Deborah appoints Medford man as community and government relations officer

Joseph P. Chirichella, President and CEO of Deborah Heart and Lung Center, has announced the appointment of James C. Wallace of Medford, as new Community and Government Relations Officer.

“We are fortunate to have a person of Jim’s caliber join the Deborah team,” said Chirichella. “He brings a great wealth of knowledge, experience, and political savvy with him, learned through years of working within the state and the healthcare system. This expertise will be vital to Deborah’s future, as we navigate the changing future of healthcare reform, state budget realignment and shifting fiscal priorities, and the growing need for the specialized, high-quality care we provide as New Jersey’s baby boomer population begins to age.”

Wallace has over 30 years combined experience in the healthcare, university, public, and business sectors specializing in government relations, finance, operations, planning and development.

For the last eighteen years, he served as Vice President for Government Affairs with Catholic Health East New Jersey.

Prior to that, he was a Vice President for Operations for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Wallace has also served as Assistant Chancellor for Finance in the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, as Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO at Antioch University, and Assistant Vice President at Mercantile Bank and Trust Company.

He served with the U.S. Air Force as a Sergeant from 1963 to 1967 and was awarded the Bronze Star for service in South Vietnam in during 1965–1966.

A 1970 graduate of Towson State University with a BA in Business Administration and Economics, Wallace received his MBA in International Business from George Washington University, and completed all but his dissertation for a DBA in finance, international business, organization and management, and managerial economics at George Washington University.

Wallace attended the Strategic Thinking Program at the Wharton School, was conferred Doctoris Litterarum Humanarum by Stockton State College, was a Member of the Leadership New Jersey Class of 1988 and was named a Scottish Rite Fellow by George Washington University.

He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Project HOPE Board of Trustees, the American Cancer Society Board of Advisors, the Greater Camden Partnership Board of Directors, the Southern New Jersey Development Council Board of Directors, numerous committees of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey and the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, the Burlington County MIA-POW Committee, and the Camden Mayor’s Transition Team.