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Kevin J. Slavin Named President and CEO

IMG 1677St. Joseph’s Health (SJH) has announced the appointment of Kevin J. Slavin, FACHE, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the multi-hospital major academic healthcare system based in Paterson, New Jersey.

“The Board of Trustees announces that Kevin Slavin has been selected as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s,” said Marilyn Thie, SC, Chairperson of the Board. Mr. Slavin will succeed William A. McDonald who is retiring at the end of the year.

“It is an honor to return to St. Joseph’s Health during such an exciting period in the organization’s history,” said Mr. Slavin. “I look forward to working with the entire St. Joseph’s family to continue the current momentum.”

Kevin Slavin brings more than 25 years of healthcare management expertise and experience to his new role at           St. Joseph’s Health. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer at East Orange General Hospital since March 2005, during which he has led an organization-wide transformation that has resulted in strength and stability for Essex County’s sole remaining independent, community hospital. During his tenure as CEO, East Orange General Hospital has experienced seven consecutive years of positive financial performance and a significantly improved balance sheet. Mr. Slavin has also led focused efforts to improve East Orange General Hospital’s quality of care and greatly improved quality of care outcomes.  Through his presence in the community, East Orange General Hospital has also expanded its community health outreach efforts and regained trust and respect from the communities that it serves. His work with the Board of Trustees has made East Orange General Hospital’s Board transformation a recognized best practice model in New Jersey.

Prior to leading East Orange General Hospital, Mr. Slavin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson, NJ. During his tenure at St. Joseph’s, he managed day-to-day operations of St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. He began his career at St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick as an Administrative Resident and then spent fifteen years with the St. Clare’s Health System in Morris County, NJ. During the period of 2001-2002, Mr. Slavin assumed the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and helped lead a comprehensive turnaround plan which restored Saint Clare’s to financial stability after a period of significant financial turmoil.

Mr. Slavin received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Industrial Engineering and completed the Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) program at the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Business with an emphasis in Financial Management. He has received numerous recognitions in his career, including the American College of Healthcare Executives NJ Senior Executive Award, Community Leadership Award from the Morris County Organization of Hispanic Affairs, Community Service Award from the Caribbean Medical Mission and recognition from the East Orange Democratic Committee as a Jewel of the Community. He is a Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Immediate Past Chairman of the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey, which represents the state’s safety net hospitals.

A native of Trenton, Kevin Slavin and his wife, Wendy, live in Hackettstown and have five children: Josh, Kate, Sarah, Sean, Alaine, and two grandchildren.

November 3, 2014