Our Nursing Leaders

Lisa A. Breza, Lisa BrezaRN, MSN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services

Lisa A. Breza RN, MSN has over 30 years in the health care arena and at RWJ Hamilton. A native Hamilton resident, she received her Master’s Degree from Thomas Edison State College. Lisa currently has responsibility for over 500 across the organization along with other support services. She started her career as a staff nurse on the medical surgical nurse and then moved into the Emergency Department. Over the many years in health care she has diverse leadership experience in the inpatient and outpatient arena with over sight of inpatient units along with oversight of the Emergency Department, Cardiac catheterization lab, the cancer center, and the rehabilitation departments to name a few. She firmly believes that we should never lose sight of the fact that our patients are the purpose for which we exist. Her passion is ensuring that patients and families receive the best quality care and service. The way to accomplish this is to empower nurses to be at the table and have a voice in driving their practice. Nursing collaboration with all disciplines is also paramount to achieving quality outcomes. Lisa is proud to lead nursing in an organization that has achieved quality outcomes and one that is recognized as a Leap Frog “A” organization.

Barbara Taubenberger MSN, RN, CEN

Director Emergency Nurse and Director of Emergency Department, ICU and the Rapid Decision Unit

Barbara Taubenberger MSN, RN is a Certified Emergency Nurse and Director of Emergency Department, ICU and the Rapid Decision Unit. Barbara is a Penn State Graduate. She also graduated with her MSN from the University of Phoenix while teaching for Frankford School of Nursing and LaSalle University. She is passionate about the future of the care we give to our patients and our community. According to Barbara, “The care we give in both the Emergency Department and ICU is always changing, so nurses need to be life-time learners in a persistently diverse and adapting health care system.” Barbara feels that as the face of nursing becomes increasingly diverse and changing, we need to find ways to engage, encourage and mentor a much broader group of people and keep them interested in our calling. Barbara is a member of the Emergency Department system wide collaborative and the system wide Geriatric Collaborative.

Tammy Leigh, BSN, RN

Assistant Director of Emergency Services, Intensive Care Unit and the Rapid Decision Unit

Tammy Leigh is currently the Assistant Director of Emergency Services, Intensive Care Unit and the Rapid Decision Unit. She obtained her BSN from University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing her MSN, in Nursing Administration. During the past 33 years she has held several roles. Early on, Tammy started her professional career as a staff nurse. Over the years, she progressed and held several leadership roles. Tammy managed the Family Health Clinic. She was also the Coordinator for the Congestive Heart Failure Program. However, Tammy always had a passion for the Emergency Department. She enjoys the fast pace and daily challenges. Tammy currently oversees the 30 bed Emergency Department and 20 bed Intensive Care Unit. The Rapid Decision Unit has been a new adventure for her. The unit has 12 beds dedicated for observation of patients with a specific diagnosis and a goal to discharge patients within 24-48 hours, when appropriate. Tammy also participates in many hospital committees. She recently received her Green Belt for her work on a Lean Project. When she is not working, Tammy enjoys family time with her husband and two daughters.

Dawn Hutchinson, BSN, RN, PCCN

Nursing Director of the Medical-Surgical Units

Dawn Hutchinson is a Registered Nurse currently working as the Nursing Director of the Medical-Surgical Units at RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton. Dawn’s professional nursing career began in 1988, at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in NYC. Dawn achieved her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Excelsior College and holds a specialty certification for Progressive Nursing Care. Actively, Dawn is pursuing her MSN with a concentration in Nurse Leadership.

Over the last 31 years, she has provided leadership to telemetry and endoscopy nursing teams. Dawn has been employed by RWJ Hamilton since 2006, she has served as staff nurse, clinical coordinator, and manager. In her current role, she provides direction and vision for nursing excellence for over 100 team members and 64 beds; her nursing units are comprised of patients receiving general medical-surgical care, and specialties including bariatrics, orthopedics and inpatient oncology. Dawn is also a leader for Lean Change Management and the Inpatient Service team. On a personal note, Dawn is a proud mother of 3 and grandmother of 1 grandson.

