Virtua Executive Tracy Carlino honored by N.J. State Nurses Association
04/12/2018 11:56 AM



The New Jersey State Nurses Association recently honored Tracy Carlino, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Virtua, at its annual Institute for Nursing Scholarship and Awards Gala.

The event “recognize[s] nurses and community members for leadership, excellence in nursing and community impact,” according to the Nurses Association. 

Ms. Carlino received a “Divas & Dons” award for “outstanding professional career accomplishments.” 

“Divas and Dons are New Jersey nurses who have made an extraordinary impact on the profession and the community and are being recognized for their contributions to nursing research, nursing education or administration and outstanding professional career accomplishments,” stated the association.

“Tracy has made huge contributions at Virtua and in our community,” said John Matsinger, DO, Executive Vice President and System Chief Clinical Officer for Virtua. “She is an exemplary nurse and leader who facilitates best nursing practices across our organization, outstanding customer satisfaction, and system-wide teamwork among various professionals. We congratulate Tracy on this well-deserved honor.”

Ms. Carlino expressed her appreciation to the Nurses Association and to Virtua, as well.

“I have always believed in the power of nursing to make great differences in the wellbeing of people and the effectiveness of healthcare organizations,” she said. “I’m grateful for this recognition of my work, and to my Virtua colleagues for their ongoing support.”

Ms. Carlino began her career at Virtua as a staff nurse at Virtua Camden. Prior to her current position, she was Vice President of Patient Care Services for Virtua Marlton and Virtua Voorhees hospitals, and Assistant Vice President for Community Health Services for Virtua. She has management experience in wellness programs, bariatric surgery and Virtua’s weight loss programs. As a certified diabetes educator, she coordinated the first ADA-certified diabetes education program, which still exists.

Ms. Carlino is a two-time recipient of Virtua’s SuperStar award for leadership and her role in creating workflow process at the new Virtua Voorhees Hospital. She participates in many professional groups, including the Organization of Nurse Leaders, where she is  a council member. 

The New Jersey State Nurses Association is an advocate for 110,000 registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, the nursing profession, and the advancement of quality healthcare in the Garden State. Ms. Carlino’s colleague Kathleen Gillespie, Assistant Vice President of Orthopedic Service Line at Virtua, is President-Elect of the association’s Board of Directors.   


About Virtua

As one of New Jersey’s largest, non-profit health systems, Virtua provides comprehensive health care services to achieve its mission to help people be well, get well and stay well. Virtua provides services through Virtua Medical Group with 500 physicians and other clinicians, and at its urgent care centers, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health and wellness centers, fitness centers, home health services, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, and paramedic program. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers nearly 8,000 babies a year. It provides health services to 1,500 businesses, and participates in Virtua Physician Partners, a clinically integrated network of 1,000 physicians and other clinicians. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for pediatrics. It employs over 9,000 and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley many times since 2007. It is the recipient of a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality of care, and its hospitals earned straight A’s in patient safety by The Leapfrog Group and the 2016 Patient Safety Award from Healthgrades. U.S. News and World Report ranked Virtua’s Mount Holly and Voorhees hospitals as High Performing Hospitals and Voorhees as a Best Regional Hospital. Virtua is also the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit or

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