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Lourdes Executive Leadership Team


Reginald Blaber, MD, MBA, FACC

President, Lourdes Health System

Among Dr. Blaber’s achievements is the creation of the Lourdes Cardiovascular Institute where he has lead more than 80 employed and affiliated cardiologists, growing the service to become the largest heart program in southern New Jersey. In addition, he has created a culture of quality and innovation manifested by multiple awards for excellence. These include national recognition for cardiovascular and/or cardiac surgery quality by leading, independent ratings organizations such as Healthgrades, Becker’s and Truven Health Analytics. This also includes a front-page feature in the New York Times highlighting Lourdes’ excellent “door-to-balloon” times for the rapid treatment of heart attack.

Dr. Blaber is a practicing cardiologist who has been affiliated with Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center for over 20 years. There he participated in numerous clinical and administrative committees, including a term as president of the Medical Staff. In 2010, he was named president of Lourdes Medical Associates, and in 2011 president of Lourdes Cardiology Services. In 2016, he was appointed to the New Jersey Cardiovascular Health Advisory Panel. The same year, the Diocese of Camden honored him with the Saint Luke Award for leadership in Catholic healthcare in Southern New Jersey. He has served on the board of The Joseph Fund, the Haddonfield Ambulance Association, the Interfaith Care Givers of Haddonfield as well as the Bucknell University Alumni Association. Dr. Blaber has received numerous “Top Doc” awards from local and regional publications.

Dr. Blaber came to South Jersey by way of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Benning and Fort Meade, serving six years in the U.S. Army as an internist, achieving the rank of major. He received his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine, where he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease. His graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in Chemistry. He earned a MBA from Villanova University.

Maria Lariccia Brennan, DNP, RN, CPHQ

Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services for Lourdes Health System 

Ms. Brennan drives the nursing strategy for the organization and oversees daily nursing operations.   She is responsible for ensuring consistent standards of care across all three hospital sites and implementing innovative clinical practices. Ms. Brennan directs the education and research initiatives for the system and oversees the schools of nursing.  She is one of the lead executives responsible for patient experience, staff engagement, quality and performance improvement.   She is a member of the American Organization of Nursing Executives (ONE) and the President of the Organization of Nurse Executives of New Jersey.

Steven Fox, MD

President of Lourdes Medical Associates and Chief Medical Executive, LHS Health Network

Dr. Fox oversees the employed physician practices of more than 160 physicians at Lourdes Health System. He is responsible for developing and implementing practice strategy, leading physician recruitment, engagement and overseeing operations. He is the chief clinician for the LHS Health Network accountable care organization, which includes 160 independent and employed primary care physicians.   In this role, he oversees all clinical initiatives, drives physician engagement and ensures alignment with clinical goals and strategy.   He is also a practicing general cardiologist. Dr. Fox is a board member of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.


Russell Hansel

Interim Vice President, Mission for Lourdes Health System and St. Francis Medical Center

Mr. Hansel provides oversight for the awareness and integration of mission and values in the organization. He assists in the development of policies and procedures that further the commitment to the poor and vulnerable. He oversees the Community Benefit and Social Accountability reporting. Mr. Hansel directs the spiritual care team at all three hospitals, directs grant staff and is responsible for the volunteer function at St. Francis Medical Center.

Maureen Hetu

Maureen Hetu

Regional Chief Information Officer for Lourdes Health System

Ms. Hetu is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s telecommunications and information technology and systems in the hospitals, outpatient sites and physician practices. She provides leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives. Ms. Hetu directs the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems in support of business operations.

Barbara A. Holfelner, RN, MSN

Barbara A. Holfelner, RN, MSN

Vice President, Internal Audit, Corporate Ethics and Privacy for Lourdes Health System

Ms.   Holfelner oversees all aspects of the Corporate Ethics and Internal Audit Program for Lourdes Health System. The program ensures that the regulatory, ethical, clinical and Code of Conduct Standards are upheld.   Ms. Holfelner is also the administrative liaison with the Osborn Family Health Center and is responsible for the neuroscience service line. Ms. Holfelner is a member of the Samaritan Hospice Quality Committee and a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives Advisory Board and Osborn Family Center Board of Directors.

Mark Nessel

Mark Nessel

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lourdes Health System

Mr. Nessel oversees operations for Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of both hospital facilities and implementing the health system’s strategy. He provides leadership oversight for the development of high-quality and cost-effective services. He has direct administrative oversight for Nursing, Mental Health Services, Surgical Services, Plant Operations, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Food Services, Security, Information Systems, Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation and Imaging.   Mr. Nessel is responsible for enforcing procedures to ensure patient and physician satisfaction as well as high employee morale. He is on the board of directors of Catholic Health Services of the Diocese of Philadelphia.


Alan Pope, MD, FACP, FCCP

Vice President of Medical Affairs and  Chief Medical Officer, Lourdes Health System

Dr. Pope has oversight of clinical programs, medical education, research, performance improvement, bundled care payment programs, case management functions and the transplant service line. He is responsible for the development and implementation of medical staff strategic planning and oversight. Dr. Pope is a practicing pulmonologist and intensivist. His membership in professional societies has included leadership roles in the regional medical society.

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