Sep 14, 2022 RWJBarnabas Health’s Sean D. Baptiste and Patrick J. Delaney Named Honorees of the 2022 NJBIZ Forty Under 40 Awards

Sean D. Baptiste and Patrick J. Delaney

Sean D. Baptiste                                   Patrick J. Delaney

West Orange, NJ, September 14, 2022 — RWJBarnabas Health executives Sean D. Baptiste, MHA, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health, and Patrick J. Delaney, MBA, Chief Operating Officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJUH Somerset), have been named honorees of the 2022 NJBIZ Forty Under 40 awards. This program recognizes individuals under the age of 40 for their notable successes and demonstrations of strong leadership in New Jersey.

“On behalf of our RWJBarnabas Health family, we are so proud of Sean and Patrick and their unwavering commitment to our mission and utilizing the power of their positions to expand access to health care and improve equity within, and outside of, their respective facility walls,” said Mark E. Manigan, President of RWJBarnabas Health – the largest academic health care system in New Jersey. “The recognition from NJBIZ highlights the outstanding work of these two young leaders, as well as our team of nearly 40,000, who are all essential to advancing care and improving the health and quality of life of our patients and community members.”

Responsible for providing leadership in the development and execution of the organization’s overall people operations along with the strategic direction and business plan, Mr. Baptiste and his team continue to advance the attraction, retention, development, and support for the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health. Continually focused on creative and evidenced-based ways to foster an environment of equity and inclusion, he and his team have honed tactics aimed at promoting retention across the system. Additionally, as part of the system-wide initiative Ending Racism Together, Mr. Baptiste is a key leader in the design of inclusivity for all team members through education, policy, and sustainable operational change.

A leader in his community, Mr. Baptiste serves on several boards and organizations. Highlights include being President elect of the NJ chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives, a non-profit association of Black health care executives elevating the quality of health care delivered to underserved communities; a Board member of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a non-profit, community development financial institution that supports the development of affordable housing and assists local markets in giving back to their communities; and – as a former Division I athlete – a mentor to others on the importance of balancing athletics with academics and personal life as well as the transition to life after athletics. He also serves on the Silberman College of Business Dean’s Board of Advisors at Fairleigh Dickinson University, his Alma Mater.

Mr. Delaney – who will assume the position of Chief Administrative Officer at RWJUH Somerset in January 2023 – currently leads operations, including project management, business development, and emergency preparedness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he spearheaded the hospital’s successful approach to ensure the safety of patients, staff, physicians, and visitors – including overseeing screening, testing, and managing supplies to have enough personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, Mr. Delaney oversaw the hospitals COVID-19 vaccine clinics, where more than 14,000 were vaccinated.

Also working to expand services and support for vulnerable communities, he was a driving force behind expanding the Eating Disorders Unit – one of only two inpatient eating disorder programs in the state. Mr. Delaney was also heavily involved in the launching of the Babs Siperstein PROUD Center – NJ’s first primary care facility specifically created to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals – and the Healing Homes initiative, which provides transitional housing for individuals and families with chronic health issues who are experiencing financial hardship.

NJBIZ will host a virtual awards ceremony for Forty Under 40 honorees on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. To view all 2022 honorees, visit the NJBIZ announcement here.

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 Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, three acute care children’s hospitals, Children’s Specialized Hospital with a network of outpatient pediatric rehabilitation 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, affiliated medical groups, 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 launched an affiliation with Rutgers University to create 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 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. For more information, visit

Contact: Carrie Cristello