It's the question we get every year: Who came close to making the list?
Industry leaders gave us plenty of names to consider — and plenty of reasons why they have power. In the end, they came up just short.
Here they are, listed alphabetically.
Though originally a Floridian and a Republican, the new CEO of the newly merged Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central and Southern Jersey — which includes all of the state except for the Newark and Hudson County affiliates — is front and center due to funding issues at the federal level and the upcoming gubernatorial race. “This whole issue about funding women’s care and preventative care — she will be a big leader in that,” one insider said.
The former CEO of New Jersey Visiting Nurse Health Group is now a cog in the machine of the state’s largest insurer. At Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, she is “leading the charge on all new models of care. She is going to be important player even more,” one insider said. Especially in a year when the industry is scrambling to mitigate the impacts of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
As executive director of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, Maman is leading the university in its focus on being part of New Jersey’s ecosystem. Its announcement of a life sciences incubator is “landscape altering,” one insider said. This will be seen as New Jersey’s response to what Boston has in Cambridge, and Princeton is already playing at that level or above on most fronts. It’s meaningful for the life sciences sector — a major industry in the state.
The new leadership team at University Hospital is revamping the urban hospital in Newark. It recently announced a partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute for cancer care research that can help patients directly. “John and Paul are the key guys from a health care and policy perspective to turn the hospital into what it should be — a great teaching hospital recognized for developing the best future doctors in New Jersey coming from Rutgers.”
As the relatively new CEO of Continuum Health Alliance, McDaniel isn’t easing into the big chair. The company recently announced a majority interest in Partners In Care. Though not a medical group, the “medical group enabler,” as McDaniel calls the company, is poised for growth. “Don will be a big player in the state. He does a lot of innovative work and takes on the management role for (small) providers,” one insider said. Others have noticed and call him a power player to watch.
As the president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Sable is one of the legacy Meridian Health stars, overseeing a $256 million expansion on his campus. Insiders say he’s someone on the rise, but noted he is now faced with staying relevant under the giant umbrella of Hackensack Meridian Health. “(He’s) definitely making a name for himself,” one insider said.
Though he doesn’t currently reside in New Jersey, Shulkin’s position as secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the only holdover from President Obama’s administration (in which he was undersecretary for the VA), puts him in a powerful position in the state. “He should be on the list,” one insider said. “He has done and will continue to do great work at the VA.”