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#8 Jeff LeBenger Summit Medical Group, CEO

Jeff LeBenger
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LeBenger and his more than 450-doctor Summit Medical Group is at this stage of its slow and steady growth as a force in New Jersey health care:

His competitors acknowledge his influence and acknowledge his concept is here to stay — all while still trying to find reasons why his physician-owned group based in Berkeley Heights isn’t the new standard of care.

“I would say their business model will be tested over the next couple of years. And it will be interesting to see how that plays out,” said one competitor.

There is, however, plenty of praise, which comes with a hint of envy.

“Jeff is running the premier medical group in the state of New Jersey,” said another competitor. “And I sadly say that, knowing that there are at least two big faculty plans for at least two medical schools, which typically you would look to and say ‘Now that’s a group of physicians.’ ”

A group that’s growing.

It’s not just the opening of sites in Livingston (this month) and Florham Park (this summer); there’s also the planned opening of a cancer center with MD Anderson. And, for those saying Summit only serves one part of the population, it has plans for a free clinic in an urban area.

One industry veteran said his traditional competitors better take notice.

“I think Summit continues to have a very active dialogue about what they can do as an alternative,” the source said. “I think they are somewhat of a threat to classic institutional health care.”

Jeff LeBenger

Summit Medical Group

Ranked: 8
Last Year's Rank: 16
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