In the sixteen years since he joined the Atlantic Health System, Kevin Lenahan ’90 has made it his life’s work to bring affordable healthcare to the communities the system serves.
“We spend a lot of time developing a healing culture in the system that enhances the patient’s visit and the employee’s work experience,” he says. “We’ve developed an initiative called P.R.I.D.E. which stands for professionalism, respect, involvement, dignity, and excellence, and are working to try to improve on all those things.”
Lenahan serves as vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Atlantic Health System, which was recently named one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the fourth year in a row. The designation supports the system’s initiative to create a better work environment for the approximately eleven thousand employees who work in its four hospitals: Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, and the Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
“Everyone is an equally important part of the puzzle,” he states. “We have a passion to be the best, to treat everyone as a family member, to not rest on our laurels and to constantly improve.”
Lenahan has earned his success. He attributes at least some of it to his schooling at William Paterson. “I received a great education at William Paterson,” he says. “I had a strong background in finance, auditing, and accounting, but I was also exposed to other disciplines including theater, art, and history.”
While he was still in school, he had an internship that also helped him. “William Paterson opened doors for me by helping me get an internship at American Cyanamid,” Lenahan says. “I worked there in my junior and senior year. I learned a lot about finance when I was working there.”
After earning a degree in accounting from William Paterson, he was hired by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey to do Medicare audits. From there, he moved on to Coopers and Lybrand, a national accounting firm, working primarily with healthcare clients. In 1996, just six years out of school and by now a certified CPA, he joined the newly formed Atlantic Health System to consolidate the corporate merger between Mountainside Hospital and Overlook Hospital.
Today, Lenahan is also president of Atlantic Health System Insurance, LTD, which provides health coverage for the system’s employees. More than five hundred employees report directly to him.
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