New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), 760 Alexander Road, Box 1, Princeton 08543. 609-275-4000. Elizabeth Ryan, president & CEO. www.njha.com.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ryan is stepping down as CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association, a trade association for hospitals. She was the first woman to lead the organization and has held the CEO post for nine years.

“My tenure has coincided with one of the most transformative times in healthcare history,” Ryan said in a prepared statement. “It’s not easy to step down from a meaningful, fulfilling job, but I do so knowing that I’ve accomplished what I wanted in my career at NJHA. Change is good, and it’s the right time for me and my family.”

Before becoming CEO in 2008, Ryan was general counsel and chief operating officer. She worked for the NJHA for 16 years, also managing its affiliates, the nonprofit Health Research and Educational Trust and the for-profit NJHA Healthcare Business Solutions, which provides group purchasing and other services to healthcare providers.

Ryan’s resignation will be effective in July, and the group will look for a replacement in the meantime.

Said board chair Les Hirsch: “It is a deceptively difficult job to represent the collective interests of NJHA’s diverse membership, but Betsy has done it with integrity, a steady hand, a very firm grasp on complex policy issues, and an unyielding focus on doing what’s right for our patients and communities.”

Ryan started her career practicing law in Mount Holly and served as assistant counsel under former Gov. Jim Florio and chief of staff of the state Department of Health. She served on the transition teams for Gov. Jon Corzine and Gov. Jim McGreevey. She also served as a member of the Florence Township Council.

United Way of Greater Mercer County, 3150 Brunswick Pike, Suite 230, Lawrence­ville 08648. 609-896-1912. Sandra Toussaint-Burgher, interim president/CEO. www.uwgmc.org.

United Way of Greater Mercer County has named Sandra Toussaint-Burgher interim president and CEO, replacing Herbert Klein III, who is stepping down after six years on the job.

Toussaint-Burgher was previously VP of resource development for two years at the organization, where she served as lead strategist for cultivating revenue streams. Toussaint-Burgher said she was excited for the future of United Way in Mercer County. “A tremendous foundation has been laid for growth in the areas of education, income, and health, and it is an exciting time to be a part of United Way,” she said in a statement.

Prior to joining UWGMC, she was director of development for an educational nonprofit in New York, Youth Communication Inc. Toussaint-Burgher has held a number of senior positions at local and national organizations including Special Olympics and Twenty-First Century Foundation.

UWGMC will conduct a search process for a permanent CEO.

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