RWJBarnabas Health’s Maureen Harding Receives Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey Legacy Award

Harding was Recognized at the 46th Annual PNANJ Gala and Awards Night on October 29 in Edison, NJ

Harding was Recognized at the 46th Annual PNANJ Gala and Awards Night

West Orange, NJ, November 15, 2022 – Maureen Harding, MSN, BSN, RN, Corporate Vice President, Nursing Operations at RWJBarnabas Health was recognized with the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey (PNANJ) Legacy Award for 2022 at the Annual PNANJ Gala and Awards Night on October 29, 2022 in Edison, NJ. The honor recognizes nurse leaders who have exemplified and achieved a lifetime legacy of service to the nursing profession and the community. The PNANJ is a non-profit professional organization that promotes the intellectual, cultural, social, economic, and personal well-being of Filipino nurses in the state.

“Maureen has made enduring and substantial contributions to the nursing profession, especially to the Filipino-American nurses in New Jersey,” said Nancy Holecek, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. “She is an incredible advocate for improving patient experience and creating future leaders in nursing, and her exemplary leadership and advocacy are an inspiration to all nurses.”

Ms. Harding assumed the role of Vice President of Patient Care Services in 1997 and most recently Vice President of Nursing Operations in February of 2021. Specializing in oncology nursing, she started her career with RWJBarnabas Health in 1991, with a nursing leadership role in the inpatient oncology unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, now Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), and became instrumental in the development and expansion of the hospital’s Cancer Program. As a member of the system-wide nursing leadership team since 1997, she has held various positions, including interim CNO at Community Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center.

A strong supporter of the standardization of nursing best practices, including recruitment and retention, patient experience, leadership development and succession planning, she consistently spearheads the adoption of new initiatives and remains dedicated to improving patient care. Ms. Harding is particularly passionate about supporting and developing a pipeline of future nurse leaders, a special interest that has set up the RWJBarnabas Health System for success for many years to come, as the retention of top nursing talent will continue to positively impact patient care into the future.

Ms. Harding holds a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on Leadership in Health Care Systems. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Organization of Nurse Leaders NJ (ONLNJ). Ms. Harding is a resident of Succasunna, NJ.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering eight counties with five million people. The system includes twelve acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, 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, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville; Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth; three acute care children's hospitals; Children’s Specialized Hospital, including a network of outpatient centers; a behavioral health center and the state’s largest behavioral health network; two trauma centers; a satellite emergency department; ambulatory care centers; geriatric centers; comprehensive home care and hospice programs; fitness and wellness centers; retail pharmacy services; an affiliated medical group; multi-site imaging centers; and two accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is among New Jersey’s largest private employers – with more than 38,000 employees and 9,000 physicians – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health, in partnership with Rutgers University, is New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research, and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

Carrie Cristello