Hackensack Meridian Health Vice President Named to Becker’s Hospital Review: Rising Stars in Healthcare 2017

June 21, 2017

Jose Lozano honored for outstanding efforts in the merger of two major health networks and development of new medical school

Hackensack Meridian Health, the state’s most comprehensive and integrated health care network, announced that Jose Lozano, chief of staff, vice president, corporate services and governance for the network, was named to Becker’s Hospital Review: Rising Stars in Healthcare 2017 – 60 under 40.

Mr. Lozano played an instrumental role in the merger of Meridian Health and the Hackensack University Health Network last year, which has resulted in a dynamic partnership with 13 hospitals in seven counties and plans to open a new medical school with Seton Hall University next year.

“Jose’s dedicated and dynamic leadership is evident in so many successes at Hackensack Meridian Health,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “With great energy and vision, he has helped to advance our evolution and leadership in health care in New Jersey and beyond.”

Mr. Lozano joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 2013 as chief of staff and managed several aspects of the executive office in addition to leading the public relations and communications efforts of the medical center and Hackensack University Health Network.

Prior to joining Hackensack University Medical Center, Mr. Lozano was appointed by the Obama administration as deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The youngest person in the role serving as a member of an executive team, Mr. Lozano led an immediate staff of more than 100 employees at an agency with 17,000 employees and an $8 billion budget.

Mr. Lozano played a key role in the development and implementation of the agency’s environmental agenda, domestically and abroad, while serving as one of the agency’s top public affairs officials.

On the state level, he served as director of strategic and external affairs at the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. He assisted in preparing the agency’s $10 million budget.

Prior to his position at New Jersey’s Homeland Security Office, Mr. Lozano served New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine in a variety of roles, beginning as a policy advisor to then-Senator Corzine. He continued with the gubernatorial campaign, serving next on the transition team and later as director of operations. At age 26, as the youngest director in the governor’s office, Mr. Lozano managed much of the governor’s legislative and political operations, communications and cabinet relations.

Mr. Lozano was the recipient of NJBIZ’s 2015 40 under 40 award and most recently ranked in 2017 as the magazine’s list of the top 50 most powerful leaders in health care.

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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 200 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.