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HPAE praises Persichilli nomination

University hospital president set to replace Elnahal at DOH

By Nikita Biryukov, June 25 2019 11:11 am

Health Professionals and Allied Employees, a medical workers union, is backing Judith Persichilli’s appointment to head the Department of Health.

“Whenever nurses — who serve on the frontlines of healthcare delivery and patient care every day —move into leadership positions, that can only benefit New Jersey’s residents, families, and society as a whole,” HPAE President Debbie White said. “While Ms. Persichilli boasts an impressive resume over the length of her nursing career, we recently gained even more respect for her in her current role as interim CEO at University Hospital in Newark, where she’s proven herself to be a forward-thinking fighter for patients and New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations at this safety net hospital.”

Persichilli is set to replace State Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal, who is leaving Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration to serve as president of University Hospital, where Persichilli has been interim president since December.

Persichilli nomination was first reported by Politico New Jersey.

Elnahal is the first member of Murphy’s cabinet to leave the administration.

“As nurses and health professionals, we look forward to working with Judith Persichilli as Commissioner of Health and look forward to how she will bring her professional skills and leadership to New Jersey ’s healthcare systems,” White said. “This is indeed a historic day for New Jersey’s nurses and health professionals. We have every confidence that Ms. Persichilli will bring the proper oversight needed to ensure patients have access to quality care and services – ranging from primary care services to advanced lifesaving treatments across the state.”

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