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Power 50 health care: No. 1 Merge Ahead

The top spot goes to...

Mary O' Dowd (2)

If the story of the day is saving troubled hospitals, O'Dowd is the author: She's the one who has to sign off on the acquisitions that are reshaping the landscape and changing how care is delivered and paid for. Few in Chris Christie's cabinet can have their face out there because of how close to the vest the governor plays his cards; O'Dowd has no such trouble, especially as health care is so tightly regulated. "She's going to decide a lot of peoples' fates in the next 12 to 18 months," an insider says. Another says the governor "has great confidence in her," and calls O'Dowd "a methodical playmaker — and a pit bull when it comes to getting stuff done that she and the governor agree on."

Who fell off

Dawn Zimmer (7), Sol J. Barer (13), David Weinstein (17), Craig Domalewski (21), Barbara Aras (25), Brian Stack (27), Judith L. Roman (32), Michellene Davis (33), Ann Twomey (37), Denise Rodgers (40), Abbott S. Brown (42), Lloyd Blankfein (43), Lee Vartan (45), Anthony Mazzarelli (46), U.S. Supreme Court (48), Al Maghazehe (49), the Pope (50).

How we did it

This list was compiled and ranked by the editors of NJBIZ after discussions with leaders in the health care field in New Jersey. If you have feedback on this list, direct it to Sharon Waters, editor, at (732) 246-5702 or sharonw@njbiz.com, or Joe St. Arney, managing editor, at (732) 246-5726 or joea@njbiz.com.

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