The CPA who helped turn a hospital around

The CPA who helped turn a hospital around

A 'cute meet'

Jay Nadel was living in Hackensack. So was Beth Edelman. Both were commuting to New York City, to their jobs – he in investing, she in fashion.

One day, on the bus to New York, they happened to sit next to each other. And began chatting.

The rest – 25 years and three children later (Hillary, Leslie, and Ross) – is history.

A Douglass College graduate who grew up in Fort Lee, Beth Nadel is a member of the board of Jewish Family Services, founding co-chair of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation’s Breakfast Club, and a committee member of Steps for Survival, an annual event that raises funds for the Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at EMHC.

Why has her husband been so successful – as an investor, then as a hospital executive?

“He’s focused,” she says. “He knows how to assess a situation, and he asks a lot of questions, to get to the nitty-gritty.

“And he believes everything is possible, that everyone can reach their goals.”

Well, does he have any flaws?

She thinks. “He can’t cook. When he has to provide for himself, he orders out. But I love to cook, so it doesn’t bother me.”

Is there anything she knows about him that might surprise people?
“He can be very sweet and tender and loving with me – and the rest of the family. People he works with don’t see his soft, compassionate side.”

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