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New Board of Directors, President and Executive Director Bring Broad Base of Experience to NJAASC

July 23, 2015 (Parsippany, NJ) – The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) has announced that it has elected seven new members to the board of directors. The new directors were elected to the board by NJAASC’s current membership on June 17, 2015, at its quarterly meeting at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. The new board members, who join four existing board members and will serve a two-year term, are:

  • Sharon Gelardi, The Gastro-Surgi Center of New Jersey. Gelardi will serve as NJAASC’s secretary.
  • Michael Graziano, Clifton Surgery Center, Inc. Graziano will serve as NJAASC’s treasurer.
  • Linda Wadnik Kollar, Surgi Care of Central New Jersey
  • Jeffrey Shanton, Journal Square Surgical Center, LLC
  • Meg Stagliano, Seashore Surgical Institute, LLC
  • Joan Cassidy, Premier Health Associates Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Sharon DeMato, Endo Surgi Center of Union

In addition, NJAASC has announced two additional executive appointments:

Andrew S. Weiss, CASC, has been elected president of NJAASC and will serve a one-year term.  Weiss, who currently serves as administrator of The Endo Center at Voorhees, has more than 14 years of experience in center development, implementation and management.  He has previously served as NJAASC’s treasurer since 2011. Active in the national Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, (ASCA), Weiss also serves on the board of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association PAC and the Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification.

He earned a B.A. from Temple University and holds the CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) credential from the Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification.  Weiss resides in Marlton, New Jersey.

Joan Balducci, RN, BS, has joined NJAASC as executive director and will direct the association’s membership, marketing and operations.  She has extensive experience in healthcare administration including nursing management, occupational health programming, practice management, customer relations, network development, as well as public relations and fund raising expertise. Active in the ASC industry since 2003, Balducci formed her own development and management company in 2005 and has served on the board of directors for NJAASC since 2010.

According to outgoing NJAASC President Larry Trenk, “The members of our new board, Andrew and Joan represent an excellent cross section of our industry and comprise a deep bench of industry experience and knowledge to our organization. This is a critical time for our industry as ASCs now play an even bigger role in our state’s healthcare delivery platform.  At the same time, we face an increasingly regulated environment that is also characterized by growing business demands.  But, with these changes, there is also tremendous opportunity, and we look forward to their contributions and leadership.”

The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) is an incorporated, non-profit organization which was founded in 1992 by owners of ambulatory surgery centers. Its mission is to promote and advance the efforts of New Jersey’s ambulatory surgery centers in the delivery of optimum patient care in a cost effective manner. It offers information, educational and networking opportunities for everyone associated with the ASC industry; provides advocacy on issues affecting its members; monitors state and federal legislation, and interacts with the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) on state and federal issues. For more information, visit

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