Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert C. Garrett Named to ROI Influencers Power List 2019

March 4, 2019

Garrett is “one of the real modern-day examples of an executive who is not afraid to try something new.”

Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most integrated health care network, is pleased to announce that Robert C. Garrett, CEO, is ranked No. 13 among 30 leaders on ROI Influencers Power List 2019.

The exclusive roster is led by Gov. Phil Murphy and includes Senate President Steven Sweeney, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and U.S. Sen. Corey Booker. Mr. Garrett is the top-ranked health care executive in New Jersey on ROI Influencers Power List 2019.

“Bob is truly a visionary and an exceptional ambassador for our network,” said Gordon N. Litwin, Esq., chairman of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees. “We are privileged to have him leading our organization as we continue to grow, excel and provide high quality, innovative care and an outstanding patient experience.”

As ROI-NJ editors explain in including Mr. Garrett in this influential group: “There’s not enough space to discuss all of the innovative ideas Garrett is implementing or all of the partnerships he is pursing as head of Hackensack Meridian Health. And we haven’t even mentioned the new medical school at ON3 in Nutley and Clifton.”

An insider quoted by ROI-NJ notes: “This is one of the real modern-day examples of an executive who is not afraid to try something new, not afraid to embrace new technologies and business models – and not afraid to fail.”

Under Mr. Garrett’s leadership as sole CEO this year, the network welcomed Carrier Clinic, its 17th hospital; developed new strategic partnerships which will be announced in coming weeks and continued to support the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, which has received more than 5,700 applicants for its second class, which totals 90 students. Additionally, Mr. Garrett led influential panels at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland focusing on innovative breakthroughs in health care delivery and was a featured panelist at Harvard Business School’s annual summit on health care last month.

Donald J. Parker, president of Carrier Clinic, and Andrew Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE, president Physician Services and chief innovations officer for Hackensack Meridian Health, were included in a separate list, ROI Influencers Power List 2019: Health care.

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 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; 11 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, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick as well as Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead, which specializes in behavioral health care.

Additionally, the network has more than 180 patient care locations throughout the state which include 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 34,000 team members, and 6,500 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, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey, including Hackensack University Medical Center which is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include 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.

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