Kennedy Health President & CEO Joseph W. Devine, FACHE, was awarded the prestigious Signum Fidei Medal from La Salle University’s Alumni Association at its annual Alumni Awards Dinner, held in Philadelphia on November 18th.
Presented annually since 1942 to individuals or groups for upholding the humanitarian principles, goals and mission of La Salle University and the Christian Brothers, the Signum Fidei Medal derives its name from the motto of the Brothers of the Christian Schools – “Sign of Faith.” Previous winners include Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver; Saint Gabriel’s System, a Philadelphia-based program that provides treatment services for troubled youth; and H. Edward Hanway, Chairman of Faith in the Future, a King of Prussia, PA-based organization that aims to make Catholic education affordable.
Devine’s anonymous nominator said the dynamic health care executive “espouses humanitarian goals every day in his management style and accomplishments at Kennedy Health,” adding that “every day he strives to help and aid as many people as he and Kennedy Health possibly can.”
Nominations for the Signum Fidei Medal are gathered through alumni publications, faculty, staff, and Christian Brothers each spring; the recipient is chosen by the La Salle University Alumni Board of Directors. Devine was one of several nominees considered for the award this year.
Since taking the helm of South Jersey-based Kennedy Health in 2013, Devine has brought new energy and ideas to the forefront, leading the multi-hospital organization – which earlier this year announced plans to merge with Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health – to higher levels of acclaim and clinical excellence than ever before.
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Devine has led the organization to focus on several key priorities, all aimed at elevating Kennedy’s clinical outcomes, patient and associate satisfaction levels and its engagement in meaningful work in the communities it serves. He has also spearheaded an extensive management training program, conducted in conjunction with St. Joseph’s University, which focuses on the concept of “servant leadership,” a philosophy Devine personally believes in and lives, both on and off the job.
A Philadelphia native and a 1979 graduate of La Salle, where he earned a B.A. in Accounting and Organizational Management, Devine received his MBA from St. Joseph’s University in 1985. Board Member & Treasurer of the New Jersey Hospital Association, he is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, its highest level of recognition. Devine and his wife, Dina, also a 1979 LaSalle graduate, reside in Washington Township, NJ, and are the parents of two married daughters.
About Kennedy Health: Kennedy is a health services delivery system serving southern New Jersey. Kennedy meets the community’s healthcare needs at its hospital campuses in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, and at outpatient facilities and medical practices throughout Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington counties. Kennedy has more than 4,700 associates and over 900 Medical Staff members. Kennedy is a three-time “Top Workplaces” winner via Philly.com. Kennedy University Hospital – which received “A” grades in the most recent Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score (Spring 2016) – is the primary teaching hospital of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). Kennedy is also a member of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network (JNN) and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson. For more information, visit www.kennedyhealth.org