RWJBarnabas Health Announces Leadership Changes at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Eric Carney and Philip Passes

Eric Carney, President and CEO of Monmouth Medical Center and Philip Passes, DO, Vice President of Practice Integration, RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region


Eatontown, NJ, August 7, 2020– RWJBarnabas Health is proud to announce Eric Carney, President and CEO of Monmouth Medical Center, has been additionally appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood. Additionally, Philip Passes, DO, Vice President of Practice Integration, RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region, will assume the role of Chief Administrative Officer for both Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus. This change is effective September 1, 2020. Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, current Chief Executive of Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, will be retiring from the position at the end of this year, as previously announced.

“Eric and Dr. Passes have worked closely with Dr. Vozos for the past several years as part of our Southern Region team,” said Bill Arnold, MHA, President of the RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region. “I’m confident that this new leadership structure will further strengthen Monmouth Medical Center and its Southern Campus and expand pathways to outstanding care for our patients.”

Since joining Monmouth Medical Center in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Carney has provided outstanding leadership and was promoted to the position of President and CEO in 2019. Throughout his tenure at Monmouth Medical Center, he has worked closely with Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus leadership. He began his career with RWJBarnabas Health more than 20 years ago as a respiratory therapist. In 1997, he was promoted to Administrative Director of Respiratory Care at Clara Maass Medical Center and went on to serve as Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations at Union Hospital and Vice President of Operations at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

In his new role as Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Passes will assist Mr. Carney in supporting the continued delivery of the highest quality care, the expansion and alignment of programs and services, and the broadening of academics in the Southern Region. Serving as Vice President of Practice Integration since 2018, Dr. Passes has collaborated with the RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region leadership team to successfully develop partnerships to expand patient access and leverage the vast resources and physician specialists across RWJBarnabas Health’s network. Prior to joining RWJBarnabas Health, Dr. Passes was a private practice Ob/Gyn in Wall Township and the CEO and founder of Women's Comprehensive Healthcare of N.J., a full-service, single-specialty medical group comprised of 12 Ob/Gyns. He also served as CEO of ESI Medical Service, a healthcare service firm he cofounded in Wall Township. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Passes holds an MBA in Hospital Management from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic healthcare system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with 5 million people. The system includes 11 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, 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 an accountable care organization.

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 34,000 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 healthcare system. The collaboration will align RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

The RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region spans Monmouth and Ocean counties and includes three acute care hospitals – Community Medical Center in Toms River, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood and an expansive network of primary and specialty care offices and outpatient centers. The Southern Region’s integrated, comprehensive care network further positions RWJBarnabas Health as a national leader in academic medicine, and high quality, coordinate care to improve the health and wellness of the communities served across the region.

CONTACT: Carrie Cristello