The University of Pennsylvania Health System has named James Demetriades CEO of Penn Medicine Princeton Health. He will begin his new role on March 1.
Demetriades has been with Penn Medicine Princeton Health for 17 years, and currently serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer.
He has been a key player in some of Princeton Health’s most important milestones over the past several years — a transformative time that included joining the University of Pennsylvania Health System, according to a statement provided by Penn Medicine Princeton Healthy.
Demetriades succeeds Barry Rabner, who has served as president and CEO since 2002.
“James is a proven leader who we are excited to elevate into a role in which he will help chart and execute Penn Medicine Princeton Health’s journey forward as an institution that sets the highest standards in care for patients and the community in New Jersey,” University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO Kevin B. Mahoney said in the statement.
Demetriades led the overall system planning and execution process to become part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, collaborating with other senior leaders to execute the Medical Staff Development Plan and serving as the management liaison to the Princeton Health Board of Trustees’ Strategic Planning Committee that developed a five-year strategic plan for 2020-25, according to the statement.
In addition to his ongoing responsibilities for clinical departments and ancillary and support services, he also provides leadership for emergency management at Princeton Health, including the comprehensive work done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The knowledge and experience James brings to this role will be invaluable as he leads the organization toward even greater achievements in clinical outcomes, quality, patient and employee engagement, medical staff alignment and community relations,” Anthony Kuczinski, chair of the Princeton Health Board, said in the statement. “We are excited about the combination of James’ strategic thinking and the passion he has for the organization, our patients and community we serve.”
Previously, Demetriades also served as vice president for Professional Services, and has had operational responsibility for Surgical Services, Laboratory Services, Radiology/Imaging, Cancer Program and many other clinical and non-clinical areas.
He has also held roles at organizations including the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania, and HealthSouth Corporation in North Brunswick.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve Penn Medicine Princeton Health as the CEO. I have spent 17 years here because I believe it is an outstanding organization and I hope to provide the kind of strategic leadership that will continue to propel us forward,” Demetriades said in the statement. “I am grateful to have a team of very knowledgeable and caring colleagues, the guidance of a highly committed board and the strength of the entire Penn Medicine system supporting our work.”
Demetriades earned his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton and holds a Master’s of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from the Temple University Fox School of Business in Philadelphia. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Reserve Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Navy.