PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – Jozef Beckley, Pharm.D., Pharmacy Manager at St. Luke’s Warren Campus located in Phillipsburg recently completed a leadership program offered by the New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy (NJHELA).
Dr. Beckley was one of 18 participants selected to take part in the 2020 NJHELA class. He earned a certificate of completion in Advanced Health Care Leadership from the program’s academic partner Seton Hall University by program partners Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP) and New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) at a virtual closing session held Thursday, December 17, 2020.
In its fourth year, the goal of NJHELA is to build collaborative leadership skills among physicians and executives from both hospitals and health insurance companies. NJHELA is a cooperative undertaking among MSNJ, NJAHP, and NJHA, in coordination with academic partner Seton Hall University with grant funding provided by The Physicians Foundation and the Institute of Medicine & Public Health of NJ. Faculty from Seton Hall’s School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) developed the curriculum and presented alongside esteemed guest faculty for each session.
This year’s NJHELA program focused once more on the opioid crisis in the state of New Jersey, highlighting different aspects of this important issue and providing solutions on how to best combat this crisis. The collaborative foundation of this program showcases how the three industries – physicians, hospitals and health insurance – can work cooperatively together to both address and improve this statewide health care issue.
Dr. Beckley has been in the role of Pharmacy Manager at St. Luke’s Warren Campus for the past 5 years. He began his career as a pharmacy practice resident at St. Luke’s University Hospital, Bethlehem, PA and will be celebrating ten years with St. Luke’s in 2021. He was nominated for selection to NJHELA by mentor Scott R. Wolfe, President of St. Luke’s Warren Campus.
Dr. Beckley gained a greater understanding of the challenges of an opioid epidemic that, halfway through the NJHELA program, became exacerbated by the global Covid-19 pandemic. He states, “both crises share similar, deeply systemic and multi-faceted components requiring the communication and collaboration of diverse interdisciplinary teams. Solutions to these kinds of problems call for greater unity and clarity of vision in coordinating services to address the full spectrum of needs.”
Plans for NJHELA’s next cohort are currently in the works. For more information about NJHELA and this year’s graduating class, click here.