(Newark, NJ – July 07, 2016) -- Liberty Science Center announced this week that Dr. Minal Patel, M.D, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) has been elected to the Center’s Board of Trustees. Liberty Science Center is led by a veritable “Who’s Who” of area and national business leaders and philanthropists.“I have a long history with Hudson County and deep roots in Jersey City,” said Patel, a newly named Managing Trustee. “I am thrilled to a part of the Liberty Science Center team. The Center is a shining example of education and innovation and I’m proud to come aboard at a time when the Center’s popularity is growing as quickly as its attendance.”
Dr. Patel moved to Hoboken in 1978 from the United Kingdom. From 1980 until 2000, Dr. Patel called the Heights of Jersey City his home where. In 2000, he moved to Weehawken where he lives today. Dr. Patel is an active member of the community serving on another non-profit board (The Hudson School) based in Hoboken.
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Patel to Liberty Science Center’s Board of Trustees as we work together to take the Center to even greater heights,” said Paul Hoffman, President and CEO of Liberty Science Center. “This is an exciting time for the Science Center. Our annual attendance has grown 200,000 in four years and attendance revenue has nearly doubled. We are building the largest and best planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. We are turning 16 acres of Jersey City land into a world-class hub for innovation, education, and technology job creation.”
In his role at Horizon BCBSNJ, Dr. Patel oversees strategy integration throughout the Enterprise, business development, informatics and analytics, and a unit that serves as the liaison to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Dr. Patel is a graduate of Boston University’s six-year medical program, having received both his Bachelor's degree in Medical Sciences and his Doctorate in Medicine in 1995. Dr. Patel completed his medical residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the medical staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1998. Dr. Patel completed his Masters in Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health in 2000.
About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.
About Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center (LSC.org) is a 300,000-square-foot not-for-profit learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the world’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, a tornado-force wind simulator, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. More than 250,000 students visit the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center’s offsite and online programs. LSC is the most visited cultural institution in New Jersey with more than 650,000 visitors annually and the largest interactive science center in the NYC-NJ metropolitan area.