Matheny Executive Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

March 9, 2021, Peapack, NJ — Vincent Barba, MD, FACHE, Vice President of Patient Care & Safety and Chief Medical Officer of Matheny Medical and Educational Center, recently earned Board Certification in Healthcare Management and was named Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Dr. Barba joined Matheny in 2015 and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He leads all clinical services for Matheny including the Special Hospital and Outpatient Center for Medicine and Dentistry. He also holds an academic appointment at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine.

“The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” says Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and CEO of ACHE. Ms. Bowen continued, “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.”

According to the ACHE, Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 8,866 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education hours, demonstrating professional/community involvement and passing a comprehensive examination. Fellows also are committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. The ACHE is an international professional society of more than 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE’s mission is to advance our members and healthcare management excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management.

Dr. Kendell Sprott, President and CEO of Matheny said, “I congratulate Dr. Barba for this significant accomplishment. I’ve worked with Dr. Barba for many years and he is an excellent physician and an exemplary leader. Matheny is lucky to have him as part of the Matheny family.”


About Matheny – Matheny’s mission is to provide exceptional care and an optimal quality of life for children and adults with special needs and medically complex developmental disabilities. Matheny is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and is headquartered in Somerset County.  It was founded in 1946 after Walter and Marguerite Matheny’s son, Chuck, was born with cerebral palsy (CP) into a world ill-equipped to care for children with special needs. Matheny patients have a diverse range of medical conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND) and a wide range of rare diseases. Matheny is comprised of a fully accredited special hospital, five community group homes, an adult day center, a non-profit private special school, and outpatient clinics serving the community. To learn more about Matheny, visit us at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram: @mathenymedical.