Senior Vice President of Patient Safety & Safety Management
Jersey City Medical Center RWJBH
Jersey City, N.J.
Brenda Hall has braved the many challenges of the health care continuum, from nursing at the bedside to advocating in the boardroom for cost-efficient, cost-effective, high-quality patient care. Hall now acknowledges a new challenge and dreams of developing affordable, innovative respite venues to better support caregivers and their loved ones. “The one thing we lose sight of is the support that caregivers need,” she says. Hall’s recent experiences with conventional respite care for her 89-year-old mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, affirm her beliefs in the significance of individualized, culturally based care options for patients and caregivers.
Since 2008, Hall has been the senior vice president for Patient Safety, Quality Management and Regulatory Affairs at Jersey City Medical Center, a member of Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health in New Jersey. Her own awards and those earned by the Center under her watch testify to her leadership. “I would like my legacy to be that I was there; that I was fair; that no matter what the situation was, I afforded people the same caring attitude and approach and provided the best possible service I could,” she admits.
Profoundly influenced by her mother and grandmother, who were nursing assistants, and their pride in caring for “their” patients, Hall earned a Registered Nurse diploma from St. Mary Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in community health and a master’s degree in health administration from New Jersey City University. She will defend her dissertation for a doctorate in medical humanities at Drew University in 2018. A mentor with The American College of Healthcare Executives-NJ and one of the leadership chairs of Barnabas Health Women’s Leadership Alliance, Hall still finds time to enjoy her “three Cs: caring, cooking and cruising.” “I try to cruise every year. Wherever ships go I’ll go,” she laughs.