Several leadership changes were announced at Barnabas Health today.
The current CEO and president of the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center and Network is retiring Jan. 31.
Joe Hicks has been with the facility since 1994, before it became a part of Barnabas.
The new CEO and president will be Deanna Sperling, who is currently chief nursing officer and chief operating officer.
Sperling has been with Barnabas since 1985, when she started as a registered nurse.
Also moving up at the center is Jennifer Velez, who joined Barnabas as a senior vice president of strategy and planning last year.
Velez will be taking over as senior vice president of population and behavioral health integration at the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center and Network.
Velez’s new position is effective immediately.
“Velez will focus on the health of our communities, understanding the societal and economic issues of primarily the urban Medicaid populations in Newark, Lakewood and other communities served by Barnabas Health, and correlating needs with improving the health of populations," Barnabas Health said in a statement.
"In addition, she will have direct oversight over all aspects of Barnabas Health Behavioral Health.”
Meanwhile, at the Community Medical Center in Toms River, interim CEO and President Michael Mimoso will become the permanent CEO and president.
Mimoso has worked for a number of health care facilities in New Jersey and New York, including vice president of operations at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.