Lisa Nevius, BSN, RN, OCN

Nurse Manager for the Medical-Surgical Units

Lisa Nevius is the Nurse Manager for the Medical-Surgical units at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton. Lisa began her career in this facility twenty-four years ago as a patient care technician. After graduating from Mercer County Community College with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science and achieving her Registered Nurse License she was employed as a staff nurse on the medical oncology unit. In 2002, Lisa received her national certification in oncology (OCN) and began working towards her Bachelor’s Degree. Lisa graduated from the University of Delaware in 2009. Working in various roles throughout her career including patient care technician, staff nurse, clinical coordinator and now Manager for the Medical-Surgical units. Lisa has been able to gain the knowledge and skills to drive her pursuit for a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a leadership focus through Excelsior College. Lisa is married for twenty years and a mother to two children. According to Lisa, “It is a pleasure to continue to learn, work and grow within this exceptional organization.”

Pattie Anne Caslow BSN, RN

Director of the Telemetry/ Stroke Units and Cardiovascular Services

Pattie Anne Caslow obtained her BSN from Seton Hall University, and began her career at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, New Jersey as a staff nurse on a telemetry unit. When the opportunity arose, she transferred to the Emergency Department and discovered her passion for working in an environment of organized chaos and caring for patients when they are most vulnerable. She held various roles in the Emergency Department, beginning as a staff RN, was rapidly promoted to Assistant Director, and Nursing Director for Emergency Services. In 2005, Bayshore’s administration recognized her leadership acumen and Pattie Anne was promoted to Nursing Director of Critical Care, where she provided leadership to the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Telemetry Unit. She has received awards for her leadership and nursing excellence. In 2013, Pattie Anne accepted a position at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton as Director of the Telemetry/ Stroke Units, with oversight of 80 beds and 140 team members. After two years she also assumed responsibility for the Cardiovascular Service Line. Pattie Anne’s passion still remains at the bedside, and she thrives in the ever changing nursing profession. Pattie Anne works to help grow our profession by coaching, mentoring, empowering and providing leadership to guide her team to excellence.

Ceara Phillips, BSN, RN

Nurse Manager Telemetry Units

Ceara Phillips grew up in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Ceara longed to become a nurse as a child from an experience with her mother. Ceara attended vocational-tech schooling while still in high school in the health occupations program. Ceara received her certified nurse assistant license while a Junior. Ceara relocated to New Jersey and attended Mercer County Community College’s Nursing program. Ceara attended college full time while working part time at Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton hospital as a unit secretary and patient care tech. Ceara had the pleasure of gaining nursing experience while in the nurse extern program at Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton hospital. Ceara also had the experience to do an internship at Robert Wood Johnson once she became a registered nurse, which helped jump start her career. Ceara was offered a full time position as a staff nurse on Tele Central after completing the internship. She was a member of the Wound Care Committee and was a Wound Care Champion. Ceara was promoted to a Clinical Coordinator for 3-11 shift and then 7-3 shift on Tele Central. She developed a strong love for nursing leadership and wanted to grow more and more. Ceara stepped in as the acting Manager on Telemetry and then soon became the Manager for both telemetry units. Ceara received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Drexel University and is continuing her education in a graduate program for her Master’s Degree in Nursing. Ceara is a beloved wife and a mother of two beautiful princesses. Ceara takes great pride in working at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and loves the team and family atmosphere.

Cheryl Prall, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Director Professional Development, Innovation and Research

Cheryl Prall has been a RN for almost 30 years and is currently the Director Professional Development, Innovation and Research. Cheryl started her career as an orthopedic RN at a community hospital. She attended Emory University for the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse program in 1994. Cheryl was the Director of Staff Development at a long term care facility for 2 years before returning to acute care. She has been in the Education department at RWJ Hamilton for 21 years. Cheryl loves that her role in Education allows her to teach (which is her passion), but also allows her to go to the bedside which is the core of nursing. Cheryl graduated with her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2004 and achieved her NEA-BC in 2017.

Karen Stanton, BSN, RN

Director of Patient Care Management

Karen Stanton graduated from Villanova University School of Nursing, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurses Honor Society. Karen began her career at St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) in 1977, on a medical-surgical unit as a new graduate. Karen transferred to critical care after one year. Karen was appointed as a head nurse of an ICU step-down unit early in her career at SFMC. Two years later, Karen and her family moved to the Baltimore area and she worked at the University of Maryland in the Shock Trauma Unit. Soon after, they relocated to Michigan and western Pennsylvania due to her husband’s employment obligations. Karen’s love of critical care drove her to secure a position in an ICU setting. Eventually Karen and her family settled back in Hamilton, NJ. She began her career here at RWJ Hamilton in the Patient Management Department in 1999 and became the Director of Patient Care Management in 2017.

