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No. 10: Barry Ostrowsky

Commercial Real Estate Power 50

Barry Ostrowsky

Barry Ostrowsky –

As president and chief executive officer of RWJBarnabas Health, Ostrowsky leads one of New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive health care systems with a service area of nine counties and five million residents. He is spearheading a systemwide endeavor promoting healthier living for employees and the members of its diverse communities by addressing the social determinants of health.

Ostrowsky’s reach in social, political and cultural realms is extensive. For example, he orchestrated a partnership with New Brunswick Development Corp. to build the $750 million RWJ Cancer Institute of New Jersey, which will be the largest in the state. The pavilion will house outpatient treatment centers, including those for chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as the major diagnostic modalities, and inpatient cancer services of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

With experience in the real estate world he can quickly assess and direct the health system’s real estate effort. In addition to the Cancer Institute, RWJBarnabas is developing the Fort Monmouth health care campus; cancer centers in key locations throughout the system, and the recently-completed RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center at Rutgers.

Other projects include an expansion of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Clara Maass Medical Center’s and RWJ University Hospital’s Emergency Departments, the Bayonne Satellite Emergency Department, and The Beth Greenhouse at Newark Beth Israel.

Ostrowsky is now enhancing the system’s Social Impact practice through the development of transitional housing in areas of need across the state. Among the housing initiatives are collaborations with community partners to reduce homelessness and improve access to safe, stable and affordable housing including the New Brunswick Healthy Housing Collaborative; the Social and Health Services Integration Program – Coming Home Middlesex County; Healing Homes Somerset; and Family Village in Newark.
Among active memberships, Ostrowsky serves on the boards of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; Public Media NJ Inc., operator of NJTV; and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

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