Regency Heritage Meets New St. Peter’s Hospital President, Leslie D. Hirsch

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We were proud to recently spend time with the new President of St. Peter’s Hospital and Healthcare system.

Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, has been named president of the healthcare system, effective Aug. 24, following an extensive nationwide search. Hirsch comes to Saint Peter’s after serving as president and CEO of Saint Clare’s Health System in Denville for the past seven years.


“Les Hirsch and I share the same vision and values. We are privileged to have such a transformational leader join our team,” said CEO, Ronald Rak. “Saint Peter’s is a front-runner in New Jersey’s healthcare marketplace. We look forward to his aid in strengthening that position through his wealth of experience, creative ideas, and eagerness to aggressively advance organizational growth. Given his extensive experience in faith-based healthcare, Les is also mindful of the special role played by our Catholic hospitals.”

As president, Hirsch will report to Rak and be responsible for the daily management of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, including but not limited to: organizational and clinical structures; inpatient and outpatient programs; strategic initiatives; financial performance; physician relations and practices, and healthcare facilities.  The separate position of president was created in late 2014 by the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Board of Governors at Rak’s request and the national search followed this year.

“I am very excited to be joining the team at Saint Peter’s,” Hirsch said. “It is my hope to build many relationships within and outside of the organization that help Saint Peter’s forge even stronger bonds with its key constituencies, especially employees, the physician community, fellow healthcare organizations, area and state governmental entities, and the communities we serve. I am honored to be joining such a highly respected and mission-driven organization.”

Hirsch has 16 years of experience as a healthcare CEO.

On behalf of the entire Regency Family, Regency Founder and President, Mr. David Gross, The Regency Alliance On Senior Healthcare and The Regency Heritage Post-acute Rehab and Nursing Center, we wish Mr. Hirsch every success in his new role and we look forward to our continued excellent collaboration and partnership with the St. Peter’s Healthcare System!

Below is a recent photo we took at a function together with several prominent St. Peter’s professionals, including Mr. Hirsch.

Regency Corporate Administrator, Mary Bengio and myself are functioning as the “bookends” in this picture.



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