Trina Parks, MHA, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Corporate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at RWJBarnabas Health

Honored as One of 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards by The Network Journal

Parks Recognized for Her Contributions in Business and Health

West Orange, NJ, March 16, 2018 – The Network Journal (TNJ), an award-winning business magazine for African-American professionals, corporate executives and business owners, has included Trina Parks, MHA, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Corporate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at RWJBarnabas Health, in the magazine's 2018 list of 25 Influential Black Women in Business. Parks will be among the honorees profiled in the Spring 2018 issue of the magazine, and is formally honored today at the 20th Annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards Luncheon in New York City, presented by Morgan Stanley.

"We are delighted that Trina Parks has been recognized by The Network Journal for her exceptional work in both our system and the community," said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health. "Trina is truly passionate about our employees and patients and has driven countless initiatives that have made a positive difference for families across the state of New Jersey."

Parks joined RWJBarnabas Health in 2016 and is responsible for corporate diversity and inclusion for the system, including leadership accountability and communication, employee development and training, supplier inclusion, diverse community engagement, patient inclusion and health equity. She joined the system with more than 20 years of experience breaking down barriers in health care disparities in behavioral health and population health management arenas.

"The women we honor in the 20th year of the awards span occupations, industries and expertise and they share the same traits when it comes to their career and community service: passion, drive and focus," said Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Network Journal. "We salute them for achieving significant levels of success in their businesses and professional careers and for their myriad contributions to their community."

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with 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 in 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 with a network of outpatient centers (Children's Specialized Hospital) with its multiple outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two 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 two accountable care organizations.

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. RWJBarnabas Health recently announced a partnership with Rutgers University to create New Jersey's largest academic health care system. The collaboration will align RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers' education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.