Barry Brown, longtime South Jersey hospital exec, dies at 83

Barry Brown, the man largely responsible for growing Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua health system into what it is today, died Tuesday at the age of 83, reports Philly.com.

Here are four things to know about Mr. Brown.

1. Mr. Brown became CEO of West Jersey Health System in 1973. In 1998, the health system merged with Memorial Health Alliance to become Virtua.

2. Richard Miller, the current president and CEO of Virtua, worked with Mr. Brown for 10 years and attributes much of the health system's growth and success to him, according to the report.

"Barry was a great visionary and strategic thinker. He was well ahead of his time in bringing systems together," Mr. Miller said.

3. Mr. Brown went to school at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and served in the Army Medical Service Corps as a first lieutenant from 1956 to 1958, according to his wife, Barbara. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Ithica, N.Y.-based Cornell University in 1961.

4. From 1961 to 1966, Mr. Brown served as an assistant administrator at the Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, now Virtua Memorial Hospital, in Mount Holly, N.J. He filled several other administrative roles in the health system before taking over as CEO in 1973.

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