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No. 4: Cathleen Bennett

Health Care Power 50

Cathy Bennett, president, New Jersey Hospital Association.

Bennett became chief executive officer of the New Jersey Hospital Association in November 2017. The NJHA provides guidance to the state’s hospitals on how they should handle pressing health care issues, most recently the influx of COVID-19 patients. That work is of paramount importance and will likely remain a top priority at least for the remainder of the year.

In addition Bennett has weighed in on efforts by the Murphy administration to cut down on health care costs – which has seen major backing from elected officials all the way up to the presidential election.

Bennett also oversees the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, a not-for-profit affiliate that promotes continuing education, patient safety, quality improvement and research; and the for-profit Healthcare Business Solutions, which provides group purchasing and other business solutions for health care providers. Bennett spent roughly two years as the state’s health commissioner, so she knows the hospital industry inside and out – a strong resumé at a critical time for the sector.

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