Maureen Curran Kleinman
Marketing and Communications
Ridgewood, NJ – January 31, 2012 – Audrey Meyers, FACHE, of Ridgewood, NJ, president and CEO of Valley Health System and The Valley Hospital, was recently installed as board chair of the New Jersey Hospital Association, the state’s oldest and largest hospital and healthcare advocacy organization. The board chair’s official installation, as well as the appointment of new board officers and members, was held during NJHA’s 93rd Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.
Meyers succeeds outgoing chairman Thomas A. Biga, FACHE, of Barnabas Health in Livingston. In taking the reins of the NJHA Board, Meyers said, “Our ability to continue to serve faces many challenges. There are times in every industry when circumstances lead organizations to a crossroads - to a New Frontier. Now is such a time.”
Meyers challenged hospital leaders to continue to work together, both in New Jersey and with the American Hospital Association in Washington, D.C., to avoid potentially devastating cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.
“In 2013 alone, New Jersey’s healthcare providers stand to lose $130 million in Medicare funding – on top of $4.5 billion in cuts New Jersey hospitals will sustain under the Affordable Care Act,” said Meyers. “Recognizing that Medicare already pays New Jersey hospitals and physicians at rates less than costs, these added cuts jeopardize healthcare quality. They jeopardize patient access to care. And they jeopardize jobs and other economic benefits that ripple throughout our communities. We must let Washington know, in a clear and unified voice, that these cuts would have a devastating impact.”
“It is essential that we continue our keen focus on improving healthcare quality, patient safety and efficiency,” she added. “While we have made some significant gains in the last decade there is still much to be accomplished. We should strive for nothing less than a 100 percent commitment to quality and patient safety.”