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Leslie D. Hirsch to Receive Distinguished Service Award

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Leslie D. Hirsch to Receive Distinguished Service Award
President and CEO of Saint Clare’s Health System Recognized by American College of Healthcare Executives – New Jersey Chapter

Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president and CEO of Saint Clare’s Health System, has been selected to receive the American College of Healthcare Executives-NJ Chapter Distinguished Service award. ACHE-NJ presents this award each year in recognition of the personal and professional contributions of a senior level New Jersey healthcare leader who has made a significant difference in the quality of and access to healthcare for state residents.
The award will be presented at ACHE-NJ’s Annual Meeting June 4 at the Johnson and Johnson Corporate Center in New Brunswick.

During his more than 30-year healthcare career, Hirsch has served as a leader in a number of recognized health care organizations, including many in his home state of New Jersey. Prior to Saint Clare’s, Hirsch had been president and CEO of Touro Infirmary in New Orleans from 2005-2008, an inner-city major teaching medical center with more than 500 licensed beds and 2,000 employees. Starting just one week before Hurricane Katrina, he led the evacuation of more than 200 patients, and just 27 days later Touro was the first hospital to reopen in New Orleans, restoring operations to near full capacity within one year.

Additionally, Hirsch has served as president and CEO of Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, a 565-bed teaching hospital in Denver, Colo., from 2002-2005. Hirsch also worked for 14 years at Cooper Health System in Camden, N.J., one of the largest healthcare providers in the Delaware Valley – for three years as president and CEO and for eleven years prior to that as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions with Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, N.Y., and Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, N.J.

Mr. Hirsch has been an active community leader throughout his career. He served fourteen years on the Board of Trustees of The Ronald McDonald House of southern New Jersey and was the recipient of their Big Heart Award. He served on the Board of Directors of the Camden County (New Jersey) Chapter of the American Red Cross and was honored as a recipient of the Good Neighbor Award. He is a past president of the Camden County Council, Boy Scouts of America, and was honored as the Council’s 1997 Distinguished Citizen, as well as with the Silver Beaver Award, a national award and the highest honor given by a local council. He has served in various leadership roles with the American Heart Association in New Jersey, Colorado and Louisiana, and received the Torch of Hope Award by the Denver Metro American Heart Association.

During his tenure in New Orleans he played an active role in the City’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina, having served as a member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority Public Health Task Force and in other leadership roles. He was recognized as a Role Model by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, as a Health Care Hero by New Orleans CityBusiness, and was a recipient of the MacEachern CEO Award by the Public Relations Society of America/Health Care Academy.

In 2012, Hirsch was honored with the Award of Excellence from the Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs, as well as the Community Service Award from the Assumption College of Sisters (Mendham, NJ).
Mr. Hirsch is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a past president of the Association of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the New Jersey Hospital Association and as a member of its Board of Trustees. He also serves as a Delegate on the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board. He is an active member of the Business Council of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Hirsch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from William Paterson University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

About American College of Healthcare Executives-NJ
With more than 750 members, ACHE-NJ is a chapter member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 35,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE's established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level.