What was your path to a career in the healthcare industry?

My high school experiences as a volunteer and as a hospital candy striper, as well as my dad and other family members who were pharmacists. These experiences gave me the opportunity to observe and interact with many healthcare professionals. Ultimately, I wanted a career and profession that was purposeful.

What are some of the things that Trinitas offers the community that you feel are underutilized?

Our OB/GYN Services provides a full spectrum of family planning services with recently updated private birthing suites. Trinitas won numerous awards in 2022 as a leader in obstetrics and gynecology, including being one of only five hospitals to achieve the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award for seven years in a row. We are also very proud of our THRIVE program, which not only slows the progression of kidney disease, but also educates patients on treatment options, and delivers support services for those facing kidney disease.

In what specific ways do you see Trinitas flourishing within the RWJBarnabas Health system?

It will continue to strengthen and align with the system’s “One System, One Family for Quality” goal with positive outcomes, enhance patient satisfaction, focus on employee engagement and focus on efficiency and finances. It will also strengthen our 12 Centers of Excellence with an increased number of doctors and specialized staff and updated systems and machines to provide the best-in-class high-quality care. Being part of RWJB Health will also enhance access to outpatient services. And we are now part of a world-class academic health system, with Rutgers.

What does it mean to be an HRO?

HRO stands for High Reliability Organization. In our case, it means combining the most efficient people, processes, protocols, policies, structures, technologies and environment to achieve top-tier outcomes and deliver the highest quality care—and the safest experience—to our patients, communities and workforce.

How would you like to see Trinitas strengthen its connection to the surrounding community?

Staying connected with local elected officials and making sure to invest in the greater Elizabeth community, as well as partnering with local non-profit organizations through social-impact and community investments. We’ll continue our commitment to the vulnerable populations in our community, including addressing food insecurity. We’re working to develop food pantry services that will be available to those in need, especially our Charity Care population. Finally, we will always look for innovative ways to educate the community on preventative care and screenings so patients have better knowledge of how to effectively utilize healthcare for their benefits.