Merger of equals: How Hackensack Meridian Health landed on a co-CEO model

June 21, 2016

In finding their spouse, many people claim to have found their “better half” — someone who complements their strengths and weaknesses. And perhaps there is no better term to describe the merger between Hackensack University Health Network and Meridian Health in New Jersey, which became final Tuesday after it received legal approval.

The two systems brought complementary strengths to the table when they signed a definitive agreement to merge in 2015: Hackensack brought academic strength, plans to open a private medical school with South Orange, N.J.-based Seton Hall University and a highly recognized academic medical center in Hackensack University Medical Center; Meridian boasted a large integrated network of hospitals and ambulatory care services, in addition to experience in population health and accountable care.

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