Section: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center News

Newark Beth Israel President and CEO Makes History This Black History Month

02/27/2017

Darrell K Terry and Reverend William D. Watley, Ph.D.

Mr. Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President and CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and invited Black History Month Celebration Keynote speaker, Reverend William D. Watley, Ph.D., senior pastor, Saint Philip African Methodist Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA.

Newark, NJ (February 24, 2017)-- On February 24, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center hosted a historic Black History Month celebration. For the first time ever, Mr. Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE hosted the celebration as the hospital’s first African-American President and CEO.

Mr. Terry assumed his position last spring after nearly 20 years with the RWJBarnabs Health system and a lifetime connection with the hospital. He was born at The Beth and raised just a few blocks away.

Darrell K Terry

“Over the years, I’ve watched the Black History Month celebrations at Newark Beth Israel evolve into a vibrant reflection of our employees and a large portion of the community we serve said ”, Mr. Terry. “Our hospital is truly a part of the fabric of Newark and we are proud to serve its residents in a variety of ways.”

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center began celebrating Black History Month more than 30 years ago. Founded by Ms. Alma Beatty, a dedicated employee and community champion, the celebration has evolved from a humble gathering of interested employees and residents to a month long set of cultural and educational events. Reverend Dr. William D. Watley, a revered pastor and former Newark Beth Israel board member will gave the keynote address.

Hosting this year’s celebration as President and CEO is another moment of great pride for an executive who has accomplished so much.

Under his direction, Newark Beth Israel has made notable improvements to patient care, increased patient volume and has implemented new and unique community initiatives.

The hospital’s emergency room wait times have been cut in half; patients are reporting increased satisfaction with the care and the amount of communication they receive while in the emergency room, and the department recently revamped its reception area.

Newark Beth Israel has been recognized for excellence in quality and patient safety. In 2016 the hospital attained the highly-coveted Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations’ (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval. It has also reached as high as the 82nd percentile, nationwide, in patient satisfaction with nursing communication and overall staff responsiveness, according to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS).

Mr. Terry has presided over steady increases in patient volume in many of the hospitals specialty areas. Newark Beth Israel continues to perform more cardiac valve procedures than any other center in the state of New Jersey, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs). It is also home to New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program.

Yet, Mr. Terry’s commitment to caring for the health and well-being of others does not end on the hospital’s front steps. In the past year, the hospital has embarked on and committed to continuing several unique community initiatives. In May, The Beth Greenhouse opened just across the street from the hospital, offering residents access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The hospital also opened the Reverend Dr. Ronald B. Christian Community Health and Wellness in 2016, offering a variety of wellness programs and classes to local residents.

A graduate of Rutgers University, with a concentration in business management, Mr. Terry received his Master of Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University and a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Administration and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Terry also attained a Certificate of Participation from Harvard University’s School of Public Health Leadership Strategies Program and is a distinguished Paul Harris Fellow. He sits on several boards and has received numerous awards throughout his career.

Mr. Terry began his career at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey in Operations Management in 1997. He was named Senior Vice President of Operations in 2006, became Chief Operating Officer in 2011 and in May 2016 he assumed his current position as President and Chief Executive Officer.