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RWJBarnabas Health's Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Michellene Davis Honored as "Trailblazing Leader at the Forefront of Change" at La Casa de Don Pedro's 45th Anniversary Celebration Gala

Davis Honored for Her Leadership and Contributions to NewarkMichellene Davis

West Orange, NJ, November 15, 2017 – Michellene Davis, Esq., Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, has been honored by La Casa de Don Pedro at its 45th Anniversary Celebration Gala for her leadership and contributions within and beyond the City of Newark.

La Casa de Don Pedro, a community-based social service and community development organization in Northern New Jersey, held its annual gala celebrating the theme “Together We Rise.” The theme and gala acknowledged that joint efforts within the community overcome adversity, and contribute to a brighter, more equitable future.

“We are delighted that Michellene Davis, Esq., has been recognized by La Casa de Don Pedro for her work within the RWJBarnabas Health System and its positive impact in the broader Newark community,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health. “Michellene is truly an agent of change within our community, expanding our system’s commitment to health and wellness by embracing policies and strategies that support healthy homes in the City of Newark and well beyond.”

Transformative health care begins with addressing the social determinants of health: the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, worship and age that factor into general health, including economic stability, education, access to healthy food, affordable housing and safe living environments. RWJBarnabas Health is prioritizing the mission of transformative health care with its Social Impact and Community Investment Practice. Spearheaded by Ms. Davis, the practice focuses on affecting change through initiatives aimed at impacting both the individual and broader public policy, including a wide spectrum of community outreach programs and traditional and non-traditional partnerships. RWJBarnabas Health’s Social Impact practice is undertaking ambitious initiatives to address how health practitioners across the United States approach health care and community health.

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.

Media Contact: Ellen Greene, RWJBarnabas Health