Barnabas Health recently announced the appointment of Barbara Mintz to the newly created position of vice president of healthy living and community engagement.Mintz will be responsible for centralizing and bolstering community wellness initiatives across the Barnabas Health system, the hospital announced in a press release.
“By creating this new position, we are taking proactive measures to significantly increase community engagement and promote preventative health care, keeping patients healthier and out of the hospital setting,” Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and CEO of Barnabas Health, said in a prepared statement.
Mintz will also be responsible for enhancing existing community outreach and education efforts to establish sustainable lifestyle education programs that improve the health of the people in the communities which Barnabas Health serves.
She will also coordinate each site’s community health and wellness services with a focus on lifestyle education programs for exercise, nutrition, stress-reduction, smoking cessation, and medication compliance, among others.
“Barbara has served Barnabas Health as assistant vice president of wellness for Newark Beth Israel Medical Center since 2011,” Michellene Davis, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Barnabas Health, said in a prepared statement. “She has an extensive background and expertise in creating efficient, culturally competent, comprehensive and measurable educationally-based programs that provide communities with the tools they need to prevent disease and live healthier lives. We welcome Barbara to this new role and look forward to her enhancement of our system-wide community outreach endeavors.”