Sep 14, 2018 Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Names Jackie Baras LGBT Health Navigator

Jackie Baras

(New Brunswick) - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has named Piscataway resident Jackie Baras, MSN, MBA, RN, LGBT Health Navigator.

In her new role, Baras will serve as a representative and liaison for all LGBT patients and employees at RWJUH. As LGBT Health Navigator, Baras will provide governance and oversight to ensure that LGBT employees and patients are able to successfully navigate all available resources to address the full spectrum of her patients’ and employees’ health care needs.

A significant part of Baras’ role will focus on health promotion, disease prevention, innovations, addressing knowledge gaps and identifying community referrals while working closely with hospital and clinical leadership to ensure that health care services are coordinated and delivered seamlessly.

“I am both honored and excited to assume this new role,” Baras notes. “As RWJUH and other health care organizations recognize the importance of addressing the unique health care needs of the LGBT community, there is a tremendous need to build strong, coordinated networks among providers and community-based organizations which serve as advocates for the LGBT community. Many LGBT individuals may not be aware of the broad range of resources that are available and I am looking forward to connecting them with existing services and building partnerships to develop new programs that will meet the needs of this community.”

“By sharing her personal experiences and demonstrating a tireless commitment to providing the highest-quality health care services to the LGBT community, Jackie continues to serve as an inspiration to us all,” says John J. Gantner, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJUH. “Jackie was a driving force behind the first Health Equality Index application that established RWJUH as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign. I am proud to say that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious designation four consecutive years due in large part to Jackie’s hard work. Appointing Jackie to this role represents the next important step in our journey and we are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead under her leadership.”

In addition to her new appointment, Baras also serves as Quality Nurse Manager for PeriOperative Services; Lead Group Facilitator, PROUDLY ME Education/Support Group; Group Facilitator, PROUD Community Advisory Council and Co-Chair PROUD Business Resource Group at RWJUH.

Baras has long served as a trailblazer and leader in the LGBT community. She has transformed the tapestry of health care in New Jersey by eliminating LGBT health care disparities through education, community collaboration, and volunteerism. Baras was instrumental in launching the first LGBT Business Resource Group called PROUD (Promoting Respect, Outreach, Understanding, and Dignity) at RWJUH, she worked closely with hospital leadership to establish the PROUD Family Health Center at RWJUH Somerset- the first hospital based LGBT clinic in the New Jersey and was part of the team that created PROUD Transitions - a Transgender Family Support Group, also one of its kind in the state.

Baras also worked closely with RWJUH’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion on several of the noted LGBT initiatives, including the Health Equality Index application that established RWJUH as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign. Earlier this year, Baras, with the support of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and RWJUH’s PROUD Business Resource Group, helped launch “PROUDLY ME” - a Transgender EduPort (Education and Support) Program at RWJUH, where she serves as the lead facilitator.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is a 600-bed academic medical center that serves as the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first designated Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report five times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association. RWJUH Brunswick has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers. For more Information visit us online at


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RWJUH Public Relations
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