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Patricia O'Keefe

Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Atlantic Health System, and President, Morristown Medical Center

Trish O'Keefe, president, Morristown Medical Center

Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, is President of Morristown Medical Center and Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Atlantic Health System.

Under O'Keefe's leadership, Morristown Medical Center is ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report for four consecutive years, ranking #41 in the nation, and is the only hospital in New Jersey named one of America’s ‘50 Best Hospitals’ for six consecutive years by Healthgrades. It has earned recognition as one of the World’s Best Hospitals by Newsweek, ranking #34 in the country and top in the State of New Jersey in 2021, and Becker's Healthcare list of "100 great hospitals in America.” Morristown Medical Center has achieved an “A” hospital safety grade – its highest – 13 consecutive times by Leapfrog. The hospital was also recognized by Fortune IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals, ranking number six among 15 major teaching hospitals in the U.S. NurseJournal ranked Morristown Medical Center number three in the U.S. as a best hospital to work for nurses. See all the hospital’s awards >

Morristown Medical Center is nationally recognized in cardiology, orthopedics, critical care, pediatrics, geriatrics, gastroenterology and nursing — a testament to the quality O’Keefe expects. She was instrumental in the medical center’s prestigious designation as an American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence five consecutive times - one of less than one percent of hospitals in the U.S. to achieve this honor.

O’Keefe was recognized by St. Elizabeth University as a community honoree during their 20th annual scholarship celebration and received the 2021 Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Citizen’s Award from the EJI Excellence in Medicine Foundation for her distinguished service in advancing and promoting the health and well-being of the people of New Jersey. She was also honored by the Tri-County Scholarship Fund, which serves many of the state’s financially disadvantaged children. She was named on ROI-NJ’s Influencers Power list in 2020 and 2021, ROI-NJ’s 2021 Influencers: Women in Business – Health Care list and ROI Influencers Health Care Hospital Heroes, 2021. She was honored by Seton Hall University with the Margaret C. Haley Award for making a significant contribution to health care; by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce as a “Woman Who Shines”; received the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Dean's Award for Advancing the Profession of Nursing; and the ONE/NJ Nurse Executive of the Year Award and Professional Recognition Award. She is also the recipient of the Mary A. Mulholland Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America and was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey. She was also recognized by the United Nations as one of 21 Nurses with Global Impact; by Irish America magazine to its Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 list; by the American Cancer Society as a Hero of Hope; and by NJBiz as a 2018 Vanguard Series Leader in Health Care.

She is a notable presenter on topics such as leading through a crisis: COVID-19, redesigning health care, empowerment and shared governance models, resiliency in leadership, nursing's role in the Accountable Care Organization (ACO), geriatric care and medication management, care for the caregiver, and achieving Magnet status.

O'Keefe serves on the Board of Tri-County Scholarship Fund. She also served as the 2019 and 2020 Chair, Morris County Chamber of Commerce Board and also a Member of the Board for eight years; Advisory Board Chair of the Salvation Army of Morris County; Board Member of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Madison, NJ; Board Member of the NJ Sharing Network; and Board Member of the Organization of Nurse Executives in New Jersey (ONE/NJ) for 10 years.

She has participated as a member of Seton Hall University President’s Advisory Board, a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the New Jersey Organization of Nurse Executives (ONE/NJ), and Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. O'Keefe is a certified nurse administrator by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

O’Keefe received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, her Master of Science in Nursing Administration, and received her PhD from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She and her husband Darren are long-time, active residents of Morristown, New Jersey.