New Jersey health care executive Brian Gragnolati has been named chairman of the American Hospital Association, putting him in the national limelight as President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi battle over health care issues over the next two years.
Gragnolati is the chief executive officer of Atlantic Health System, which operates six New Jersey hospitals — Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital — and a workforce of more than 16,000.
He says he wants to make affordability the focus of his tenure and plans to draw on real-world experience at Atlantic Health.
“More than ever, now is a critically important and exciting time to be a leader in the health care field as we drive the transformation of care in America. I look forward to working with the AHA’s members across the country in support of the association’s mission to advance the health of individuals and communities,” said Gragnolati.
Gragnolati joined Atlantic Health Systems in 2015 after serving as senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine and as president/CEO of hospitals in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
During the 2018 cycle, Gragnolati contributed to three Democratic House members – Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) – and to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin. He also donated $5,400 to Chris Christie’s campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.