University Hospital on Monday said it appointed three new members to its executive leadership team.
Joining University Hospital on April 13 are Robert Iannaccone as executive vice president, Dr. William Holubek as chief medical officer, and Tomas Gregorio as chief innovation and technology officer.
“These three health care executives will bring fresh ideas and new enthusiasm to University Hospital as we look to a new era of serving our community. Robert and Tomas have first-hand experience with New Jersey’s health care environment, while William brings a great perspective on urban health care. All three have deep experience in academic medical center leadership,” said Dr. Shereef Elnahal, president and chief executive officer of University Hospital. “I look forward to working with them as we join forces with our board of directors to continuously improve University Hospital and its operations.”
Iannaccone joins the University Hospital executive team from his previous position as CEO at Saint Michael’s Medical Center. He led the hospital through its acquisition by Prime Healthcare System, and an extensive restructuring that included the creation of a new Local Governing Board, a Community Advisory Board, the development of a strategic plan, and the design and recruitment of a diverse leadership team for the hospital.
“I know Newark, and I look forward to the opportunity to join forces with Dr. Elnahal and the leadership team as we look to fulfill the Hospital’s mission to the City of Newark and the surrounding community,” said Iannaccone. “I look forward to bringing the knowledge and expertise on hospital transformation gained while at Saint Michael’s to New Jersey’s state hospital.”
He also presided over the improvement of the hospital’s Leapfrog safety grade, achieving an A in the last survey.
Gregorio most recently served as senior vice president and general manager at New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) – Healthcare Division. There, he had overall responsibility for day-to-day business operations of the $20 million startup, which has several innovative programs to help government and industry tackle the daily problems faced by physicians, health systems and payers.
He led the organization during a period of significant growth, increasing an initial staff of nine to a staff of 120 in just four years. Most recently, he served as the primary investigator on a $49.6 million Medicare grant to reduce national health care spending by $155 million.
“Through my industry experience and my work in New Jersey health care, my long-term vision is to continue to find innovative ways to deliver on the triple aim – better health care, better health, and lower costs,” said Gregorio. “I thank Dr. Elnahal and his team for affording me the opportunity to bring that focus to University Hospital.”
Holubek comes to University Hospital following his tenure as vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, a 762-bed urban academic hospital in Atlanta, Ga. with two campuses and a Level 1 Trauma Center designation. In that capacity, he helped make significant improvements in patient safety and quality.
“University Hospital is a jewel of New Jersey, with world-class graduate medical education, and advanced technologies and clinical services,” said Holubek. “I am honored to become a member of the leadership team and eager to ensure University Hospital is recognized for the exceptional care it delivers.”