Shore Medical Center President and CEO Ron Johnson welcomed New Jersey State Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean Jr., R-District 21, as the featured speaker at the second event of Shore’s 2012 Executive Leadership Forum held on September 19, 2012, in the 4th Floor Boardroom of the medical center’s state-of-the-art Surgical Pavilion.
Kean first addressed and then took questions from the more than 50 regional business and civic leaders in attendance, including Assemblyman John Amodeo, R-District 2; State Senator Jim Whelan, D-District 2; Freeholder Chairman Frank D. Formica, R-District 2; Egg Harbor Township Mayor Sonny McCullough; Longport Mayor Nicholas Russo; and members of Shore Medical Center’s Board of Trustees.
Kean discussed the recent strides that have been made to improve the quality of life in South Jersey. In his remarks, he touched on areas ranging from greater educational opportunities within the region to the continued development of Atlantic City’s tourism district and the strength of the local healthcare industry, including Shore’s Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion.
Kean touted Governor Chris Christie’s ability to tackle tough statewide problems with creative thinking, including efforts that have enabled the state to implement a 2 percent property tax cap for municipalities and improve charity care funding for hospitals.
“This is such an extraordinary facility,” Kean said. “I think what you are seeing with this facility is what happens when passionate people come together to make a difference for their community’s future. It is a tremendous testament to the people of Atlantic and Cape May counties and the region.
“When we look at charity care, we’re making sure funding is representative of the needs of those being served,” Kean continued. “When I served on the budget committee, we fought very hard to change the formula. While there’s still work to be done, we have made tremendous strides.”
Kean also praised the governor for the attention he has paid to Atlantic City and his efforts to transform the city into a destination resort. Kean cited the recently-completed Revel casino and ongoing efforts to remake the city at a time when there is increased gaming competition throughout the northeast and country.
“Unfinished buildings send a negative signal that is easy to see. The governor saw Revel as an important project to finish and an issue of regional significance,” Kean added, explaining how South Jersey can leverage its casinos, many golf courses and airport to become a more attractive destination for a variety of demographics.
“I’m very excited about the future of Atlantic City and this region,” Kean said. “It takes a bipartisan effort to get things done, and this governor has been unlike any in the last 20 years in his ability to make things happen. People now have faith in the future of the state of New Jersey, more so than they have had in a long time.”
Pictured above: Shore Medical Center President and CEO Ron Johnson, left, welcomed New Jersey State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., R-District 21, center, and Salmon Ventures LTD. Senior Vice President Bob Marshall to the second event of the 2012 Shore Executive Leadership Forum, held on September 19, 2012, in the 4th Floor Boardroom of the medical center’s state-of-the-art Surgical Pavilion. Senator Kean was the featured speaker at the event.