New Jersey’s Top Humanitarians Honored At Annual Dinner

Amy Mansue, president & CEO pops into a physical therapy session with Children’s Specialized Hospital patient Christian Panarese.

STATE—Amy Mansue, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital is among three of New Jersey citizens who have been recognized for their humanitarian accomplishments by the American Conference on Diversity at is annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Pleasentdale Chateau in West Orange on March 24.

In addition to Mansue, the honorees were Dennis M. Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey Inc. and Jerry Izenberg, columnist emeritus of The Star-Ledger.


Mansue was honored for her commitment to social services and healthcare as a skillful leader and a long-time advocate in her field working to improve the quality of life in New Jersey, not only in healthcare but in her public policy career as well. Her long term efforts in support of improved education, health and quality of life social issues have made her an exceptional leader and innovator.

She has been widely recognized by organizations for her work to improve the lives of people with disabilities and has developed her career to bring business, educational and community life together through skilled and dedicated management and leadership. Her passion for positive outcomes, respect for the individual and a keen sense of what is needed to make our state a better place for all residents brings credit to her work and her leadership.

Appointed to lead the nation’s largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in September 2003, Mansue is a highly regarded social services and healthcare executive, a skillful leader and a long-time advocate for quality healthcare.

As president and chief executive officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mansue provides leadership to a extremely skilled team of clinicians providing specialized care for children. An affiliate member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, Children’s Specialized operates eight sites throughout New Jersey and served 17,350 patients in 2009. The hospital provides a full range of pediatric rehabilitative services including the PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital providing inpatient rehabilitation in New Brunswick, and long term care services in their Mountainside and Toms Rivers facilities.

They also offer a wide range of services including early intervention, outpatient therapy and physician services, medical day care, and have centers of excellence in Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Dysfunction, Educational and Rehabilitation Technology, Respiratory Care and Ambulatory Services. Under Mansue’s leadership, Children’s Specialized was named by NJ Biz as one of the “Top 25 Places to Work” from 2006 to 2009 including the number one ranking in 2008, and ranked in the top 100 Best Healthcare Employers in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare.

In her public sector career, Mansue oversaw programs for children, people with developmental disabilities, mental health and Medicaid as a Deputy Commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor James McGreevey and a policy advisor to Governor Jim Florio.

In 1998, Modern Healthcare named Mansue as one of its up and coming healthcare executives and NJ Biz named her as one of the top 40 executives under the age 40. Among Mansue’s many achievements, she has been honored by numerous non-profit organizations for her work on health care reform and for helping to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Mansue presently serves on the Boards of the New Jersey Hospital Association, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals’ Public Policy Council. She has been widely recognized by organizations for her work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Mansue received her bachelor’s degree in social welfare and master’s degree in social work, planning and management from the University of Alabama. She lives in Hightstown, New Jersey.

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