TBZ Veterinary Hospital renamed in honor of outgoing RWJBH Chairman/CEO – Essex News Daily
WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. dedicated the Turtle Back Zoo Animal Hospital to Essex County’s Barry H. Ostrowsky Animal Welfare Center on Monday May 23. Opened in 2005, the building was renamed in honor of Barry Ostrowsky, outgoing president and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health.
“Barry Ostrowsky made RWJBarnabas Health New Jersey’s premier health care system and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on health care. Under his leadership, Cooperman Barnabas, Clara Maass and Newark Beth Israel Medical Centers have contributed to the economic development, public health and quality of life of our communities,” DiVincenzo said. “Barry has also been a great partner with Essex County. He has helped promote Turtle Back Zoo statewide by hosting RWJBarnabas’ Running with the Devils event at our South Mountain Recreation Complex. .
“I don’t really have the vocabulary to express my feelings, especially with all the nice things that have been said. This is really more than I deserve. It’s a great honor beyond me,” Ostrowsky said. “The Turtle Back Zoo is a place where everyone is invited, where everyone can learn and have fun when they are here. When you have a facility like this, you are contributing to the lives of the people who visit. »
Friends and elected officials paid their respects to Mr. Ostrowsky during the name change ceremony.
“There is something special about this zoo, and having this facility named in your honor is well deserved,” said Marc E. Berson, chairman of the board of RWJBarnabas Health and for whom the Berson Education Center of the Turtle Back Zoo is named.
“Having your name on this building demonstrates the long-standing partnership between Essex County and RWJBarnabas. This is fitting recognition of your remarkable career,” said RWJBarnabas Health President Mark Manigan.
“It’s wonderful that we’re naming this facility after Barry. It’s a great way to recognize all he has done to help the health of Essex County,” said Commissioner Patricia Sebold.
“You have done a tremendous job and under your leadership the hospital and the healthcare system have grown by leaps and bounds. It is only fitting that your name be immortalized here where all can see it,” said Essex County District Attorney Theodore N. Stephens II.
“You are a legend. There is nothing more fitting than having your name here. It is well deserved,” said Sheriff Armando Fontoura.
“Our main role is to promote the conservation of animal species and their habitats and it is gratifying to know how much you have supported our efforts,” Turtle Back Zoo Director Jillian Fazio said.
“It’s comforting to know that we have the state’s premier health care system right down the street and they are one of our biggest supporters,” said the Zoological Society’s executive director, Adam Kerins.
A bronze plaque placed in front of the Barry H. Ostrowsky Animal Welfare Center begins with a quote from Shirley Chisholm: “You don’t make progress by standing aside and whining and complaining. You progress by implementing ideas. The plaque continues: “Barry Ostrowsky joined the leadership team at Saint Barnabas Medical Center three decades ago. As the hospital grew and evolved, Barry’s role also grew, eventually becoming President and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive academic healthcare system. Barry understands that the mission of a healthcare system is not limited to providing quality medical care to its patients. Under his leadership, RWJBarnabas expanded its role to promote community wellness through partnerships with local governments, businesses, nonprofits, and neighborhoods, and by transforming system medical centers into catalysts. that stabilize, improve and help develop communities. He has also been a staunch friend of Essex County, keeping Essex as the base of the hospital system and bringing RWJ Barnabas Health’s Running with the Devils, a statewide health awareness event, to the zoo in Essex County Turtle Back and Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. . Naming our veterinary hospital in his honor is a fitting tribute to recognize his longstanding commitment to Essex County.
Ostrowsky joined the staff of Saint Barnabas Medical Center as executive vice president and general counsel in 1991 and became CEO in 2011. When Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System merged in 2016 to become RWJBarnabas Health, he was named president and CEO. Ostrowsky will retire on December 31 this year.