After more than 6 months of extensive candidate searching and interviewing, RWJH has announced Richard Freeman as the hospital’s next president and CEO, who assumed the position today Monday, June 16. In addition to the hospital, Mr. Freeman’s responsibilities under the RWJH umbrella will extend to leading the six Lakeview Child Centers, which focus on early childhood education, at their locations throughout Mercer County.

Freeman_Richard_RWJ HamiltonFreeman succeeds Anthony “Skip” Cimino who announced his retirement this past December, after 5 years as president and CEO and 26 years on the Board of Directors for RWJH.

With more than 30 years of experience as a CEO or COO and a Master’s in Business Administration from Temple University, Freeman spent most of his career with National Medical Enterprises and Tenet Healthcare. Prior to joining RWJ Hamilton, Freeman integrated Mountainside and Pascack Valley Hospitals into the Hackensack University Health Network, serving as president of both hospitals. Freeman also brings leadership experience in academic medical centers. Prior to Hackensack, he was COO of Beth Israel Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners in New York City. He also served as CEO of the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, where he successfully integrated the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“This is an exciting time for Robert Wood Johnson Health System as we build our network of hospitals and physicians, and strengthen our relationship with the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,” says Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System.

Also, Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Foundation will be hosing its 23rd Annual “Strides for Stroke” 5K run / 2K walk on July 10th to raise money to benefit the Stroke Program at RWJ Hamilton. More info below!



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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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