Fred Hipp, Jr., is the senior vice president of government relations at Virtua. He is responsible for supporting Virtua’s strategic initiatives through public policy, and legislative and regulatory initiatives at the federal, state, county and local levels.
Prior to joining Virtua, Hipp served as assistant vice president of government relations at Solaris Health System in Edison, NJ. Before Solaris, he held several management positions at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, NJ, and at the New Jersey Hospital Association and Center for Health Affairs in Princeton, NJ. Hipp has also held leadership positions in public relations, planning, marketing and community relations, as well as quality improvement, customer service and community health improvement initiatives.
He is a member of the New Jersey Hospital Association and its Policy Development and Government Relations Committees, the American Hospital Association and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. He is chair of the Healthcare Group for SMART, a regional technology and science consortium. He serves on the boards of the NJ Policy Research Organization (NJPRO), NJHA HealthPAC and NJBIA NEW JOBS. He served as chairman, and for 16 years as board member, of the Healthcare Employees Federal Credit Union. Hipp served on the board of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development, as president of the Healthcare Planning and Marketing Society of New Jersey and the New Jersey Health Care Public Relations and Marketing Association.
Hipp received a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Duke University in 1970 and a Master’s Degree in public relations from Rowan University in 1992. He is a fellow of Leadership New Jersey, class of 2005. He has received numerous awards, including the New Jersey Hospital Association Advocate Award and the President’s Award from Voluntary Hospitals of America/New Jersey. In 2011, Hipp received the American Hospital Association’s New Jersey Grassroots Champion Award in partnership with NJHA.