatment at area medical facilities. He will also oversee the next phase
of the expansion to the New Brunswick House and direct the future growth
of the organization to ensure as many families as possible are receiving
Since joining the Board of Trustees in 2010, Mr. Knecht has served on many
board and fundraising committees. He was elected to the Executive Committee in 2013.
Ronald McDonald Houses provide a respite for thousands of families with
seriously ill children
while they receive care at nearby medical facilities. The Houses and Family
comforting surroundings where family members can stay together during a time of
uncertainty and stress.
“Michael brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise to the position
of Chair,” said Susan Collin, Executive Director. “We look
forward to benefitting from his continued support and the enthusiasm he
brings to this position.”
At RWJBarnabas Health, Mr. Knecht is responsible for leading the strategic
marketing, internal communications, digital/interactive communications,
media relations and executive communications efforts of the system.
“Ronald McDonald Houses are nationally recognized for providing stability
and compassion for families whose children are facing difficult challenges,”
said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas
Health. “We are extremely pleased and proud that our colleague is
devoting his time and energy to help ease the lives of New Jersey families.”
Mr. Knecht previously served for seven years as Corporate Vice President,
Communications and Community Relations for the Robert Wood Johnson Health
System. He has over 25 years of experience in healthcare strategy, marketing
and communications. Earlier, he held leadership positions at Winning Strategies
Public Relations, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,
and Bayshore Community Health Services.
Mr. Knecht and his family are residents of Middletown, New Jersey.
About the Ronald McDonald Houses of Central and Northern New Jersey
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch
131 Bath Ave.,
Long Branch, NJ 07740
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch, NJ is located a block from Monmouth
Medical Center. Founded in 1987, it features eight themed bedrooms with
private baths and a variety of amenities.
The Ronald McDonald House of New Brunswick
145 Somerset St.,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
The Ronald McDonald House of New Brunswick, NJ is opened adjacent to the
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital campus in 2005. It offers six
themed bedrooms with private baths and a variety of amenities.
About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system
in New Jersey, with a service area of more than five million residents.
The system includes eleven acute care hospitals; three acute care children’s
hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s
Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center,
ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest
behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs,
fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group,
multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization. RWJBarnabas
Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with
more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns
– and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding quality