Amy German, BSN, RN, OCN

Director of the Cancer Center

Amy German is a registered nurse and is the Director of the Cancer Center at RWJBH-Hamilton. She received her Associate’s Degree in 1998 and later received her BSN through Immaculata University in 2007. Amy has been a Robert Wood Johnson employee since March 1996. She started her career here in registration and then transferred to the in-patient oncology floor as the unit secretary where she later worked as an RN. Her entire 21 years in nursing have been in oncology and she is an oncology certified nurse. Amy transferred to the Cancer Center in December of 2001. She started there as an infusion RN and moved to clinical coordinator, manager and then director as of August 2017. Amy is responsible for the daily operations of the medical oncology practice, infusion and radiation departments.

Ann Dikon, BSN, RN, CIC

Director of Infection Prevention

Anne Dikon is the Director of Infection Prevention and has been in that role at RWJ Hamilton for 17 years. Prior to that she worked in Infection Prevention at a Philadelphia hospital for 14 years. Anne has worked in a variety of roles in medical surgical nursing and dialysis, both as a staff nurse and in management. Anne graduated from Sacred Heart Nursing School in Allentown, PA and obtained her BSN from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. She attended the Infection Control training program at the University of Virginia and has been certified in Infection Prevention since 1991. She is very passionate about infection prevention and loves to learn more about emerging infectious diseases and share that information with both staff and patients whenever and wherever possible.

Connie J Moceri, MSN, RN, AGNP-C

Director of Disease Management and Stroke Coordinator

Connie Moceri is the Director of Disease Management and Stroke Coordinator at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton. In 1985, Connie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of NJ and received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the College of NJ in 2017. Connie is an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has been a member of the RWJ Hamilton Team since 1986, with 34 years of acute care experience in multiple clinical areas including critical care, cardiology, oncology, pain management, palliative care and neurology. Her role in these areas have included providing direct patient care, planning of continuing nursing education, patient education, peer review for both nurses and other providers as well as leadership in critical care, telemetry and, most recently, disease management.

Her responsibilities include collaboration/management of stroke & TIA patients, as well as providing care/management of those patients with Congestive Heart Failure in the newest program at RWJ Hamilton “Healthy Lives Hamilton.” She has oversight of the Bariatric Center of Excellence and Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

She is a member of the American Heart/American Stroke Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and serves as a Board Member of the NJ Stroke Coordinators Consortium.

Tara Radcliffe, BSN, RN, CNOR

Director of Surgical Services

Tara has been a Registered Nurse for 24 years. Tara advanced her education and in 2013 she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Holy Family University in Philadelphia. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program in Nursing at Holy Family University. Tara has extensive experience working in the Surgical Services. She has worked as a front line OR nurse and Team Lead for 10 years. Tara’s leadership skills were recognized and she advanced to Clinical Coordinator for the next 7 years. These leadership roles have prepared Tara for her current role as Director of Surgical Services. Tara is a nationally certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR). According to Tara, “Providing a safe environment for the surgical patients and their families is my passion.” There are roughly 5,600 procedures performed yearly at RWJ Hamilton. Tara works well with the surgeons and nursing staff while always staying mindful of the patients’ and families’ needs.

Margaret Adams, MSN, RN, CASC

Nurse Manager of the Operative Services

Margaret Adams has been a nurse for over 25 years, she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Holy Family University in Philadelphia. Maggie began her nursing career in Pediatric Critical Care at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The last 15 years have been spent in surgical services, primarily in out-patient surgery. Maggie has served in the capacity as a Clinical Director, Director of Nursing, Group Vice President and Administrator of a surgical center. Maggie is a Certified Administrator Surgery Center™. According to Maggie, “My passion is threefold: patient, surgeon and employee satisfaction. It is also my responsibility to assure that regulatory compliance and patient safety be maintained at the highest possible levels.” Maggie is currently the Nurse Manager of the Operative Services for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.

Lauren Stabinsky, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CEN

Director of Corporate and Community Wellness

Lauren is the director of the Community Education and Occupational and Corporate Health Departments. Her work includes community outreach, working with the Barnabas Health System and Hamilton Hospital on Social Impact, along with program development and operations for Occupational and Corporate Health. She also works with the hospital LEAN committee and is part of the workout team.

She received her nursing diploma from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PA; Bachelor of Science in nursing from Excelsior College, NY; and her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Drexel University, PA. She has been a Certified Emergency Nurse for over 30 years and recently achieved her Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified credentials.

Previous roles include working in the Emergency Department (ED) as a staff RN with specialization in Trauma, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. She has also held the positions of ED educator, leader, and consultant.

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