Feb 14, 2024 RWJBarnabas Health’s Robert Pellechio Honored by Becker’s Hospital Review

Recognized for Excellence in Pharmacy Oversight, Strategic Leadership

Robert PellechioWest Orange, NJ, February 14, 2024 – Robert Pellechio, Senior Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer of RWJBarnabas Health, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 75 Hospital and Health System Chief Pharmacy Officers to Know for 2024. The list honors Chief Pharmacy Officers who are helping to create a safer patient experience by providing exceptional systemwide oversight of medication management and drug supply.

As Senior Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer, Mr. Pellechio provides strategic leadership for the 25 divisions within RWJBarnabas Health’s pharmacy enterprise and has oversight over the system's 340B functions as well as pharmaceutical contracting, which includes purchases of over $450 million in products and supplies. He is passionate about helping underrepresented communities gain access to affordable medications, and his contributions enable the system to maintain a high level of excellence in its pharmacy function.

The Becker’s list also recognizes excellent leadership of cost-effective pharmacy strategy, implementation of impactful pharmacy policies, support of automation and technology initiatives, and the education of the next generation of pharmacy leaders.

Mr. Pellechio ascended to his current role in 2022. Previously, he served as vice president of Barnabas Health for 20 years. He has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare, hospital administration, supply chain and pharmacy.

The complete list of all Chief Pharmacy Officers on the list can be read 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.

Contact: Carrie Cristello