Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has promoted current Chief Operating Officer Alan Lee to president, effective June 7.
According to the June 8 announcement, Lee will continue to report to RWJUH Chief Executive Officer Bill Arnold – who previously also held the president role – and will serve as interim COO until a successor is named.
With this executive move, all RWJUH clinical and operational leadership will report to Lee.
“Since joining RWJUH in the fall of 2021, Alan has assembled a strong operations leadership team that has yielded results against our strategic plan to become a premier academic medical center at the core of the RWJBarnabas Health academic health system,” Arnold said in a statement. “I expect this momentum to continue under his leadership at the hospital and through our partnership with Rutgers University.”
Lee joined the New Brunswick hospital from New York-Presbyterian (NYP), where he served in multiple senior leadership roles since 2009, eventually serving as chief operating officer at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. While at NYP, Lee spearheaded initiatives focused on patient experience, operations and capital expansion, environmental services, patient throughput and length of stay management, according to RWJUH.
Lee’s background also includes hotel management, including working for New York City-based brands such as the Millennium Broadway, the Regent Wall Street and the Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park and Hudson, an Ian Schrager Hotel.
Jack Morris, chair of the RWJUH board of directors, said that Lee “is a passionate advocate for culture, which is critical to the RWJUH team as we recover from the pandemic and build a world-class medical center where the top health care professionals want to work and where patients in New Jersey and beyond receive the highest levels of care.”
Morris added that Lee has successfully attracted top talent to “build a high-functioning team.”
RWJUH is a 640-bed hospital and the state’s largest academic medical center through its partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Additionally, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH is a 105-bed facility that serves as the hub of the state’s only pediatric academic medical campus.