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Seton Hall-Hackensack med school board features several big names in the region

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Joseph Simunovich, chairman of the board of governors of the Seton Hall University-Hackensack Meridian Health school of medicine.
Joseph Simunovich, chairman of the board of governors of the Seton Hall University-Hackensack Meridian Health school of medicine. - ()

Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health announced their school of medicine’s founding board of governors Tuesday.

The members are a mix of current HMH and Seton Hall board members, along with prominent business and health care industry officials — including a member from the state’s largest insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

“We are grateful to our board of governors, who will play a critical role in helping the school fulfill its mission to train physicians grounded in our Catholic values and committed to delivering the highest quality of health care to all patients,” said Dr. Bonita Stanton, founding dean of the new school of medicine and ex officio member of the board. “In order to maximize the health outcomes of all persons, including those historically marginalized by race or socioeconomic status, we shall ground our students in community, clinical and laboratory experiences and scholarships that will advance the horizons of medical and health science in our state and nation.”

The board of governors includes:

  • Joseph Simunovich, the chairman, who is currently co-chair of Hackensack Meridian Health, as well as on the board of directors for Suez North America and vice chairman of the board of directors for United Water New Jersey-New York. He has served on various boards with the legacy Hackensack University Health Network.
  • Edward E. Barr, a former chairman of Sun Chemical Group B.V., who retired in 2013.
  • Linda Bowden, the regional president of PNC Bank in New Jersey.
  • Eun-Sook “Lucy” Cho-Lee, a member of the board of regents of Seton Hall University, and a retired clinical professor at Rutgers UMDNJ-NJMS. She also previously served as a consultant neuropathologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as the former United Hospital in Newark.
  • Mary Ann Christopher, chief of clinical operations and transformation at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
  • James E. Collins, a member of the board of trustees and board of regents of Seton Hall University.
  • John J. Degnan, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who was nominated to the board of commissioners by Gov. Chris Christie in 2014, and retired from serving as vice chairman and chief operating officer of The Chubb Corp. in 2010.
  • Francis Hager, a member of the board of trustees and board of regents of Seton Hall University, as well as co-founder and managing partner of OppCAP Group, a financial advisement firm.
  • Gordon Litwin, co-chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health board of trustees.
  • Robert O’Hara, a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation board of trustees and a former partner at Goldman Sachs who founded G&O Advisors.
  • Monsignor Joseph Reilly, who has served on the board of trustees of Seton Hall University.
  • Daniel E. Straus, chairman and CEO of Care One.
  • John F. Swift, a member of the Seton Hall University board of regents, as well as the retired CEO of Omnicom Health and Medical Communications, co-founder of the Biomedical Marketing Association and former president of the Pharmaceutical Advertising Council.
  • John F. Williams, a member of the board of regents of Seton Hall University, as well as president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he is also a professor, who has also been appointed multiple times to the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the United States.

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