Stephen K. Jones

Executive in Residence
Program in Health Administration
Lifetime Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (LFACHE)
MA Healthcare Administration, George Washington University
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  • Phone: (732) 861-9728
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Research Interests
  • executive leadership
  • healthcare management and operations
  • healthcare diversity and inclusion
  • healthcare equity of care
  • population health
  • global health

Stephen K. Jones, LFACHE, is the former President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH)—a nationally distinguished academic medical center and Level I Trauma Center—and the Robert Wood Johnson Health System comprised of five hospitals including Children’s Specialized Hospital, the nation’s largest provider of pediatric rehabilitative care. He subsequently negotiated the merger that created RWJBarnabas Health, now New Jersey’s most comprehensive health care delivery system, treating over 3 million patients a year with 15 adult and children’s hospitals and multiple sites and services.

Jones developed RWJUH’s nationally recognized diversity and inclusion program, which garnered the prestigious American Hospital Association (AHA) Equity of Care award in 2015. He is frequently asked to speak about how the hospital empowered and incentivized staff to increase diversity and cultural competence while reducing costs. Under his leadership RWJUH was designated by Modern Healthcare as a “Best Place To Work” and by Diversity MBA magazine as one of the “50 Out Front Companies for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work.”

Recently retired as RWJBarnabas Health’s Chief Academic Officer, Jones is an Executive in Residence in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he teaches courses in healthcare management at the graduate and undergraduate level. Previously he taught in the School of Public Health MPH program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Jones has been honored with numerous awards including the 2014 Outstanding Healthcare Executive Award from the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Foundation. He served as Chairman of the New Jersey Hospital Association and a board member of University Health System Consortium, the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, and the Center for Medical Interoperability (C4MI). Jones is a Lifetime Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland and an MA in Health Care Administration from George Washington University. A veteran, Jones served as a Russian linguist in the US Air Force and for the National Security Agency.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

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  • Introduction to Health Administration
  • Population Health
  • Finance for Health Administration
  • Principles of Health Administration
  • Finance for Health Administration
  • Leadership and Professional Development

Recent Publications
  • 2018: Ihor B. Gussak and John B. Kostis (eds.). 2018. Iatrogenicity:  Causes and Consequences of Iatrogenesis in Cardiovascular Medicine. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press
    • Miriam A. Gonzalez­-Siegel and Stephen K. Jones. Chapter 2. Epidemiology and Public Health Aspects and Complications of  Iatrogenicity: Regulatory, Legal and Ethical Dimensions
    • Stephen K. Jones and Miriam A. Gonzalez-­Siegel. Chapter 3. Risk Management : The Medical Center Administration Perspective
  • Kate Guelich, Barry H. Ostrowsky, and Stephen K. Jones. 2017. Best practices for partnering success: Two leaders share their approach to forming a combined organization. American Hospital Association Trustee Magazine.
  • Kate Guelich, Barry H. Ostrowsky, and Stephen K. Jones. 2017. Best practices for partnering success: Two leaders share their approach to forming a combined organization. Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine (reprint).

Areas of Expertise: Health PolicyPublic HealthUS Health Care Services