Hackensack University Medical Center Announces Mark D. Sparta as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

April 14, 2016


Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, executive vice president, chief population health officer, HackensackUHN; executive vice president and chief operating officer, HackensackUMC.

Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) is pleased to announce Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, has accepted an expanded role and will serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer for HackensackUMC in addition to his current responsibilities as executive vice president and chief population health officer, Hackensack University Health Network (HackensackUHN).

“Congratulations to Mark on his additional role with HackensackUMC.  Mark has been a colleague for over 25 years and I look forward to seeing him enhance the reputation of excellence at HackensackUMC while continuing to lend his expertise to the network as chief population health officer,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network.

In his newly expanded role, he will develop and lead the implementation of the HackensackUMC strategic directives that will be focused on achieving clinical, financial, quality of care, service, and workforce objectives. As the COO, he is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing daily operating activities at HackensackUHN’s flagship hospital, HackensackUMC.

“I am pleased to have Mark on our executive team at HackensackUMC.  His proven leadership here throughout the years will help us continue to be the top hospital in New Jersey and achieve the best patient outcomes and experience,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, HackensackUMC.

Sparta will continue to serve as executive vice president, chief population health officer for HackensackUHN, which will soon become Hackensack Meridian Health.  In this role, he oversees accountable care services for the full continuum of healthcare services across the defined populations.  He continues to cultivate a culture focused on health and “well-care” instead of “sick care” with physicians, employees and the community at large.

One of Sparta’s recent projects as chief population health officer included the implementation of Convenient CareNow, a direct link to healthcare by using telehealth. Partnering with American Well, a leading national telehealth company, ConvenientCare Now by Hackensack University Health Network is available through the use of smartphones, tablets, mobile devices or online video.  Patients have access to quality physicians any time of day.  ConvenientCare Now offers a convenient, accessible, patient-centered solution for non-emergent healthcare.

“Mark’s successes are evident in his interim appointment as CEO at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley and his executive leadership in the development of HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants on Route 17 in Maywood.  It makes him perfectly suited to serve both the HackensackUMC community and drive the population health efforts at the network level,” added Garrett.

Sparta previously held the interim position of CEO at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley where he spearheaded the proposed $14 million dollar project, doubling the Emergency Department space to more than 22,000 square feet and include a prominently featured entrance in the front of the facility.  He was also integral in opening its brand new Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center and Outpatient Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Service.

Sparta also was a driving force behind the development of HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants.  This facility is a state of the art Fitness & Wellness Center equipped with an unprecedented array of premier amenities to help achieve personal fitness and wellness goals. It combines HackensackUMC’s medical expertise and the New York Giants’ fitness leadership.

“I wish Mark the best in his newly expanded role as EVP and COO at HackensackUMC.  I am excited to see his continued success at both HackensackUMC and HackensackUHN,” said Garrett.

Sparta has received numerous awards for community service including the American College of Healthcare Executive’s Early Careerist Regent’s Award, Bergen County’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year and the American College of Healthcare Executive’s Service Award and serves on several boards of community non-profit organizations including being past-president of the Association of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration Health Policy and Management from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in addition to completing a two year fellowship program with the Advisory Board Company.  He is also Board-certified in Healthcare Management by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, executive vice president, chief population health officer, HackensackUHN; executive vice president and chief operating officer, HackensackUMC.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.