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Barry Ostrowsky

President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health

Barry Ostrowsky


Mr. Barry H. Ostrowsky is the President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive integrated health care delivery system with a service area that includes more than five million residents. He is spearheading a system-wide endeavor to promote healthier living for employees and the members of our communities and develop an effective strategy to address the true social needs of our diverse communities.

RWJBarnabas Health includes 11 acute care hospitals (five are teaching hospitals), three children’s hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, a free-standing behavioral health center, New Jersey’s largest statewide behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, pharmacy services, multi-site imaging centers, an accountable care organization, as well as medical groups with primary and specialty care physician practices. The system is comprised of 33,000 employees, (second largest private employer in New Jersey); nearly 9,000 physicians (representing more than 40 percent of the state’s actively practicing physicians), and 1,000 residents and interns.


Mr. Ostrowsky joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 1991 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel and served in the same role when Barnabas Health was created in 1996. At Barnabas Health, he became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and President and Chief Executive Officer in 2012.  In April 2016, with the merger of Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System, he assumed his present position. Mr. Ostrowsky was previously a Senior Partner at Brach, Eichler.


Among active memberships, he serves on the Board s of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; Public Media NJ, Inc., operator of NJTV; and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  He is a member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Care Systems Governing Council.


In 2016, NJBIZ named Mr. Ostrowsky the Executive of the Year in Business in New Jersey, and in 2017 he was named once again to the NJBIZ Health Care Power 50 list of the most powerful people in New Jersey health care, and to the Power 100 list, which includes the state’s most influential people in business.  Previously, he had been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of its “300 Hospital & Health System Leaders to Know”.


Mr. Ostrowsky received a BA from Rutgers University and a JD from the University of Tennessee School of Law.

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