NEWARK, NJ -- Basking Ridge resident, Paul A. Mertz, executive director of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, was recently installed as chairman-elect of the Princeton-based New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) Board of Trustees. Mr. Mertz was installed with other executive board members and officers at their 88th Annual Meeting held recently at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton. Michael R. D'Agnes of East Brunswick, president and CEO of Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, was named chairman of the NJHA board, which serves as a statewide advocate for its 115 member hospitals and the patients they serve.
As executive director of Newark Beth Israel, Mr. Mertz leads one of New Jersey's largest medical centers. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is home to Children's Hospital of New Jersey, the Saint Barnabas Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel and New Jersey's most comprehensive robotic surgery center. As a state-designated Regional Perinatal Center, Newark Beth Israel provides advanced treatment and care for the region's most critically ill newborns and high-risk moms. The medical center is also recognized for its heart, renal and pancreas transplant programs as well as oncology and mother-infant programs.
Under Mr. Mertz's leadership, the medical center was named a Solucient 100 Top Performance Improvement Leader for 2005, ranking it among the top hospitals nationwide for consistent improvement in clinical outcomes, patient safety, hospital efficiency, financial stability and growth over a five-year period (2000 - 2004).
Mr. Mertz began his career with Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston in 1983. In 1985, he joined the administrative staff of The Hospital Center at Orange and was named Chief Executive Officer in 1996. In 1997, he was recruited back to the Saint Barnabas Health Care System as Newark Beth Israel Medical Center's Executive Director. From 1998 to 1999 and again from 2001 to early 2004, he concurrently served as Executive Director of Irvington General Hospital.
In addition to being an officer and member of the New Jersey Hospital Association, Paul serves as Chairman of the New Jersey Organ Tissue Sharing Network's Board of Trustees and the Saint Barnabas Physician Partnership. Mr. Mertz has been recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives and was awarded the Young Executive of the Year in 1993. He also received recognition in 2001 from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin for his contributions to the promotion of health in diverse populations. Mr. Mertz serves as a volunteer in many different community organizations, including the Basking Ridge Little League. He is a graduate of Kean College of New Jersey and received his graduate degree in healthcare administration from New York University.
The Beth, as it is affectionately known, provides treatment and services for more than 32,000 inpatients and same day surgery patients, more than 83,000 Emergency Department patients and 200,000 outpatients each year. Newark Beth Israel has 3,200 employees, 750 physicians and 185 residents and interns.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 673-bed regional referral teaching hospital with specialized programs including heart, kidney and pancreas transplantation, cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, oncology, and maternal/child health services. Newark Beth Israel is home to Children's Hospital of New Jersey and the Saint Barnabas Heart Center (at Newark Beth Israel).
Date: June, 2006
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