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Wednesday, September 18 2019 @ 04:00 PM EDT
The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Wednesday, September 18 2019 @ 04:00 PM EDT
The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert C. Garrett included in The CEO Forum’s 10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America

Prestigious list includes CEOs of Cleveland Clinic, Stamford Health and other major networks

April 8, 2019 ― Edison, NJ ― Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, is pleased to announce that CEO Robert C. Garrett is among the visionary leaders recognized in The CEO Forum’s 10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America.

The CEO Forum recognized Mr. Garrett’s exceptional leadership in the successful merger of two health networks, the partnership with Carrier Clinic to transform behavioral health care and “pioneering the redesign of medical education by creating a world-class medical school.’’

“I am honored to receive this recognition which would not be possible without exceptional teams who join me in living our mission to transform health care,’’ said Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

Other CEOs in the article include: Dr. Tom Mihaljevic of Carrier Clinic, Kathleen Silard of Stamford Health and Michael J. Dowling of Northwell Health.

The network’s merger with Carrier Clinic will result in the opening of new drug treatment centers – including the first in Bergen County later this year – and the state’s first behavioral health urgent care centers, the magazine noted.

Additionally, the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University is transforming medical education in three major ways: offering a 3-yr path to residency; providing inter-disciplinary learning and a community immersion program which pairs students with patients in underserved communities so they have a greater understanding of the social determinants of health. The school, located in Clifton and Nutley, will soon welcome its second class. Nearly 5,000 applicants have applied for 90 slots.

“Our new concept of a medical school will build a unified culture with shared academic skills and will emphasize the humanistic side of clinical care,’’ Mr. Garrett said in an interview with The CEO Forum.

Hackensack University Health Network merged with Meridian Health in 2016, creating what is now a 17-hospital network from Bergen to Ocean counties, with 4,500 beds, 6,500 credentialed physicians, 500 patient care locations and 34,000 team members.

Mr. Garrett said: “The core to leadership is being mission driven, number one. You need to believe in it deeply. And you need to attract the best people around you who I would call our missionaries.’’

Here is the article: http://hackensackmeridianhealth.org/CEOForum


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick; and a behavioral health hospital, Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Top 150 Places to Work in Healthcare/2018 by Becker’s Healthcare. 

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the only private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.  Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org

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