Hackensack Meridian Health Featured Prominently Among NJBIZ’s 2017 Healthcare Heroes Finalists

June 12, 2017

Awards recognize individuals and organizations committed to improving quality of health care; winners will be announced June 20

Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive and integrated health network, is featured prominently on NJBIZ‘s 2017 Healthcare Heroes list of finalists. NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Awards recognize individuals and organizations that are improving the quality of health care in New Jersey, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 20.

“Hackensack Meridian Health is developing a new culture of innovation that will create real change in people’s lives, and our team members are embracing new ideas and practices that will improve the healthcare we deliver,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “It is no surprise that Hackensack Meridian Health has so many finalists in NJBIZ’s Healthcare Heroes list, and I would like to thank our world class clinical team for all that they do to help Hackensack Meridian Health deliver highly organized, integrated care that is producing the best outcomes for our patients.”

“At Hackensack Meridian Health, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of medicine to reach new heights of research and innovation,” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Hackensack Meridian Health‘s hospitals, team leaders and team members are integral in our efforts to transform the way healthcare is delivered each and every day. We are so proud of all of our NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes finalists for everything they are doing to provide high-quality care for our patients.”

The Hackensack Meridian Health finalists featured on the 2017 Healthcare Heroes list include:

  • Andre Goy, M.D., Education Hero Finalist
    • Dr. Goy is the chairman of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center and medical director of Hackensack Meridian Health Oncology Services. He also leads the Lymphoma Program and holds the Lydia Pfund Chair for Lymphoma Research. Dr. Goy is in charge of research for the John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack Meridian Health and Regional Care Cancer Associates. He also serves as chair of Oncology for Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, and is a professor of medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dr. Goy’s interest as a lymphoma researcher focuses on novel therapies and new strategies to improve outcomes for lymphoma patients. Dr. Goy believes we have entered a true revolution in cancer medicine, which will be driven by precision medicine and immune-oncology as well as the use of big data and real time analytics to improve outcomes and support value-based care.
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center, Hospital of the Year Finalist
    • Responding to a network-wide imperative toward a high-reliability and a goal-zero organization, Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center leaders and team members accepted shared accountability. A culture change prompted quality and safety improvements, programmatic expansion, and an enhanced patient experience. Leaders identified a high-reliability health care organization as one that can be trusted to cause zero-harm by delivering the right care to the right patient at the right time and place. Southern Ocean Medical Center led the way within the network by training 90 percent of all team members within four months on the key principles – preoccupation with failure, deference to expertise, reluctance to simplify, sensitivity to operations, and commitment to resilience.
  • Jan Huston-Pryor, M.D., posthumously named Physician of the Year Finalist
    • A dedicated physician and an extraordinary person, Dr. Huston served as medical director of the Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center Breast Health Program and as a Mountainside Medical Group physician. To honor her life’s work and memory, this posthumous nomination was submitted on Dr. Huston’s behalf.  She was a beloved colleague, a valued mentor and a strong advocate for women’s health.  A leader in her field, Dr. Huston was an early proponent of the evidence-based approach to medicine now being widely embraced by colleagues. Known for her kind-hearted communication and genuine enthusiasm for the health and well-being of others, Dr. Huston is remembered for coaxing an easy laugh or a smile from those around her. With skill, care and commitment to her patients, she consistently made a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of her patients, their families and the community.
  • Beatriz “Bea” Garcia, Volunteer of the Year Finalist
    • Beatriz “Bea” Garcia of Edgewater, New Jersey, has been a true friend and tireless volunteer at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center for more than 21 years. She has become a vital part of the day-to-day activities and has logged more than 17,000 hours of volunteer service. Ms. Garcia is well respected by the medical staff, health care providers and team members for her work in lending a helping hand in virtually every department at the medical center. Her efforts have inspired many people on campus who refer to her as the “most versatile volunteer.” In addition to her volunteer work at Palisades Medical Center, Ms. Garcia is involved in several civic programs. The Mayor of Jersey City presented Ms. Garcia with an official Certificate of Appreciation and recognized her as one of the most-active members of the Hispanic Community in New Jersey. Ms. Garcia also currently serves on the Board of Health in Edgewater, NJ. A volunteer by nature who is innately generous and kind, Ms. Garcia is a giving, caring and important presence who has had a profoundly positive impact.

To view the full list of 2017 finalists, click here.

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 – Hackensack University Medical Center 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, 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.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.