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NEWARK, NJ — University Hospital today announced the appointment of Astara Crews as its new Chief Compliance Officer. Astara will assume a crucial role in the hospital’s executive leadership team, overseeing compliance initiatives and contributing to the institution’s commitment to providing high-quality healthcare to the Newark community, the county, and the state. Astara’s position is effective January 8th, 2024.

“Astara is a welcome addition to University Hospital’s executive leadership group.” Said Ed Jimenez, President and Chief Executive Officer of University Hospital. “I am confident that her experience in healthcare compliance and strong regional knowledge will ensure a seamless transition. Astara will play a vital role in advancing several key initiatives as we continue to invest in the well-being of our patients and community.”

Astara joins University Hospital from Essen Health Care in the Bronx, NY, where she most recently served as the Chief Compliance Officer. Essen Health Care is a prominent practice with 50 locations and over 300 providers, dedicated to offering care for the under-served.

With a wealth of experience, Astara has previously held significant compliance roles. Prior to joining Essen, she served as the Senior Compliance Officer for Nuvance Health, a healthcare system based in CT and the Hudson Valley. Additionally, Astara spent six years as the Director of Regulatory Affairs, Compliance, and Privacy at ENT and Allergy Associates in Tarrytown, NY, a practice with over 300 providers and 40 locations.

With over 15 years of expertise in leading compliance teams, Astara demonstrates a strong commitment to maintaining the highest ethical and regulatory standards in healthcare. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry, as well as a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law and Enterprise Risk Management.

Astara expressed, “I am honored to join the exceptional team at University Hospital. Together, we will uphold the highest standards of compliance, ensuring the delivery of quality healthcare to our community for years to come.”


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About University Hospital

University Hospital is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers and is the only New Jersey certified Level 1 Trauma Center for Northern New Jersey. University Hospital is the principal teaching affiliate of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Together Rutgers and UH focus on taking exceptional care of patients, training the next generation, and advancing science to discovery. The hospital is located in University Heights along with the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Center which includes Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers New Jersey Dental School, and Rutgers School of Nursing. For more information about University Hospital, please visit www.uhnj.org

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