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Power 50 health care: 50-41 Merge ahead

John Stefano (NR)

The manager of the Lodi-based Atlantic Power Systems, a division of Atlantic Detroit Diesel-Allison, is guy who helps keep generators running at several New Jersey hospitals. The company also offers emergency power backup for rent. When the next Sandy strikes, Stefano will be the guy hospitals want to know.

Claudia Burzichelli (NR)

A longtime Trenton watcher calls her testimony one of the most moving, as John Burzichelli's sister-in-law gave examples of the toll terminal illness has taken on her and her family as an argument for the assemblyman's assisted suicide bill. "It took a lot of guts on all their parts to pull that off," the insider says.

Christopher J. Molloy (47)

Molloy is in charge of integrating Rutgers and UMDNJ by July 1, a process that could have any number of winners, and losers. While the integration effort is huge with many players—there are 12 functional teams of people studying every aspect of a university—Molloy is the one responsible for making the logistics work for Barchi.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (44)

Top health care policy wonks in New Jersey keep an eye on the well-respected Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a significant player in health care reform and implementation nationally. Its president and CEO oversees the $425 million approved in 2013 grant funds, and the 151 projects currently funded in New Jersey.

Gary Horan (39)

As President of Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, Horan oversaw the hospital as Standard & Poor's raised the outlook on the hospital from stable to positive in 2012. Staying financially stable is no easy feat for the Catholic, stand-alone hospital in an urban setting.

Keith Beneke (NR)

Minneapolis-based Frauenshuh Healthcare Real Estate Solutions is in the New Jersey market, building facilities for Virtua, with principal Beneke leading Garden State efforts. Hospitals that want to build are looking to outside partners, like Frauenshuh, to help the bottom line. Frauenshuh sticks to a model that avoids speculating.

John Hajjar (NR)

As CEO of Sovereign Medical Group, the "health care entrepreneur and visionary" owns one of the largest medical practices in New Jersey plus a national surgery center development company and a radiation therapy company. Hajjar "continues to make moves that shape New Jersey's health care industry," says a source.

Ronald Swinfard (NR)

Go west, young man seems to be the philosophy of some hospitals as interest increases to partner or merge with other medical centers. The fertile landscape of Lehigh Valley Health Network, where Swinfard is president and CEO, could end up being the manifest destiny of some hospitals in the increasingly crowded Garden State.

John Brennan (NR)

Brennan was announced as the new CEO of a Cleveland health system, with a reported total compensation of $750,000 to $1.1 million, then bailed to stay as head of Barnabas' Newark Beth Israel and children's hospitals. A source says if Barnabas ends up managing University Hospital, Brennan will be the guy to do it.

Robert P. Wise (NR)

Atlantic Health set up a partnership with Hunterdon Healthcare System last year that could have similarities with the regional network Atlantic is now exploring. Expect Hunterdon, with Wise as its leader, to benefit if such a network is created. Hunterdon has also been successful with its model of employing its own doctors.

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