Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the 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 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 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, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 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 one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” 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.
The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.
Robert C. Garrett, FACHE
Co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health Network
Robert C. Garrett, a nationally-renowned healthcare leader and sought-after industry expert, is the co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health Network, one of the largest, most comprehensive health networks in New Jersey.
Mr. Garrett began his time with Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981 as a resident, and served as president and CEO of the Hackensack University Health Network from November 2009 through July 2016, at which time he assumed his current position as co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. In the face of healthcare reform, Mr. Garrett optimally positioned HackensackUHN and HackensackUMC for success through a series of acquisitions, mergers, partnerships and affiliations.
In July 2016, HackensackUHN merged with Meridian Health; creating one of the largest healthcare networks in New Jersey with 13 hospitals throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties, known as Hackensack Meridian Health Network. The network has a total of more than 4,000 beds; a network of physician practices with a medical team of nearly 6,000 credentialed members; more than 120 facilities; and approximately 28,000 team members.
In June 2015, HackensackUHN and Seton Hall University signed a definitive agreement to form a new, four-year school of medicine—the only private school of medicine in the state—located on the campus of the former Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in Nutley and Clifton, NJ.
These affiliations are in addition to HackensackUHN’s already-established partnerships with: AllSpire Health Partners, the largest healthcare consortium of its kind in the country; Aetna (Medicare Advantage plan); American Well (telehealth services); CityMD (urgent care centers); CVS MinuteClinic; Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (cardiac); Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (clinical and academic affiliation); Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (oncology); Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (ACO); MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (bone marrow transplant program); New Jersey Innovation Institute (New Jersey Institute of Technology); NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery; OMNIA Health Alliance (partnership with six health systems and Horizon BCBSNJ to develop tiered products); Summit Health Management (clinical affiliation); Uber (transportation); and United Surgical Partners International (ambulatory care centers). The network also maintains academic affiliations with Georgetown University School of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, St; George’s University School of Medicine, and Stevens Institute of Technology.
Mr. Garrett also steered HackensackUHN’s community health initiatives through HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants in Maywood, NJ – one of the largest fitness and wellness centers of its kind in New Jersey. In 2012, the HackensackAlliance ACO was one of just 27 ACOs selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Today, HackensackAlliance ACO has nearly 575 affiliated physicians covering 85,000 lives with an estimated MSSP cost savings of more than $17.21 million in its first two years of operation.
Hackensack University Medical Center is a 775-bed academic and research medical center with nearly 8,000 team members and more than 1,600 physicians. It is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and has received some of the most prestigious designations and distinctions from the nation’s leading healthcare ratings companies.
Mr. Garrett’s leadership and strategic vision has garnered much professional praise. He was ranked second on the NJBIZ 2016 “Power 50 Health Care” list, and received the Healthcare Professional of the Year award, as part of the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards. He was also ranked on its “Power 100: The most powerful people in New Jersey business” list for five consecutive years. He was listed as one of the “2015 130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know,” and is also one of the “2014 500+ People to Know in Healthcare” according to Becker’s Hospital Review. In 2013, he was selected as a member of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, an invite-only council representing some of the most well-respected business leaders in America. He was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Medical Executive Award, part of the prestigious Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Awards. Mr. Garrett has been honored by numerous organizations and agencies, and has been invited to speak at national events, such as the Healthgrades HealthShare Symposium and Becker’s Hospital Review’s annual meeting, and has been featured on numerous television programs and within numerous national publications.
In 2015, Mr. Garrett spoke at numerous conferences and events, including: NYU Stern Alumni Relations and the Stern Healthcare Association Conference; the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School’s Ethical Leadership Conference; Meadowlands Regional Chamber’s Thought Leaders Conference; the Association for Corporate Growth’s NJ Bergen Chapter event; and the New Jersey Bankers Association’s Economic Forum Conference.
Mr. Garrett serves on the boards of the Bank of America Trust Advisory Board, Bergen Community College Foundation, Choose New Jersey, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as the QualCare Board of Directors. He has also served on or is a member of: the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, New Jersey Hospital Association, Greater New York Hospital Association, and the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board; He received his Master of Health Administration from Washington University in Saint Louis and his Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in New York.
John K. Lloyd, FACHE
Co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health Network
John K. Lloyd is Co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest, most comprehensive health networks in New Jersey, which includes 13 hospitals, 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and over 200 facilities across the state. As Co-CEO, John oversees all the non-hospital businesses, including population health and the foundations.
Prior to his current position as co-CEO, John served as president and CEO of Meridian Health, a $1.8 billion, New Jersey-based, not-for-profit integrated health system, encompassing Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Bayshore Community Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy, and Meridian Partner Companies, which include home health services; skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities, fitness and wellness centers, ambulance services, physician practice management and support services, urgent care facilities, and ambulatory care and services located throughout central New Jersey.
John began his undergraduate education at Princeton University, and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps., before attaining a Masters of Business Administration in Health Administration at Temple University. Starting as an administrative resident at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, John entered the health care industry in 1972 with a keen business sense, high energy, and affable style that would serve him well throughout his career.
In 1982, when he was named president of Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, the hospital was at a crossroads. In collaboration with physicians, trustees, employees, and community leaders, John quickly set the hospital on a track to success unsurpassed in the region. Today, Jersey Shore University Medical Center is one of the leading independent academic medical centers in New Jersey, home to such advanced services as cardiac surgery, regional trauma center, comprehensive stroke center, and first state-designated children’s hospital in the region.
In January 1997, as the nation’s health care system underwent dramatic changes, John led the merger of Jersey Shore with two other highly-respected community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, to create Meridian Health. Together with the Meridian Partner Companies, Meridian established itself as the most comprehensive health care provider in the state. Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin and Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel joined the Meridian family in 2010. On January 1, 2016, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge and Perth Amboy became part of Meridian. Under John’s leadership, Meridian Health grew and evolved into a nationally-recognized health care leader, with a special focus on clinical quality, nursing excellence and innovative technology applications.
Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, has been recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as a one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America six times, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
John was instrumental in developing Meridian’s continuum of care, which helped the organization meet and exceed the challenges of health care reform. There are several programs that have put Meridian on the path towards population health management, while reducing costs and increasing quality. Meridian Accountable Care Organization (ACO) was established in 2013, currently cares for approximately 50,000 Medicare patients and is one of only three ACOs in New Jersey and few across the country to receive a savings. Meridian was selected as one of only four organizations in the country to participate in a Medicare palliative care demonstration pilot to improve the coordination of care for end-of-life patients. John also led Meridian’s participation in AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium consisting of seven of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.
John has served as chairman of New Jersey Hospital Association and has held local, state and national board positions at organizations such as the NJ Council of Teaching Hospitals, American Hospital Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, Georgian Court University, QualCare, Commerce Bank and Lifetime Fitness. John is a past recipient of the Medical Executive Award from the Academy of Medicine of NJ and the Distinguished Business Leader Award from Monmouth University. In 2009, John was recognized by the NJHA as its Healthcare Professional of the Year. He is currently ranked among the most powerful healthcare leaders by NJBIZ. John was listed as one of the 2016 “130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know.”