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William A. McDonald to Receive Distinguished Service Award

wm-mcdonaldPresident and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Honored by ACHE-NJ

William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Health, has been selected to receive the prestigious American College of Healthcare Executives-NJ 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

ACHE-NJ presents this award each year in recognition of the personal and professional contributions of a senior level New Jersey healthcare leader who has made a significant difference in the quality of and access to healthcare for the state's residents. The award will be presented at ACHE-NJ’s Annual Meeting on June 4th at the Johnson and Johnson Corporate Center in New Brunswick.

“We are proud to honor William A. McDonald as the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Bill is a dynamic executive whose career is punctuated with successes that have greatly impacted St. Joseph’s Health, the residents and communities of northern New Jersey, and the health care industry in our state,” said Scott Serbin, President, ACHE-NJ.

As President and CEO, Mr. McDonald has operational responsibility for St. Joseph’s Health. The system is comprised of two inpatient hospital campuses, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, a major academic tertiary care facility which includes comprehensive specialized St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, and acute care St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center in Wayne, as well as St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Cedar Grove, Visiting Health Services based in Totowa, and more than 50 ambulatory sites conveniently located across northern New Jersey.

A highly respected seasoned healthcare executive with more than three decades of expertise and experience, Mr. McDonald was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, the flagship of the St. Joseph’s Health in May 2004, and was named to his current position in 2006, at which time he became a permanent St. Joseph’s employee.

Prior to coming to St. Joseph’s, Mr. McDonald was senior vice president of The Hunter Group and served in a number of chief executive officer and management roles with them. His professional executive level experience at major health care organizations includes a 13 hospital system in Oklahoma organized around a clinical integrated model, as well as Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas; Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, Florida; and the University of Texas Medical Schools Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

With tremendous expertise and foresight, Mr. McDonald has led the strategic development and implementation of sound policies and practices that have resulted in a balanced and reinvigorated St. Joseph’s Health. This organizational rebirth and economic recovery is punctuated by the Healthcare System’s tremendous strength and vitality, while repositioning the organization’s future direction, designed for future success, heightened viability and sustainability.

May 27, 2014

About American College of Healthcare Executives-NJ

ACHE-NJ is a chapter member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 35,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE’s established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level.