The Auxiliary of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital celebrated 60 years of service to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) during its 57th Annual Ball at the Hyatt in New Brunswick. The Auxiliary Ball has helped fund upgrades and enhancements to the hospital’s campus and underwritten specialty programs. This year’s theme was a Diamond Jubilee Masquerade Ball. At the event, the Auxiliary honored two distinguished individuals whose passion for RWJUH, commitment to community service and unwavering support of the Auxiliary has served as an inspiration to many: Stephen and Barbara Jones.
Mr. Jones, who is currently the chief academic officer for RWJBarnabas Health, served as president and chief executive officer of RWJUH and the Robert Wood Johnson Health System from 2006 to 2016. As president and chief executive officer, Mr. Jones led the hospital through a period of unprecedented growth and achievement as the academic medical center expanded its reputation for excellence. He also helped engineer Robert Wood Johnson Health System’s merger with Barnabas Health, which created New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare system, RWJBarnabas Health. The healthcare system serves more than 3 million patients each year. Previously, Mr. Jones served as senior vice president, operations of RWJUH beginning in 1983. Mr. Jones is immediate past-chairman of the New Jersey Hospital Association Board and a member of the Board of the Center for Medical Interoperability, as well as the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care Committee. Mr. Jones is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Jones also has a faculty appointment at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in the Bloustein School Health Management Program.
An accomplished leader, Mrs. Jones joined the RWJUH community in 1990 where she was named director of public and community affairs and was later promoted to vice president. During her time at RWJUH, Mrs. Jones developed award-winning advertising and marketing campaigns that helped shape the hospital’s identity and brand during a period of significant transformation which saw RWJUH evolve from a community hospital to a nationally distinguished academic medical center. Mrs. Jones established the Rutgers Athletics Sports Marketing relationship which continues to grow today, and worked closely with the Auxiliary on their fundraising events, including the Ball.
Founded in 1956, the Auxiliary began as a formation of committees tasked with helping the hospital staff the reception desk, managing volunteers, purchasing a patient hospitality cart and starting a coffee shop. 60 years later, the Auxiliary has grown alongside the hospital, promoting the general welfare of the hospital through volunteer services, fundraising projects and creating programs to promote the hospital to the community. Most recently, the Auxiliary celebrated the completion of its pledge to fund the Skylight CareNavigator Interactive Patient System, an interactive entertainment and education experience available on TVs in each patient’s room and hospital lounges.