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David Shulkin, MD, Named to Top Post at Morristown Memorial
For Immediate Release
MORRISTOWN, NJ JULY 8, 2010 – Joseph A. Trunfio, president and CEO of Atlantic Health, announced this week the appointment of David Shulkin, MD, to the position of president of Morristown Memorial Hospital and as a vice president of Atlantic Health. Shulkin has assumed the lead role in Atlantic Health’s largest hospital, where he has been serving as president elect and chief operating officer since January.
Shulkin comes to Atlantic Health, which owns and operates Morristown Memorial and Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, just after the organization completed an extensive strategic planning process that includes bringing advances in medical research, technology, and quality initiatives to the community and the region.
“As we navigate the changing health care landscape, Morristown Memorial is poised to heighten efficiency, improve physician alignment, reduce expenses and enhance quality of care and the patient experience,” Shulkin said. “Nothing about running a hospital in the future is easy, but Morristown Memorial is among the strongest health care facilities in New Jersey and is committed to doing what is best for our patients.”
Named one of the 100 most influential health leaders in the country in 2008 by Modern Healthcare, Shulkin joins Atlantic Health from Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, where he served for the last four years as president and CEO. There he led the financial turnaround of the 1,308-bed university teaching hospital and implemented numerous organization-wide changes that advanced patient care, enhanced quality, and improved patient and physician satisfaction.
A board-certified internist, Shulkin has served in numerous physician leadership and academic roles, including: chief medical officer for Temple University Hospital and for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as vice dean and chairman of the Department of Medicine for Drexel University School of Medicine.
He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, professor of medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed his internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in general medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Over the last several years, Morristown Memorial's campus has expanded and modernized to include the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, a 200,000-square foot building that houses the latest diagnostic and treatment tools for cardiovascular care; a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that is the first in the state to offer private rooms for the youngest patients and families; a dedicated spine unit; new Maternity Center; and ongoing expansion of the Emergency Department.
“Hospitals in New Jersey and across the country are facing new challenges as we prepare for a future redefined by health care reform,” said Joseph A. Trunfio, CEO, Atlantic Health. “It’s important to have strong hospital leaders with a clear vision for the future, and with the expertise and flexibility to welcome these challenges as opportunities.”