Englewood Health announced Wednesday it appointed Richard Lerner chairman of both its system and hospital boards.
Lerner, a partner of Housing & Healthcare Finance LLC, has been a member of the system board since 2016 and the hospital board since 2014 and has served as chair of the professional affairs committee, overseeing and guiding quality and patient safety efforts.
“Rich is singularly equipped to lead us during this unprecedented and challenging time, and I am thrilled to welcome him as our new chairman,” said Warren Geller, president and chief executive officer of Englewood Health.
“Since 2014, we have greatly benefited from Rich’s deep understanding of data measurement and quality, as well as his personal commitment to the health and well-being of community members.”
Geller added: “Amid the current pandemic and with an eye toward our future growth and strategy, Rich will be a stellar board chairman, resource, and guide for us. Thanks to his leadership and support of all our trustees, we are well-positioned to emerge from the current challenge stronger than ever.
“As board chairman, one of my primary goals will be to foster relations among our health care professionals, communities, business leaders, and state and federal leaders to work hand-in-hand with us to ensure we have the resources to continue offering access to safe, high-quality health care for residents of Bergen County and beyond,” said Lerner. “Health care takes place, now more than ever, outside the walls of the hospital, and I am especially proud of how Englewood Health has prioritized not just treating illnesses but keeping our community healthy.”
Lerner is regularly consulted by senior members at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and, through its Office of Healthcare Programs, advises on loans for hospitals and senior housing facilities.
Previously, as managing director at Credit Suisse, Lerner was responsible for the company’s health care and affordable multifamily housing loans.
In addition to Lerner, Englewood Health recently appointed local community members and business leaders Michael Gutter and Ari Naim to its hospital board of trustees.