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Trish O'Keefe

Vice President, Atlantic Health System and President, Morristown Medical Center

Trish O'Keefe, president, Morristown Medical Center

Trish O'Keefe, PhD, RN, has been instrumental in Morristown Medical Center’s success and recognition on the national level. Under her leadership, the hospital achieved designation as an American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence five consecutive times – a feat achieved by less than one percent of hospitals in the country. Morristown Medical Center also became the only hospital in New Jersey named by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospital’s for three years. See all the hospital’s awards >

In addition to her role as hospital president, O’Keefe is executively responsible for Atlantic Health System’s cardiology, orthopedic, women’s health, pediatric and oncology service lines and is coordinating a system-wide approach for nursing and patient experience.

A recognized thought leader, O’Keefe frequently presents to national and regional audiences on a variety of topics. These include redesigning health care, empowerment and shared governance models, achieving Magnet status, resiliency in leadership, transitions in health care, nursing's role in the accountable care organizations (ACO), geriatric care and medication management, care for the caregiver, and recruitment and retention.

O’Keefe has received numerous awards and recognitions from reputable organizations and publications, such as the United Nations, Irish America magazine, the American Cancer Society, NJ Biz, Seton Hall University, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), and the Boy Scouts of America.

Additionally, O’Keefe has served on many committees dedicated to improving our community and nursing education. She is Chair of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Seton Hall University President’s Advisory Board, the Morris County Strategic Planning Committee, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the NJ Organization of Nurse Executives, and Sigma Theta Tau International’s Honor Society of Nursing. Previous roles included the Board of Directors for the NJ Sharing Network, Board of Directors for the Organization of Nurse Executives in NJ, Advisory Board Chair for the Salvation Army of Morris County, and Board Member of the College of Saint Elizabeth.

O’Keefe received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She later earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration and her PhD from Seton Hall University. O'Keefe is also a certified nurse administrator by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.