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Dianne Aroh to be Honored as a Diva and Don Award Recipient

August 24, 2012 10:11 AM
Dianne Aroh, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Executive Vice President, Chief Nursing and Patient Care Officer at HackensackUMC


HackensackUMC is proud to announce that Dianne A.M. Aroh, RN, MS, NEA-BC, executive vice president, chief nursing and patient care officer of HackensackUMC, has been selected to receive a 2012 Diva and Don Award from the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) and the Institute for Nursing. This event will be held on Wednesday, October 24, at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.

“HackensackUMC is so fortunate to have someone of Dianne’s stature as one of our leaders,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “Her dedication to clinical excellence, patient-centered care and a collaborative working environment have earned her top recognition - within the medical center and beyond.”

The Diva and Don Awardscelebrate professional registered nurses who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and been a positive influence on others. They honor extraordinary nurses who have conceived, developed, and/or implemented projects with positive and tangible results.

As executive vice president and chief nursing and patient care officer, Aroh is accountable for partnering with other senior executives in developing and implementing the strategic plan of HackensackUMC. She is responsible for the oversight of the nursing scope of practice, and professional standards and care delivery systems, as they directly relate to patient satisfaction and quality outcomes.

Aroh’s achievements at HackensackUMC have been numerous. The establishment of “Town Hall Forums” provides meaningful, timely communication between executive leaders and staff.  Under her guidance, the Department of Patient Care developed a “Blueprint for Nursing Leadership,” emphasizing distributed responsibility andskill development, and the Management Mentorship Program was launched. As the executive sponsor for this mentoring program, one-to-one mentoring by matching protégés with mentors was established. She is also a champion for the empowerment of staff nurses in the decision-making process. To assure the voices of the staff nurses were included in decisions, the shared decision-making structure and bylaws were revised. Staff nurses now are voting members of the nurse executive council. This is the first time staff nurse participation at the organization’s strategic deployment session occurred.

Aroh is a member of numerous professional associations, including: Health Management Academy for Chief Nurse Executives; American Organization of Nurse Executives; and New Jersey Organization of Nurse Executives. She also serves as an advisory board member for: The New York Times; Fairleigh Dickinson University; Felician College; and the Caribbean American Nurses Association.

Her expertise and community involvement has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including: the 2011 Recipient of the Tribute to Women In Industry Award; 2011 Recipient, Community Services Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Bergen County Branch; 2009 Recipient of the Health Care Professional Image of Nursing in Leadership Award; and the 2009 Recipient of the Concerned Black Nurses of Newark Inc., Administrative Award.


About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a non-profit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and home to the only Level II Trauma Center in the county. This 775-bed facility has gone beyond traditional thinking by creating an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. As a result of using science and creativity to push medicine further, HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology;and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The medical center has also been named one of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® and one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades®. It is listed among the Leapfrog Top Hospitals List, received 17 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission, and is listed as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. It was first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. The medical center is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals, visit:   



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