RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University Appoint Dr. Andy Anderson as Chief Executive Officer of the Combined Medical Group

July 31, 2018

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July 31, 2018 - Dr. Andy Anderson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health, the largest health care system in New Jersey, and Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. 

In his new role, Dr. Anderson oversees the clinical activities of one of the largest provider consortia in the nation. The Combined Medical Group results from a partnership between RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University to jointly operate a world-class academic health system dedicated to life-changing research, clinical training of tomorrow’s health care workforce, and high quality patient care.  

“Dr. Anderson’s leadership experience at some of the most progressive integrated delivery systems in the nation will be a major advantage for our Combined Medical Group,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health.  “His expertise at leading schools of medicine and working with multi-specialty groups is invaluable to the RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University community.”

The Group was formed from the practitioners of RWJBarnabas Health and the Rutgers Health Group, a faculty practice of Rutgers-employed physicians, dentists, psychologists, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals. Dr. Anderson is charged with driving innovation and creating a seamless transformation as the teams combine.

For the physicians in the new group, the model provides for greater integration and heightened access to consultations and clinical research, greater collaboration among practitioners and value-based care for patients and communities. The multi-specialty group will continue to work in collaboration with thousands of practitioners in the state who wish to remain independent and self-employed. 

“Rutgers faculty bring tremendous expertise, insight and experience to clinical care and research, and we are thrilled to have Dr. Andy Anderson lead our Combined Medical Group,” said Dr. Brian Strom, Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at Rutgers University. “We are confident his leadership will help us to provide the highest quality patient care and enhance the delivery and accessibility of evidence-based health care across the region.”

Dr. Anderson comes from Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, where he was named Chief Medical Officer in 2015 and was responsible for the strategic direction and operational deployment of critical physician and clinical support functions. Dr. Anderson also served as executive leader of the Aurora Research Institute and ACL Laboratories, championed the wellness programs, led clinical informatics, and oversaw medical education for the system.  

Prior to joining Aurora Health Care, Dr. Anderson served in multiple leadership roles during more than 15 years at national health care systems, including Chicago-based NorthShore University HealthSystem, the University of Chicago Hospitals, and the Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Health. Dr. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University.

“It is an exciting time to join the team and lead the Combined Medical Group as this partnership seeks to lead health care delivery and innovation in New Jersey and the region,” Dr. Anderson said.  “I look forward to advancing health in New Jersey by utilizing the expertise I have gained from almost two decades of working with academic health centers, medical groups, clinical networks and physician leadership development.”

About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, with a service area covering five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH-New Brunswick, RWJUH-Somerset in Somerville, RWJUH-Hamilton, RWJUH-Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization. 

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety.

About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth-oldest higher education institution in the United States. Approximately 69,000 students and 22,500 faculty and staff learn, work and serve the public at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark, Rutgers University-Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and at additional locations across New Jersey and around the world.

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University-New Brunswick and collaborating university-wide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network, and six centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, health care policy and aging research, and translational medicine and science.

Rutgers University:
John Cramer

RWJBarnabas Health:
Carrie Cristello