CEO David Tilton: Making AtlantiCare a National Leader in Quality

David P. Tilton has served as president and CEO of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.-based AtlantiCare since March 2007, but he has been part of the system much longer — he joined AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center as administrator of the hospital's Mainland campus in 1987.

Mr. Tilton has also previously served as CEO of ARMC. During his time with ARMC, Mr. Tilton was instrumental in expanding the facility from a two-campus hospital to becoming part of the regional health system, AtlantiCare. He has also led quality improvement initiatives and the charge to have ARMC become a designated nurse Magnet hospital, among many other achievements.

AtlantiCare, with Mr. Tilton at the helm, was a recipient of the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. "This recognition is extremely meaningful for AtlantiCare because it affirms our 22-year quest for excellence, involving the extraordinary vision, commitment and hard work of our trustees, our leadership team, our staff, our physicians and our community," Mr. Tilton wrote in an online letter about the award.

Additionally, Mr. Tilton helped develop an accountable care organization at AtlantiCare, AtlantiCare Health Solutions, in 2011. The ACO has contracts with private payers and became a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO in 2013.

In recognition of the strides AtlantiCare has taken under his leadership, Mr. Tilton was named to this publication's 2013 list of "130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know."

Mr. Tilton earned an MBA from Rutgers University in Camden, N.J.

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