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Power 50 health care: 30-21 Merge ahead

30 Amy Mansue (23)

The CEO of Children's Specialized Hospital remains one of the most respected and well-liked hospital administrators in the state. “Whether it is in the governor's office, halls of congress, the board room or with parents of patients, she informs, advocates, consoles, and remains positive,” says one source.

Herb Conaway Jr. (31)

He has MD and JD degrees, and that alone makes him a powerful voice in the state Legislature. But the assemblyman's role as chair of the Health and Senior Services committee is where he really packs the power. Conaway "continues to play a huge role" with health care, one insider sums up.

Kenneth Kaufman (NR)

He is the managing director and chair of Kaufman Hall, the well-respected hospital consulting firm. The national firm has reportedly done work for University Medical Center at Princeton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the New Jersey Hospital Association, and likely other New Jersey medical centers.

John Tedeschi (NR)

One measure of power is controlling large groups of doctors. That lands Tedeschi here, as CEO of Advocare, one of the largest primary care providers in the region, and Continuum Health Alliance, a health care management company. An insider notes Tedeschi is trying to work all over the state, an expansion from his South Jersey base.

Betsy Ryan (26)

The New Jersey Hospital Association CEO has a "tough job" balancing urban and suburban, nonprofit and for-profit members. "It's like herding cats, wet angry ones," says an insider. Yet, "when she goes in and speaks for the industry, that's a powerful voice," says one, while another predicts her group "is going to be more powerful than ever."

Valerie Harr (30)

Another key voice in the Medicaid issue, Harr's specialty is on the nursing home side. With end-of-life care continuing to be a major cost driver in the health care arena. Harr is tasked with getting nursing home patients in Medicaid under private, managed-care umbrellas.

Stephen Jones (28)

The merger with Rutgers gives Robert Wood Johnson lots of added clout in the state, but also in the region, where it remains a fierce rival with Princeton. And while Princeton has a shiny new hospital, it also is still stuck with its old property, which is costing it a reported $250,000 a month.

Scott Kobler (NR)

The McCarter & English attorney handles all the bond work when hospital transactions are involved — "which is a nightmare," a source says. He serves as special counsel to a ton of hospitals and systems, among them Palisades, Atlantic, Holy Name, Barnabas and Children's Specialized.

John Sheridan (12)

The Cooper chief is finding ways to make health care work in a city where little works as it's supposed to, and he's focusing on expanding the medical school. But, as a source bluntly puts it, he only goes as far as Norcross does.

Louis Greenwald (24)

The Assembly majority leader has made urban accountable care organizations a priority, giving lifeblood to projects like Dr. Jeffrey Brenner's, in Camden. He has an important voice in the Statehouse and has industry clout from his experience with health care consulting firm Carlisle & Associates.

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