St. Joseph’s Health Foundation Welcomes New Board Members and Elects New Board Officers

PATERSON, N.J. (November 15, 2022) — St. Joseph’s Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently elected a new slate of officers for 2023. Nancy Kontos, CFO, Kontos Foods, Inc., was elected to serve as Chair while Donna M. DeCandido, Philanthropist and Community Volunteer, was reelected as Vice Chair. Next to join the leadership team is Swati J. Parekh, MD, FAAO, Chairman of Ophthalmology at St. Joseph’s Health, who was elected to serve as Secretary.  The last individual to take on a new leadership role is Timothy Matteson, Esq., Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Lakeland Bank, who will serve as Treasurer.

In addition to the new leadership team, the Foundation Board also welcomed three new board members: Deborah Nappi, CPA, MST Partner, Co-Leader of Healthcare; Daniel Delgado, Owner-CEO of Proof Logistics Group LLC; and Moira K. Connolly, BSN, MSN, JD.

“As we continue to dedicate ourselves to the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve, and the work of St. Joseph’s Health as a whole, we are thrilled to welcome three new board members,” said Robert B. Budelman, III, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, St. Joseph’s Health Foundation. “Moira, Debbie and Daniel have already been involved in supporting our efforts to address the needs of our patients, and we are confident they will play an even more significant role in the years ahead.”

The newly appointed leadership team and three new members began their term in September.

About the new members:

Deborah Nappi, CPA, MST Partner, Co-Leader of Healthcare – SAX, LLP Debbie Nappi was named Partner at Sax in 2022 and serves as Co-Leader of the firm’s Healthcare Practice. She is an advocate for her clients, and specializes in consulting services, revenue cycle management and physician productivity. Debbie focuses her attention on the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. In this role, she leads the firm’s healthcare clients through all aspects of the CARES Act, including PPP and PRF compliance. In addition to specializing in revenue cycle management and productivity analysis, she also serves as interim CFO during M&A transactions, mitigating risk and ensuring a smooth and successful process. Debbie conducts due diligence for private equity, analyzes Healthcare related transactions on the buy and sell side, reviews practice evaluations and manages post-close transactions. Debbie is an expert at handling multi-site medical practices, navigating multi-state compliance, handling complex profit allocations, and with extensive experience with Super Groups, Debbie is a go-to for evaluating ancillary services. She also has expertise with revenue cycle management that includes payer receipt analysis, payer contract analysis and the development of KPIs. Debbie is a Five Star Professional Service Award winner due to her contributions to the accounting industry and commitment to client service. She is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey.

Daniel Delgado, Owner-CEO of Proof Logistics Group LLC, has been involved in the transportation industry for more than 25 years. Since its inception, Proof Logistics has grown into a national competitor in transportation, logistics, and intermodal services.

The scope and vision of Mr. Delgado’s philanthropic achievements continue to evolve. Intimately involved in The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and The National Minority Supplier Development Council. The company has also sponsored multiple educational opportunities, including Berkeley College’s Annual Golf Outing and significant donations to the Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Arts & Culture committee. Daniel emigrated from Cuba at a young age and has been a resident in New Jersey for over 40 years.

Moira Connolly has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She began her career as a staff nurse in New York City. After law school and a brief stint representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice litigation, Moira returned to healthcare to focus on risk prevention and control and has since held senior-level risk and compliance roles. Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Moira was the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at St. Joseph's Health, where she was responsible for all aspects of the Risk Management, Corporate Compliance, and Internal Audit Programs. She is skilled in many aspects of risk management and compliance including risk assessment, claims and litigation management, risk financing, captive insurance, patient safety, corporate compliance, and HIPAA/privacy.

Moira earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Health Care Compliance Association, and New Jersey State Bar Association. 

ABOUT ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH FOUNDATION

St. Joseph’s Health Foundation is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve, and supports the work of our System including the needs of St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Healthcare and Rehab Center, and our many outpatient facilities located across Northern New Jersey. As the St. Joseph’s Health community grows, we are excited to support the healthcare needs of our patients through innovative research, cutting-edge technology, and impactful programs, ensuring the best use of your funds in our community, right here at home.

Your generosity allows us to reach the next level of excellence in everything we do. We create excellence through a partnership with thousands of people who give in different ways. Many live in the community. Some work here. And others represent organizations and corporations that share our mission and vision. St. Joseph’s Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

ABOUT ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH

Founded in 1867 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by more than 5,000 leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. From its humble beginnings, St. Joseph’s Health has become one of the premier health systems in the state, serving more than 1.5 million patients annually. The organization continues to evolve as the leading health resource in the community, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the largest providers of charity care in New Jersey.

The St. Joseph’s Health system is one of the leading clinical teaching and academic centers in the country, and has been recognized for its innovative programs and cutting-edge services. The health system operates a full continuum of care, including a regional tertiary care medical center (St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson), an acute care medical center (St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne) a state-designated children’s hospital (St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Paterson), a rehabilitation and long-term care facility (St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Rehab Center, Cedar Grove), an outpatient facility (St. Joseph’s Totowa Health Campus, Totowa) comprehensive home care (Visiting Health Services of New Jersey), and multiple ambulatory care centers located throughout Northern New Jersey. The system is further supported by St. Joseph’s Health Medical Group, which operates more than 100 physician medical and specialty practices across northern New Jersey.

Among its awarding-winning specialties, St. Joseph’s is home to the nationally acclaimed Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) program; the first accredited Geriatric Emergency Department in New Jersey; and recognized by US News with a top nursing home award and a five-star rating. In addition, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is a five-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, the profession’s highest honor.

In September 2019, St. Joseph’s Health established a strategic and clinical partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive and integrated health networks. Together, the two health systems operate a jointly-owned home health and hospice agency, serving patients and families across Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties. In addition, St. Joseph’s and Hackensack Meridian have collaborated on clinical affiliations in acute rehabilitation (with the HMH JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute) and comprehensive oncology care (with the HMH John Theurer Cancer Center).  For more information, please visit www.stjosephshealth.org

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