Profile: Bob Wise

Mr. Wise has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hunterdon Medical Center since 1990.  He also serves as President of Hunterdon Healthcare System, Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, Hunterdon Regional Community Health and Midjersey Health Corporation. 

Mr. Wise received his undergraduate degree from Boston College (1969) and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh (1974).  Prior to coming to the Medical Center, he held administrative positions at Rancocas Hospital (Executive Director), Albert Einstein Medical Center (Vice President) and Kennedy Memorial Hospital (Administrator).

Mr. Wise serves on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Hospital Association and is a past chairman of that organization.  He serves as a director on the board of NJHA HealthPAC, serves as a member of the NJHA Chairman’s Advisory Committee on Industry Direction, the NJHA Committee on Nominations and the NJHA Provider Fee Task Force.  Mr. Wise is the recipient of the NJHA 2014 Distinguished Service Award.   He is a former director of the Center for Health Affairs and the Health Research and Education Trust.  He serves on the Board of Directors of VHA Mid-Atlantic, and served as Chairman of VHA, East Coast.  He was Co-Chairman of the New Jersey Joint Teaching Hospital Forum, Chairman of the NJHA Policy Development Committee and was Chairman of the NJHA Task Force on Charity Care.  Mr. Wise was a Delegate to the American Hospital Association and a member of the American Public Health Association.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is the 2005 recipient of the ACHE Senior Career Leadership Award and a speaker at their national conference.  In 2006, he received the Edward J. Ill Outstanding Medical Executive Award by MD Advantage.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the NJ Chamber of Commerce, is a Leadership Council Member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation NJ Nursing Initiative, serves on the Board of Trustees of the NJSNA Institute for Nursing, a member of the NJ Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education, and serves on the Board of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals and on the Board of the New Jersey Action Coalition. Mr. Wise serves on the Advisory Board of Community Hospital 100 and is a member of the Women’s Choice Award Healthcare Advisory Board.  He serves as Chairman on NJ’s State Employment and Training Commission’s Health Care Workforce Council and has been appointed by Governor Chris Christie to serve as a member of the State Employment and Training Commission.  He also serves as a member of the State Employment and Employability Skills Task Force. 

Locally, Mr. Wise currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of Raritan Valley Community College and was Board Chairman of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce.  He served as a Board Director of the Rotary Club of Flemington, and was a former Director of United Way of Hunterdon County.  Mr. Wise received the Hunterdon County Business Leader of the Year Award in 2000 and the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 2001.  He received the Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award in 2010.  Mr. Wise is a founding director of the Hunterdon County Partnership for Health.  He serves on the School Advisory Committee for Immaculate Conception Church and serves as a Lector at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.