Our Nursing Leaders

RWJ University Hospital Rahway

Ann Marie Shears, MA, RN, NE-BCAnn Marie Shears, MA, RN, NE-BC

Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services

Ann Marie Shears, MA, RN, NE-BC, is Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services overseeing all aspects of the Nursing Division with attention to clinical quality, patient safety, and patient satisfaction. Ann Marie joined Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in 2013 as the Director of Nursing Operations, where she helped shepherd the hospital’s Operation Excellence, a huge project that focused on strategic planning and developing meaningful metrics for hospital in the areas of growth and quality. In 2014 she was promoted to Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services. She holds a strong background in nursing executive leadership roles and focuses on providing the highest quality care, improving the patient experience and process, and fostering nurses of all levels for succession and transition. She has instituted and fostered a number of initiatives to promote nursing leadership and education at the hospital. Ann Marie has a Master’s in Nursing Administration from New York University, holds a national board Nurse Executive Certification, and is a member of the Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Association of Critical Care Nursing.

Eric Kleinert, BSN, RNEric Kleinert, BSN, RN

Administration Director of Nursing Operations

Eric has been in healthcare for 25 years, with the past ten years at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway. Prior to becoming Director of Nursing Operations at RWJUH Rahway, Eric was Nurse Manager of the hospital’s Emergency Department. As Director of Nursing Operations, Eric oversees the daily operations of all inpatient nursing units and the Emergency Department.

His accomplishments as Director of Nursing include the opening of the hospital’s new Observation Unit and the renovation of medical surgical unit 2E. That renovation transformed one of the hospital’s older units to a state of the art, patient-friendly space featuring more private rooms, and amenities such as a kitchen for family members to get a snack or a hot drink. Eric is playing an instrumental role in the upcoming renovation of 3E, one of the largest units, which cares for joint replacement, bariatric and medical and surgical patients. That project will take a year.

Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kean University and is currently working toward his Master’s in Nursing Leadership.

Deborah Gandy, MSN, MSA, RN, CPHQDeborah Gandy, MSN, MSA, RN, CPHQ

Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness

Deborah Gandy, MSN, MSA, RN, CPHQ, Professional Practice and Outcomes Specialist, was named Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness, overseeing Quality Management, Medical Management, Accreditation, Case Management, Social Services, Risk Management and Infection Prevention.

Ms. Gandy’s career spans several decades in health care organizations including hospitals, managed care and community services in both New Jersey and New
York. Initially educated in nursing, Ms. Gandy obtained degrees in nursing, business administration, human resources as well as certifications in healthcare quality and Six Sigma as a Black Belt. The combination of her education and experience has resulted in the development and implementation of both clinical and nonclinical programs and process improvement initiatives.

Jennifer Brown, MSN, MPA, RNJennifer Brown, MSN, MPA, RN

Nursing Professional Practice and Clinical Outcomes Specialist

Jenn is the Nursing Professional Practice and Clinical Outcomes Specialist. She joined RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick in 1999 as a Nurse Extern and successfully transitioned into clinical practice where she gained vast skill sets in Population Health, Care Coordination, Case Management, Ambulatory services, Home Care, and various Inpatient care settings. Since 2009 she has been involved with Magnet, the gold standard for Nursing Excellence and assisted in two re-designations for New Brunswick. At Rahway she is charged with creating a culture of nursing excellence incorporating Magnet standards and she collaborates closely with clinical nurses and leadership to strive for outstanding quality patient care and outcome. She holds a Master’s in Nursing with Community Focus and Master’s in Public Administration from Kean University and her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University.

Helen Peare, BSN, RNHelen Peare, BSN, RN

Director of Cardiac Services

Helen oversees the Cardiac Service Line at RWJUH in Rahway. In 2010 she was promoted as Director of Ambulatory Cardiac Services which encompasses Cardiac Cath Lab, Cardiac Rehab Center, Interventional Radiology Nurses, and Stress Testing. She is a key member in renovation of the Cardiac Rehab Department and currently involved in expanding Rahway’s Cardiac Cath Lab. Helen Peare has worked in healthcare for 45 years. Throughout her career she has held various roles including: Ambulatory Cardiac Services Manager at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Rahway since September of 1980. She was the Assistant Head Nurse of Medical Intensive Care services, Staff and Nursing Supervisor at Bellevue Hospital Center, New York City.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing form Hunter College, New York. She is a member of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Victor Sanotsky, MS, RNVICTOR SANOTSKY, MS, RN

Director of Perioperative Services

Victor has worked in healthcare for 25 years. He currently serves as the Director of Perioperative Services with oversight of planning, organizing, and directing care across multiple departments including the Operating Room, Pre- Admission Testing, Same Day Surgery, Recovery, Endoscopy, and Central Sterile. Previous experiences include Clinical Nurse Manager, clinical nurse, and Research Fellow at the University of Military Electronics, USSR.

He also serves as Co-chair of RWJBH system Perioperative practice council. He received his Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from New York University and is currently working on an MBA From Rutgers University.

Randolph Haywood, JR. DPN, MSN, RNRandolph Haywood, JR. DNP, MSN, RN

Director of Education and Research

Dr. Randolph Haywood JR., DNP, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing Education and Research holds a BSN, Master’s in Nursing Education and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Leadership. Dr. Haywood is certified as a Critical Care Nurse and has over 20 years of clinical nursing experience. He held positions as Faculty, Clinical Instructor, Intensive Care, Coronary Critical Care, Telemetry, Pediatrics, Nursing Supervision, Case Management, Mentoring, Preceptorship, and Nursing Education. He is a results-focused and effectual leader with the ability to develop, organize and execute essential organizational plans and goals that are operationalized through effective collaboration and evidence-based practice. He has the talent for proactively identifying, inquiring and resolving problems of nursing proactive within all aspects of operational activities. His specialties include effective leadership, coaching and mentoring, transformational leadership, and management, understanding the person-organization fit, healthcare reform, client-centered-care, enhancing the nursing design and the future of nursing.




Our Nurse Managers

  • Rose Caleen, BSN, RN-C

    Rose Caleen, BSN, RN-C
    3E Nurse Manager
    Medical/Surgical Unit

  • Maria Ruiz, MSM, BSN, RN, CCRN

    Maria Ruiz, MSM, BSN, RN, CCRN
    3C Nurse Manager
    Telemetry Unit

  • Gary Buckalew MSN, RN, CCRN

    Gary Buckalew MSN, RN, CCRN
    2E Nurse Manager
    Telemetry/Ventilator Unit

  • Debra Toth MSN, RN, CCRN

    Debra Toth MSN, RN, CCRN
    CCU Nurse Manager
    Critical Care Unit

  • Karen Vargas BSN, RN

    Karen Vargas BSN, RN
    ED Nurse Manager
    Emergency Department

  • Dawn Schanz, MSN, RN, GNP, CNOR

    Dawn Schanz, MSN, RN, GNP, CNOR
    Perioperative Nurse Manager

  • Mary Muylk, MBA, BSN, RN, CCM

    Mary Muylk, MBA, BSN, RN, CCM
    Director of Medical Management
    Case Management and Social Services

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