20 Jeanne Otersen (NR)
The Health Professionals and Allied Employees union is influential in University Hospital, and may already be shaping the debate as to how the ownership of the Newark medical center gets handed over to Barnabas. Getting her buy-in is going to be key to resolving that overdue issue.
Mike DuHaime (NR)
DuHaime does more than politics, including public affairs consulting for clients like Prime, Hackensack and Barnabas. The Mercury partner is well connected from his political work, including his gig as lead strategist for Chris Christie's 2009 gubernatorial campaign. Somehow, we bet DuHaime isn't just writing press releases for his clients.
Joseph Vitale (22)
Christie made room for no No. 2 when he set a course on implementing the ACA. That's left someone like Vitale, respected on health care issues, somewhat on the outside. "He's going to be a force, but … he's not an island," a source says. "He has to go through Christie's people."
Richard Miller (16)
The Virtua chief is "certainly a southern Jersey power," as one source says, but points out he can't hope to be as strong as his geographic rival in Cooper: "Eventually, Norcross wins and he gets acquired, if the government entities let that happen," the source adds.
Joseph DiVincenzo (10)
With the higher education merger done, he drops a bit from last year, but Joe D. is still going to be a key figure when it comes to the fate of Newark's University Hospital. That alone keeps him on our list.
John Lloyd (19)
The Medicare Advantage deal he got with Geisinger Health makes Meridian one of the first major players in New Jersey to get into the insurance market, but already, CEOs at other systems are paying attention. Insider also say they're wondering how to bring Meridian on board, either as a partner or takeover target.
Vivek Garipalli (14)
It looked like Prime Healthcare was going to get its mitts on Christ Hospital, but when there was a strong public backlash over the deal, Garipalli's HUMC Holdco swept in and seized it. "Not a power player, but he's in expansion mode," one source says.
Neil Sullivan (15)
While the insurance exchange has been turned over to Washington, "I still think DOBI is going to play a big role," says a source whose sentiments were echoed by multiple insiders. The assistant commissioner at the Department of Banking and Insurance is said to be most plugged in on health insurance issues.
Finn Wentworth (NR)
As evidence of how health care is a hot area now, Normandy Real Estate Partners is reportedly finalizing and pursuing property deals in the health care area. Wentworth is also on the board of the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center; with his thick rolodex, he is no doubt a major fundraiser there.
Dan Moen (9)
Moen, of LHP Hospital Group, made his biggest splash when it, alongside Hackensack, got approval to get Pascack Valley reopened in the face of pressure from competitors and lawmakers. He'll have to keep his nose clean as opponents of for-profit players look for reasons to halt their entrance into the market.