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Simon J. Samaha, M.D., Appointed Public Member of New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority

Simon J. Samaha, M.D., was appointed as one of two new public members of the board of the NJHCFFA.

(Vocus) January 18, 2010 --Simon J. Samaha, M.D., recently was confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate as one of two new public members of the board of the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority (The Authority).

Dr. Samaha is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Medical Group, New Jersey’s largest independently-operated, multispecialty medical practice. Dr. Samaha has extensive experience in strategic and fiscal planning, operations, business development, and information systems. Prior to joining Summit, Dr. Samaha spent a large part of his professional career in various roles of successive responsibility at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, culminating with the roles of Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, in which he oversaw the 375-member University Physicians Practice. His tenure at Cooper includes his designation as Acting Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer/Vice President of Information Technology. Dr. Samaha continues his interest in this expertise as a member of the New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission. Dr. Samaha earned his M.B.A. at New York University Stern School of Business, New York, N.Y., his M.S. in Information Systems at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., and his M.D. at Saint Joseph University in Lebanon. He is board certified in internal medicine and practiced in internal medicine until 2004. He resides in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

The Authority is the primary issuer of municipal bonds for New Jersey's health care organizations. Created in 1972 by an act of the Legislature to provide not-for-profit health care providers with access to low-cost capital, the Authority's statutory powers were expanded in 1998 to include financing for all health care organizations or components thereof. Since its inception, the Authority has issued over $16 billion in bonds on behalf of over 150 health care organizations throughout the state. For more information, visit

Summit Medical Group pioneered information technology advances in healthcare with its early adoption of electronic health records and e-prescribing. With over 140 highly qualified physicians, it is one of the most unique healthcare models in the state. The Group has been named as one of the "Fifty Fastest Growing Companies" in the state by NJBiz Magazine and has a national award-winning customer service program. SMG treats over 55,000 patients per month at its main campus in Berkeley Heights, and area satellites in Berkeley Heights, Morristown, Shorts Hills, Summit, Warren, and Westfield. Summit Medical Group plays a major role in the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) along with the Mayo Clinic, the Lahey Clinic and the Geisinger Clinic. As one of the premier multi-specialty groups on the East Coast, Summit Medical Group has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more information, visit

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